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What's the philosophical difference between various schools of Vedanta philosophy? According to dualism (Dvaita), Jivatma and Parmatma are two different things; non-dualism (Advaita)- Jivatma and Parmatma are same, and also there are others schools viz., Dvaitadvaita, Vishistadvaita, Upadhika, Shuddhadvaita, Achintya, and Neo-Vedanta. So, what's the basic difference among these schools? Please explain me!

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    The difference has to be in "Stage of Perceiving the truth". Hence they are Not related as competitors, but as levels of understandings. Dvaita perceives truth at outer (i.e. physical/body) level. Advaita perceives it at inner (i.e. soul) level. Advaita makes you much closer to God in no time but to retain that feeling continuously is not easy. Dvaita keeps you in current reality to strive for God. While Advaita is easy to start with, Bhakti is better progressed with Dvaita. There are some intermediate schools too. Consider this as answer without sources. – iammilind Feb 7 '16 at 17:10

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