Cārvāka also known as Lokāyata, is a system of Indian philosophy that assumes various forms of philosophical skepticism and religious indifference.It is named after its founder, Cārvāka, author of the Bārhaspatya-sūtras.

In overviews of Indian philosophy, Cārvāka is classified as a “heterodox” (nāstika) system, the same classification as is given to Buddhism and Jainism. It is characterized as a materialistic and atheistic school of thought. While this branch of Indian philosophy is not considered to be part of the six orthodox schools of Hindu philosophy, it is noteworthy as evidence of a materialistic movement within Hinduism.


The Cārvāka school of philosophy had a variety of atheistic, materialistic, and naturalistic beliefs.

No life after death
The Carvaka believed there was no afterlife, no life after deathSpringing forth from these elements itself solid knowledge is destroyed when they are destroyed—after death no intelligence remains.

The Carvaka believed in a form of naturalism, that is that all things happen by nature, and come from nature (not from any deity or Supreme Being). Fire is hot, water cold, refreshingly cool is the breeze of morning; By whom came this variety? They were born of their own nature.

Sensual indulgence
Unlike many of the Indian philosophies of the time, the Carvaka believed there was nothing wrong with sensual indulgence, and that it was the only enjoyment to be pursued.
That the pleasure arising to man from contact with sensible objects, is to be relinquished because accompanied by pain—such is the reasoning of fools. The kernels of the paddy, rich with finest white grains,What man, seeking his own true interest,would fling them away because of a covering of husk and dust?While life remains, let a man live happily,let him feed on butter though he runs in debt;When once the body becomes ashes,how can it ever return again?

Religion is invented by man
The Carvaka believed that religion was invented and made up by men, having no divine authority.
The three authors of the Vedas were buffoons, knaves, and demons.
All the well-known formulae of the pandits, jarphari, turphari, etc.and all the obscene rites for the queen commanded in Aswamedha,these were invented by buffoons, and so all the various kinds of presents to the priests,while the eating of flesh was similarly commanded by night-prowling demons.

Once again this is just a general look of this religion.



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