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How to prove that Brahman is eternal using Tarka alone?

How did Adi Shankaracharya or Advaita followers prove that Brahman is eternal by not using shabda pramana? {By using Tarka or logical reasoning; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarka_sastra}
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How is Brahman Anantam?

Satyam Jnanam Anantam Brahman (Taittariya Upanishad 2.1.1) Anantam means end less, which means you must be able to traverse it. As Brahman has no attributes an is devoid of differences how is it ...
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How is the Advaita Brahman a controller?

In Aparokshanubhuti 18th shoka it says But how can the Brahman be the controller as it is akartha(non doer) and cannot influence maya at all?
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How can Dvaita explain splitting up of soul?

I was researching Dvaita vs Advaita and came across this really interesting question. According to Dvaita, a person can split his soul and take multiple bodies and dissolve karma. But how is this ...
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न तस्य कार्यं? Isn't Ishwara Nimitta Karana?

It says here that Shri Adi Shankaracharya says this in his Brahma Sutra Bhashya. Now this Saguna Brahman is he with a particular form as per Shankara, let us look at what he says “मन्त्रौ चेमावी...
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What is the form of Ishwara according to Advaita? [duplicate]

NOTE: I'm not asking about Brahman which is attribute less. I'm asking about Saguna Brahman or Ishwara according to the orthodox Advaita Vedanta of Shri Adi Shankaracharya. Here this blog says ...
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Where and by who has the Narayana Upanishad been Quoted?

From what I have heard so far, it is said that the Narayana Upanishad (not to be confused with the Mahanarayana Upanishad of Taittiriya Aranyaka) has been quoted by Shripaada Adi Shankaracharya and ...
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What is the source of Shri Adi Shankaracharya saying "ईश्वरः नारायणशीलः" or "Ishwaraha Narayanasheelaha"?

In some religious discourse given by Shri Bannanje Govindacharya, I heard him say that Shri Adi Shankaracharya had said ईश्वरः नारायणशीलः Ishwaraha Narayanasheelaha What is the source of it?
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Why is Surya Deva an aspect of Bhagawan in Smartism?

Selfhood cannot be ascribed to the sun, on account of his externality (parâgrûpatva). Immortality, &c. also cannot be predicated of him, as Scripture speaks of his origin and his dissolution. For ...
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If Brahman is nirguna, how are we even sure that such an entity or state exists?

If Brahman is nirguna, how are we even sure that such an entity or state exists? And if it does exist, then isn't "existence" one of its attributes (guna)? Then how can we say Brahman is ...
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Synonymous word in hindi or kannada language [closed]

In vedanta an upadhi is a limiting adjunct. Here is my doubt. What is the translation word for limiting adjunct in hindi or kannada language. Because I nowhere find the translation word for limiting ...
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Can someone please provide the meaning of the Hari Sankara Stotram by Adi Sankara from MAdhaviya Sankara Digvijayam?

I'm looking for Hari Sankara Stotram By Adi Sankara and a breakdown of the words in the stotram, along with the meaning of the verses.
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In which scripture did Shankaracharya mentioned not to say "Aham Brahmasmi"?

I heard that it is not recommended to say "Aham Brahmasmi" in a vague sense. It is because of the reason that Adi Shankaracharya told to split the tongue of one who says "Aham Brahmasmi&...
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Did any Shankaracharya ever take a Shudra as a disciple?

Vyasatirtha had Kanaka Dasa as a disciple. Ramanujacharya said to be Kanchipurna's disciple. Did any purva Shankaracharya have a Shudra disciple?
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How do Adi Shankaracharya or later Advaita Philosophers deal with Brahma Sutra's criticism of Vijñāna vadīs?

As per my understanding, both Buddhist idealists and Advaitins hold the external world to be unreal. Also, according to Shankaracharya's own commentary of Brahma Sutra, the doctrine of unreality of ...
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What is the source of these verses from Adi Shankaracharya Sanskrit movie?

There is this beautiful couple of verses which are sung at the climax of Adi Shankaracharya Sanskrit Movie. This is a metaphorical depiction of dialogue between Shri Adi Shankaracharya and ...
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Anyone give word to word translation of Brahma sutra Shankara bhashya 1:3:38?

