From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Nairātmyavāda literally means ‘school of philosophy that does not admit of ātman or a permanent soul’.

Certain schools of philosophy like the Cārvāka and the Bauddha, do not subscribe to the view that there is a permanent reality called ātman, behind our body-mind complex, that survives death. The arguments and philosophy of such schools are designated as ‘Nairātmyavāda'.


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

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