The active and invigorating feminine aspect that with puruṣa forms the cosmogonic basis within Sāṃkhya philosophy
The Feminine Principle
Prakṛti is the active and invigorating feminine aspect that along with puruṣa (the male aspect) forms the cosmogonic basis within Sāṃkhya philosophy. Within this dualist philosophical system, prakṛti is the basis for all materiality. Prakṛti can be translated in many different ways, usually as “nature” or “matter”; however, both of these are ultimately lacking as a direct translation. It is perhaps best understood through a comparison to the Neo-Confucian concept of qi, which enlivens the principle essences (li) providing manifestation and invigorating both. Prakṛti is simultaneously a cosmic source of energetic activity and the source of all material existence .
In order to understand prakṛti, a brief overview of Sāṃkhyan philosophy is helpful See .
Sāṃkhya is nontheistic and provides an explanation of cosmogony...
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