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I'm trying to wrap my head around the Advaita teaching that Ishvara is the "reflection" (abhasavada) of Brahman in Maya. I first thought that this means Ishvara is a kind of illusion, ontologically not real, contrary to Brahman. But then I read that this interpretation is flat out wrong, and that Ishvara is real in Maya.

So could you help me to understand Adi Shankara's doctrine of reflection?

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    Good question. Excellent! There are too much philosophies in 1 sect itself. – Akshay S Mar 17 at 3:45
  • its a metaphor.... – Swami Vishwananda Mar 17 at 7:28

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