From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia
By Jit Majumdar
Sometimes transliterated as: Carvaka, CArvAka, Caarvaaka
- sweet tongued
- one with an attractive or charming speech
- a philosopher of ancient India whose personal identity and life is obscure, and who is the propagator of an ancient non-theistic, anti-idealistic, materialist and anti-theological philosophy named after him, which is the first instance in history of non-religious and non-theistic materialism, and which along with Sāńkhya, precedes all the philosophical schools of India.