This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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Purusha, prakriti, and the human person

We must mention again here the relationship between Purusha and Prakriti, although we have already done so when discussing the overall characteristics of Indian doctrine. We will in fact return to this subject throughout our study, because by its nature it must be dealt with from various points of view depending on where we find ourselves, just as here, now, certain comments which would have been out of place earlier will be necessary. Again, we emphasize that Purusha and Prakriti out to be taken as identical to the Aristotelian notions of ‘essence’ and ‘substance.’ On the other hand, they should never be taken to represent the dichotomy of spirit-matter, due to the fact that these two ideas, as taken in contemporary thought, have no place in traditional doctrine. In order for manifestation to be produced, Purusha must enter into correlation with another principle. Ultimately, this relation is non-existent, that is to say it is illusory if Purusha is viewed in its highest aspect; but from the relative point of view its correlative is Prakriti, which we have already mentioned above. This is why Prakriti is represented as feminine, being the passive principle, and Purusha the active and masculine. These are the two poles of manifestation, unmanifested themselves. Through the union of these complements, all states are produced, including the human individual state.

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