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Carvaka Philosophy

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Carvaka philosophy appears to have died out some time after 1400 CE. Countering the argument that the Carvakas opposed all that was good in the Vedic tradition, Dale Riepe says, "It may be said from the available material that Carvakas hold truth, integrity, consistency, and freedom of thought in the highest esteem...
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After invoking, in the Prologue of the book, the Hindu gods Siva and Vishnu, ("by whom the earth and rest were produced"), Madhavacharya asks, in the first chapter: ...but how can we attribute to the Divine Being the giving of supreme felicity, when such a notion has been utterly abolished by Charvaka, the crest-gem of the atheistic school, the follower of the doctrine of Brihaspati? The efforts of Charvaka are indeed hard to be eradicated, for the majority of living beings hold by the current refrain ? While life is yours, live joyously; None can escape Death's searching eye: When once this frame of ours they burn, How shall it e'er again return? Some quotations (attributed to Carvaka) from Sarva-Darsana-Sangraha The Agnihotra, the three Vedas, the ascetic's three staves, and smearing oneself with ashes ? Brihaspati says, these are but means of livelihood for those who have no manliness nor sense...
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