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published: 3/17/04
updated: 12/10/13

The Darshanas




What are the Darshanas?

The Darshanas are varying attempts to develop and systematize the Vedas, and they are thus considered manuals of philosophy. The six Darshana sutras are:

  • Brahma Sutra - Vedanta philosophy of Sage Vyasa
  • Mimamsa Sutra - Philosophy of rites and rituals of Sage Jaimini
  • Nyaya Sutra - Logical analysis of Sage Gautama (not Buddha)
  • Vaisheshika Sutra - Atomic philosophy of Sage Kanada
  • Sankya Sutras - Sankya philosophy of Sage Kapila
  • Yoga Sutras - Yoga philosophy of Sage Patanjali