purusha

purusha

[poor-uh-shuh]
noun Hinduism.
(in Sankhya and Yoga) one's true self, regarded as eternal and unaffected by external happenings.
Compare prakriti.


Origin:
< Sanskrit puruṣa literally, man

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purusha

("person," or "spirit"), in Indian philosophy, the soul, or self. The existence of an eternal, unchanging self is accepted by most schools of Indian philosophy, though they differ in their description of its essence and the proofs for its existence.

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