Nāstika Darśanas

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Nastika Darsanas, NAstika DarZanas, Naastika Darshanas

Indian philosophical systems known as Darśanas have been broadly grouped under two categories:

  1. The āstika - All those systems which accept the authority of the Vedas are called ‘āstika’.
  2. The nāsitka - All those systems those do not accept the authority of the Vedas are branded as ‘nāstika’. The Cārvāka, the Jaina and the Bauddha systems are classified under it.


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore