From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia
By Swami Harshananda
Satkāryavāda literally means ‘the theory of the effect really existing previously in the cause’.
Since a real effect cannot come out of an unreal cause, this theory put forward by the Sāṅkhya philosophy argues that the effect must have pre-existed in the cause, in a subtle form before manifestation. This is satkāryavāda. This theory is also called ārambhavāda and pariṇāmavāda.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore