A psychological analysis of the sense of agency in the Sāṅkhyakārikā and Yogasūtra

dc.contributor.advisorTraphagan, John W.
dc.creatorTrivedi, Hemal Pradip
dc.creator.orcid0000-0002-9842-3727
dc.date.accessioned2019-11-26T17:33:06Z
dc.date.available2019-11-26T17:33:06Z
dc.date.created2019-05
dc.date.issued2019-05
dc.date.submittedMay 2019
dc.date.updated2019-11-26T17:33:07Z
dc.description.abstractSāṅkhya, with its rigorous introduction to metaphysics, revolutionizes Indian philosophy by delineating the constituents of reality: puruṣa (consciousness) and prakṛti (matter). Yoga, the sister school of Sāṅkhya, borrows from the latter’s metaphysics and introduces a psychologically based paradigm that allows for practitioners to apply the metaphysical teachings of Sāṅkhya. Using the metaphysical and psychological constructs of the mind in both schools, this paper serves to ask the question: Which school of thought, through their authoritative texts, generates more of a sense of agency for the practitioner? In other words, which text encourages the practitioner to feel that he is an agent of his actions? Using the Sāṅkhyakārikā to represent Sāṅkhya, this paper explores the impersonal feelings evoked by the predominance of metaphysics in this text. Using the Yogasūtra to represent Yoga, this paper reveals the highly personal and egoic reading provided by psychology and practice based verses. Using four concepts to measure an SoA (frequency, variety of choices, centralizing and results of personal effort) it is clear that theoretically, the Yogasūtra provides the practitioner with a more promising feeling of ownership over his pursuits
dc.description.departmentReligious Studies
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2152/78596
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.26153/tsw/5652
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectSāṅkhya
dc.subjectYoga
dc.subjectMind
dc.subjectEgo
dc.subjectBuddhi
dc.subjectAhaṅkāra
dc.subjectManas
dc.subjectPsychology
dc.subjectYogasūtra
dc.subjectSāṅkhyakārikā
dc.subjectPsychology of religion
dc.subjectPsychology of mind
dc.subjectIndian philosophy
dc.titleA psychological analysis of the sense of agency in the Sāṅkhyakārikā and Yogasūtra
dc.typeThesis
dc.type.materialtext
thesis.degree.departmentReligious Studies
thesis.degree.disciplineReligious Studies
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austin
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts

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