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Brihaspati created the Charvaka system to deceive the Asuras.. Here is what the seventh Prapathaka of the Maitrayaniya Upanishads says: Brihaspati, having become Sukra, brought forth that false knowledge for the safety of Indra and for the destruction of the Asuras. By it they show that good is evil, and that evil is good. They say that we ought to ...


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There have been 4 main non-theistic(nirīśvara-vāda) schools in Hinduism: Sāṃkhya Yoga Purva Mīmāṃsā Cārvāka Cārvāka was a materialistic non-theistic school. I.e they believed in only pratyakṣa(perception) pramāna(valid means to knowledge). This puts them in the material realm. A simplified view of their philosophy would be : "If you can see something ...


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Yes. There is a system of philosophy known as Lokayata which supports atheism. The followers of this system are known as Charvakas. Bruhaspati founded this branch of philosophy. Charvakas do not believe in Heaven, Hell, Soul and Karma


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Charvakas : Indian Materialism" refers to the school of thought within Indian philosophy that rejects supernaturalism.  It is regarded as the most radical of the Indian philosophical systems.  It rejects the existence of other worldly entities such an immaterial soul or god and the after-life.  Its primary philosophical import comes by way of a scientific ...


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The Advaita philosopher Adi Shankaracharya interprets this verse as referring to the Charvakas, aka the Lokayatikas or materialistic atheists. Here is what he says in his Bhagavad Gita Bhashya: asatyaṃ yathā vayam anṛtaprāyāḥ tathā idaṃ jagat sarvam asatyam? apratiṣṭhaṃ ca na asya dharmādharmau pratiṣṭhā ataḥ apratiṣṭhaṃ ca? iti te āsurāḥ janāḥ jagat ...


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Since, the verse BG 16.8 is in continuation of BG 16.6-7, the term "they" means "those with demonic nature". So your Qn boils down to: Do people of demonic nature belong to particular sect? Ofcourse No. It's not related to groups of people being bad/good or sinful/sinless. There are verses in Gita, which says that even the worst among the humans, could ...


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Atheism is accepted as a Nastika branch of Sanatana Dharma because of the importance given to conscience in Sanatana Dharma. After all even the Gita shloka 18.63 says: Thus have I imparted to you wisdom which is more secret (profound) than all that is secret (profound). Reflecting over this whole teaching, do as you think fit. Lord Krishna does not ...


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Actually, No philosophy is Man created;Every philosophy is already inherently present in the nature. It just manifests according to the demand. All philosophies are describing the role of consciousness only. From Prtyabhijnahridyam of the acharya Kshemraja The positions of the various systems of philosophy are only various roles of that (Consciousness ...


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The Cārvāka philosophy is a non-vedantic, nastika school of thought that was widely known in ancient India. The notions of divine/scriptural authority, religious rituals, and an afterlife are rejected. Heaven/Hell, gods and demons were rejected as well. To call it hinduism or not is just semantics.


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According to Swami Sivananda's commentary, they might be referring to Vaiśeṣikas as well. Translation By Swami Sivananda 16.8 They say, "This universe is without truth, without (moral) basis, without a God, brought about by mutual union, with lust for its cause; what else?" Commentary by Swami Sivananda 16.8 asatyam without truth? ...


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If a beast slain in the Jyotishtoma rite will itself go to heaven This is from the observer perspective. Beast itself doesn't get sacrificed for the sake of attaining heaven. Like how soldiers don't get martyred themselves just to go to heaven. [ Add on reference: Martyr concept in Hinduism ] That means, beast (or a soldier) would be living normally. Upon ...


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Because The Lord is most liberal I will not digress here what is Hinduism, but will answer in terms of Vedic culture. Vedas are the knowledge of God, and the knowledge of God is complete. So, everything is included. There can only be one Absolute. Even those who do not believe in His/its existence or oppose Him, are still inevitably part of the Absolute. ...


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There will always be two groups of people. One who will believe in afterlife, God, etc. (the theists) and the other who will not believe in afterlife, God, etc. (the atheists). The ideology of Cārvāka fills the atheistic position in Hinduism. However, the thing to note is that this school of thought being faulty has already lost its prominence being refuted ...


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