SB 1.3.10

SB 1.3.10

पञ्चमः कपिलो नाम सिद्धेशः कालविप्लुतम् ।
प्रोवाचासुरये साङ्ख्यं तत्त्वग्रामविनिर्णयम् ॥१०॥


pañcamaḥ kapilo nāma
siddheśaḥ kāla-viplutam
provācāsuraye sāṅkhyaṁ


pañcamaḥ—the fifth one; kapilaḥ—Kapila; nama—of the name; siddheśaḥ—the foremost amongst the perfect; kala—time; viplutam—lost; provāca—said; āsuraye—unto the brāhmaṇa named Āsuri; sankhyam—metaphysics; tattva-grāma—the sum total of the creative elements; vinirṇayam—exposition. 


The fifth incarnation, named Lord Kapila, is foremost among perfected beings. He gave an exposition of the creative elements and metaphysics to Āsuri Brāhmaṇa, for in course of time this knowledge had been lost. 


The sum total of the creative elements is twenty-four in all. Each and every one of them is explicitly explained in the system of Sāṅkhya philosophy. Sāṅkhya philosophy is generally called metaphysics by the European scholars. The etymological meaning of sāṅkhya is “that which explains very lucidly by analysis of the material elements.” This was done for the first time by Lord Kapila, who is said herein to be the fifth in the line of incarnations. 

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