Anyone give word to word translation of Brahma sutra Shankara bhashya 1:3:38 ? इतश्च न शूद्रस्याधिकारः यदस्य स्मृतेः श्रवणाध्ययनार्थप्रतिषेधो भवति। वेदश्रवणप्रतिषेधः वेदाध्ययनप्रतिषेधः तदर्थज्ञाना...
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Did Sri Madhusudana saraswati leave advaita at the end of life?

There are many stories saying Sri Madhusudana saraswati leave advaita and worshipped Sri Krishna. Some claim that he was bhakta of Shri Krishna from his child hood and just left debate and worshipped ...
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Was Chaitanya Mahaprabhu really against Adi Shankaracharya 's teachings?

Modern day followers of Chaitanya (Krishna avatar)Mahaprabhu like ISCKON says that Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was against Adi Shankara's (Shiva avatar)teaching,but if we see life of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu we ...
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What narayana guru and Chattampi Swamikal tells about Adi shankaracharya?

The great scholars like narayana guru and Chattampi Swamikal tells about Adi shankaracharya and what the scholars tells about Shankara in book vedadhikara niroopanam(Malayalam book)?
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What was debate between Sri karpatri maharaja and Sri vidyamanya tirtha? [closed]

What was debate between Sri karpatri maharaja and Sri vidyamanya tirtha? What was dialogues between them? By which argument Sri karpatri maharaja win the debate ?
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What is Advaita's method of interpretation of Puranas?

The madhva philosophy as given and follow method of interpretation of Purana. They follow tribhasha and saptabheda . Do advaita as method of interpretation of Purana ? Advaita as method of ...
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Do followers of Advaita accept Madhvacharya's Mahabharata tatparya nirnaya commentary?

Do followers of Advaita accept Mahabharata tatparya nirnaya ? If not did any of advaita acharyas or scholars either refuted points or whole of Mahabharata tatparya nirnaya ?
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What is the date of Adi Shankara, 8th century AD or 400 BC?

Sringeri mutt had guru paramapara and history of Shankara dating to 8th century CE. But Govardhan peeta goes 400BC. What are three timelines of. Sri Shankaracharya?
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Do Advaitins believe in Brahma tarka?

In Mahabharata Tatparya Nirnaya 9.135 we find the mention of Brahma Tarka which the Davitins believe in. Do the Advaitins believe in Brahma tarka too?
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What did Adi shankara tell about jagat in bhashya granthas?

Many people talk about jagat which is mentioned in prakarana grantha. I would like to know what Jagadguru Adi Shankaracharya has said about jagat in bhashya granthas like Brahma Sutra bhashya, ...
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What works currently attributable to Adi Shankara are actually authored by Abhinava Shankara?

The Kanchi Kamakoti mutt has given ample proof of Adi Shankara belonging to the 5th - 6th century BCE. There are many other historical evidences from different phases of his life, in support of such a ...
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Does Karana Sahareera belong to Sookshma Shareera or Karana Shareera?

I thought that Anandamaya Kosha belongs to Karana Shareera, infact I thought Anandamaya Shareera itself is Karana Shareera because it is said in Tattva Bodha, which is traditionally considered a work ...
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Are Vaishnavas & Smartas completely uninformed about third eye awakening?

Supernatural powers are mainly found in Shaiv & Shaakt scriptures and I don't think a single Vaishnav guru or Shankaracharya has third eye powers. Is third eye completely missing from Vaishnav &...
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Are there any scriptures which prescribe any remedy against fear of suffering?

I'm talking about the fear of suffering. Not particularly death. Personally, I had been through many sufferings in life and I'm still going through mental and physical sufferings. I really want to ...
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Shankaracharya entering another's body [duplicate]

As discussed in this question, Shankaracharya entered body of the king to gain knowledge. A similar instance is described in Mahabharata, where a Brahmin Sanyasin enters body of king Dharmadhyaja, of ...
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Buddhist claim of the concept "Atman" or true self being egoistic?

Is Anatma (or no true self as discussed in Buddhist doctrines), an antithesis of Advaita Vedanta? And is the concept of atman "egoistic"?
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Did Adi Shankaracharya remove his yajnopavita and is that anti-Vedic?

