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:
- The āstika - All those systems which accept the authority of the Vedas are called ‘āstika’.
- 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