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42 Lokayata: Indian Materialism Another response to Brahminism came in the form of avowedly materialist schools of philosophy. The most notable of these is called Lokayata [from lok, meaning people]. The name is telling, since Lokayata refers to the "philosophy of the people". This is something of a caricature of Lokayata philosophy. Brahminism condemned Lokayata as the creation of asuras (demons). Lokayata is simply described as a form of this-worldliness, an endorsement of the view that the self is nothing but the body.
34 When Svetaketu returns the following morning, the salt has dissolved. Uddalaka has him taste a bit of the water from the top. Some of the water is thrown away. Svetaketu tastes some from the middle of the glass. Svetaketu then takes a sip from the bottom. 35 Union of Brahman and Atman Just as the salt pervades the entire glass of water, so, the Upanishads suggest, a single essence pervades the entire universe. A single seed of a fig, Uddalaka points out, contains within it the essence of all existence.
470 BC) also counselled a simple faith shorn of priests and rituals. Mahavira emphasized right faith, right knowledge and right conduct. Mahavira became known as Jina or the Conqueror. His disciples came to be called Jainas. There are today several million Jainas, concentrated mainly in western India. Jainas are generally strict vegetarians and famous for their reverence for all living things. 41 Ahimsa or Non-Violence Is there anything common to Buddhism and Jainism? Both religions arose from the soil of India.