Adi Shankaracharya got digvijaya over anti-Vedic followers and is entitled to respect. However I found one thing objectionable in his conduct after reading a post on this site. Adi Shankaracharya is ...
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On what basis are parts of the Vedas classified as Upanishads, etc. as per the explanation of Adi Shankara?

The Vedas in their entirety are supposed to sing of Brahman. However, the main portions which directly do are the Upanishads or the Vedanta. In this regard Puri Shankaracharya talks of the explanation ...
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What exactly is the concept of Manonasha in Advaita?

What is the meaning and concept of Manonasha according to Advaita. It seems to imply destruction of the mind and sookshma shareera, as sookshma shareera is made of mind. Please answer with citations ...
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What is significance of cloth being tied to tree in this Sri. Shanskaracharya movie

I come across a scene at 29.13 second in the below movie on Shree Shankaracharya where he tied a cloth to tree. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-b6InzqxrrQ What is significance of this cloth?
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Shankaracharya on performing activities with meditation

I have read in multiple places that Shankaracharya champions the idea that whereas mere works (that is, those that are not accompanied with meditation) lead one only to the worlds of manes to the ...
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could someone provide solution to exorcism of human to human possession? remove astral attachment of another human being?

if astral travel is possible and then human soul can enter another living human..is there any way to remove that astral body of another living human being which has entered you? hope i have simplified ...
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Did any shakaracharya debate with adharmic religions?

Did any Shankaracharya debate with adharmic (like Islam,Christianity) religions.
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What were Adi Shankaracharya's views on Samhita(ritualistic part of the Vedas)?

What were Adi Shankaracharya's views on Samhita(ritualistic part of the Vedas)? Did he believe that Samhita are equal to upanishad and are authoritative and eternal? And should/can one follow the ...
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What were the views of adi shankara on beef eating?

What were the views of Adi Shankara on beef eating? Did he allow it or did he prohibit it?
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Was Adi Shankara Really aware that plants & trees are as much alive as any other living beings?

I've heard that Adi shankara believed that 'immovable (apparently inanimate) objects (like the tree) are endowed with sentience'. Evidently, Adi Shankara viewed 'the tree' as an object like the '...
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What was adi shankaracharya's views on Buddhism?

How did adi shankara view Buddhists. Did he consider them to be on right path or did he consider them to be on wrong path. Did he believe that, if so one follows buddhist philosophy (alone) will ...
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What is the Vedic view of the sattvik food?

Vivekananda claimed that food (such as the flesh of animals) obtained ' by taking the life of another ' is impure ' by its very nature '(Swami Vivekananda’s Quotes On Food). In the light of this view, ...
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What were Adi Shankaracharya's views on the Dharma Shastras?

Did Adi Shankaracharya follow any of the Dharma Shastras like Manu Smriti. And did he ask his followers (people who believe in Advaita Philosophy) to follow the Dharma Shastras? Or did he reject ...
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Did Adi Shankara logically prove the existence of heaven?

We know that Adi Shankara believed in heaven, but did Adi Shankara prove the existence of heaven with logic, like he proved the existence of Brahman and reincarnation? Also, did he use the concept of ...
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Is Adi Shankaracharya's commentary (some parts) Arthavāda?

Is adi shankaracharya's commentary(some parts) ARTHAVĀDA? For example : The ignorant following the diverse ways of ignorance, flatter themselves that their objects have been accomplished. As these ...
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Was adi shankara the first one to believe in advaita philosophy?

Did any one before adi shankara believe that only Brahman exist and the world is an illusion. Or adi shankara was the first one to bring this doctrine of non dualism.
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What does the Vedic term ' MAYA ' truly mean? [duplicate]

I've heard that by the Vedic doctrine of MAYA, everything that we see around is an illusion. Thus, by this doctrine, the sun, the moon, the billions of stars in the night sky as well as mountains, ...
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Acceptance of Mahavakyas in Shankara's time

The Vakyas 2 & 4 of four MahaVakyas clearly identify the Self with Brahman... as a Vedic tradition. Non-duality had always been a well established fact of Sanatana Dharma... right? Then why did ...
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