Is the realization of an advaitin real? If it is real, it implies duality. Else, what remains? He can't be followed as teacher. As far as I know Gaudapada says there is no realization at all.

What do advaitins think about realization?

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    If you are aware of the sensual universe then it is 'real' as you are aware of duality. From the standpoint of Nirguna Brahman, then there is no realization. Gaudapada is speaking from the standpoint of the Absolute, from Nirguna Brahman. You are mixing together two different standpoints together in your question. Apr 24, 2019 at 5:42
  • You need to define what is meant by "real".
    – user16581
    Apr 24, 2019 at 5:50
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    I have rarely seen such a confused and confusing question!!
    – user17294
    Apr 24, 2019 at 6:51
  • @SwamiVishwananda so for a realized souls who is realized according to us, there exists nothing real,his view is same as from the standpoint of absolute, is it? Apr 24, 2019 at 7:38
  • Because of prArabdha karma, a realized person still moves in this world, even after realization. He sees world as dream.
    – user16581
    Apr 24, 2019 at 10:35

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Self-realization is real and happens in Turiya. Does the dish antennae look at itself? Who is the observer and what is observed? Imagine the observer to be the soul and observed the super soul. Observer is part of the observed. Just like a dish antennae

Relevant Aadi shankara sloka:

Prátah smarámi hrudi samsphuradátmatattvam saccitsukham paramahamsagatim turèyam yatsvapna jágarasussuptamavaiti nityam tadbrahma niskalamaham na cha bhutasañgha.

At dawn I remember the Reality which is the Self, shining brilliantly in the heart, existence-consciousness-happiness, the goal of Paramahamsasannyasins (sages), the Fourth; That which knows always the states of dream, waking and deep-sleep, that Brahman which is partless I am, not the cluster of elements.

Brahman undivided. Observer = minutest part of observed


Now what about the body? Is that consciousness? It is. It is created by the supreme Brahman as an extension to itself to host the individual soul and gives it experiences or maya to finally see whether the individual soul can realize its true nature. World is maya fromYoga vashista section lavanoupagyanam

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    You need to cite sources for your answer.
    – user16581
    Apr 24, 2019 at 5:48

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