Kapila was a Hindu sage and founder of the Sankhya school of rationality, which shaped a critical piece of India’s old philosophical legacy. Although it is difficult to trace his life because of unconfirmed and meager records, we know that he was born in 3,000 BCE, and eventually because of his discoveries came to be recognized as the Father of Cosmology.
From what is available, here’s a list of the most intriguing facts about him:
1. Kapila was born in 3,000 BCE to the distinguished sage Kardam and Devhuti.
He is thought to be a descendent of Manu. Furthermore, he’s regarded as the grandson of Master Brahma.
2. He is portrayed in the Puranas as an avatar of Lord Vishnu who came to earth to restore spiritual balance through his teachings.
He is known for instructing a process of liberation known as bhakti yoga.
3. Some Buddhist writings assert that the Buddha was Kapila in his past life.
There are sources which claim that he fabricated the city of Kapil Vasthu, which is known to be the birth place of Gautama Buddha.
4. He introduced the world to the Sankhya philosophy, which lays down the principles of the universal world.
Western researchers by and large equate Sankhya with metaphysics.
5. Kapila’s teachings were initially recorded in the ‘Shrimad Bhagavatam’, a standout amongst the most critical scriptural reports of Vedic belief in a higher power.
Kapila is specified by Krishna in the ‘Bhagavad Gita’ as the most complete being. Truth be told, Kapila’s teachings are cited broadly in the ‘Shrimad Bhagavatam’.
6. The Sankhya tries to explain the creation of our extraordinary universe and the part played by soul and matter (purusha and prakruti).
It also analyzes the religious power of the Vedas. It is the most seasoned of the Hindu philosophical systems and is viewed as the foundation of Hindu philosophy.
7. Kapila declared that prakruti, with the motivation of purusha, is the mother of cosmic creation and all energies.
Which further enlightened us that all exist in prakruti not in purusha. And that is liberation where all senses cease and all sense objects are changed.
8. His spearheading work tossed light on the nature and standards of a definitive soul (purusha), primal matter (prakruti) and creation.
Kapila stated that prakruti is a mix of the three qualities – sattwa, rajas and tamas, and their imbalance in nature gives birth to materialistic desires.
9. His findings are aimed at making the purusha understand his actual nature and heavenliness, and this purusha is the real spirit and the authentic nature of each person.
10. Even Sri Krishna talks of the Sankhya as the main theory in ‘Bhagvat Gita’.
It tries to explain how everything that exists on the planet creates some afflictions and distress.
11. Kapila’s Sankhya is taught in diverse Hindu texts, for example in ‘Mahabharata’ he said, “Acts only cleanse the body. Knowledge, however, is the highest end”.
12. Patanjali, the creator of the Yoga Sutras and the Mahabhasya, became a follower of the Sankhya philosophy.
The yoga framework advanced in the Yoga Sutras of the sage Patanjali is primarily based on the Sankya philosophy.
13. His idea of change of vitality and significant discourses on atma, non-atma and the unpretentious components of the universe place him in an exclusive class of expert achievers.
14. Swami Vivekananda considered Kapila to be the best psychologist the world has ever known and said that there is no philosophy on the planet that is not obliged to Kapila.
15. There is a mainstream temple near the sacrosanct urban communities of Tirupati and Tirumala, known as Kapila Theertham.
A legend has indicated that Sage Kapila lived there in an Ashram and used to worship Shiva there.