Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Samkhya - 01 - tanmAtra

In order to start our discussion on Samkhya, we start with what is known as Tanamatra.

tanamAtra literally means "merely that" or in other words elementary matter, that is the smallest and most subtle form of matter, without magnitude, and perceived only through objects.

These tanmAtra-s are:
a. shabda or the essense of Sound
b. sparsha or the essence of Touch
c. rUpa or the essence of Form
d. rasa or the essence of Flavor
e. gandha or the essence of Odor

Now two questions need to be asked:
a. how is tanmAtra manifested?
b. how is tanmAtra perceived?

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