From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Sankhya-yoga, SAGkhya-yoga, Saankhya-yoga

Sāṅkhya-yoga literally means ‘yoga of sāṅkhya or knowledge’.

Sāṅkhya-yoga as per Bhagavadgītā

The second chapter of the Bhagavadgītā is called Sāñkhyayoga since it deals with sāṅkhya or jñāna or knowledge of the ātman. Elsewhere, the words sāṅkhya and yoga have been used to signify Jñānayoga and Karmayoga.[1]

Sāṅkhya-yoga as per Prānāgnihotra Upaniṣad

The Prānāgnihotra Upaniṣad[2] uses the word to mean intense thinking. In the Muktikopaniṣad[3] it means Jñānayoga.


  1. Bhagavadgītā 5.5
  2. Prānāgnihotra Upaniṣad 1
  3. Muktikopaniṣad 1.16
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore