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Kapila was an ancient sage who was an incarnation of Vishnu and the founder of the Samkhya school of philosophy.

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Time period of Kapila muni

If Kapila muni lived during Svayambhuva-manvantara, did he live approximately 426 Maha-yugas back?. Reasons for this question: Current Manu is 7/14. Swayambhu Manu is 1/14. Each Manu rules 71 Maha-...
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Do any Puranas or Itihasas explicitly state that Vishnu incarnated as Kapila to delude the masses?

Various Puranas and Itihasas explicitly mention Vishnu incarnating as Buddha to teach an anti-Vedic doctrine in order to deceive certain Asuras from their righteous path. Kapila, the founder of the ...
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What is the difference between Sāṅkhya Sutras and Sāṅkhya Pravachana Sutras?

Among the six Darshana Sutras, Sāṅkhya can be said to be oldest one which is written by Kapila. Most of people read or refer Sāṅkhya Karika to study Sāṅkhya philosophy probably because it is the ...
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How do Advaitins explain the meaning of the verse "naikātmatāṁ me spṛhayanti" in Srimad Bhagvatam 3.25.34?

Could someone kindly explain the advaitic interpreation of the verse नैकात्मतां मे स्पृहयन्ति केचिन्मत्पादसेवाभिरता मदीहाः | येऽन्योन्यतो भागवताः प्रसज्य सभाजयन्ते मम पौरुषाणि ॥ ३.२५.३४ ॥ naikātmatāṁ ...
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Where did sage Kapil reside?

There is a story of King Sagar's sixty thousand sons digging up the earth while looking for the Ashwamedh horse that Indra had stolen. A lot of people would know the story so I am not posting it in ...
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Who is Āsuri Brāhmaṇa and why did Lord Kapila exposit sāṅkhya to the same?

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam says here (quoted below) pañcamaḥ kapilo nāma siddheśaḥ kāla-viplutam provācāsuraye sāṅkhyaṁ tattva-grāma-vinirṇayam that is, Lord Kapila, foremost among perfected ...
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Avoiding the company of persons who are not spiritually advanced

According to SB 3.29.18: TEXT 18 ādhyātmikānuśravaṇān nāma-saṅkīrtanāc ca me ārjavenārya-saṅgena nirahaṅkriyayā tathā TRANSLATION A devotee should always try to hear about spiritual ...
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What is the Guru Parampara of the Samkhya philosopher Ishwara Krishna?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school. But there are five other Astika or orthodox schools of Hindu philosophy: Purva Mimamsa, Samkhya,...
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Which Acharyas believe in the two-Kapilas theory and which don't?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school. But there are five other Astika or orthodox schools of Hindu philosophy: Purva Mimamsa, Samkhya,...
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What is the story of Kapila son of Prahlada?

It is well-known that there are four Ashramas or stages of life in Hinduism: Brahmacharis or celibates, Grihastis or householder, Vanaprasthis or forest-dwellers, and Sanyasis or ascetics. What is ...
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What is the earliest reference to Vishnu's incarnation Kapila?

As I discuss in this question, in the Bala Kanda of Ramayana, Vishwamitra tells Rama and Lakshmana the famous story of the descent of the Ganga river to the Earth. As described in this chapter of the ...
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What is the earliest reference to Vāsudeva as a name of Vishnu?

In the Bala Kanda of the Ramayana, the sage Vishwamitra tells Rama and Lakshmana the famous story of the descent of the Ganga river to Earth. As described in this chapter of the Bala Kanda, Rama's ...
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