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Literally non-duality; a school of the Vedanta philosophy that declares the oneness of God, soul, and the universe.

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how is advaita deep sleep blankness different from materialist nothingness?

i was convinced by the advaita point of view actually ia am still........but still a doubt is coming......acc to advaita in deep sleep or coma the blankness we expeirience is actually conciousness ...
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Are wrong things also done by god?

Here it is written that god pervades in all. So, Does this mean wrong and evil things are also done by god ? It is also written that we should see god in everyone,so, Should we see god even in persons ...
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How Do Advaitins interpret Scriptural statements where the Impersonal aspect of Brahman is Subordinated to the Personal?

In the Scripture texts, One can at times Comes Across Verses Where The Formless Nirguna Brahman is subordinated to the Personal Form of Lord Krishna, where the personal form is either stated as the ...
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Why Srimad Bhagavatam is not mentioned by Sri Ramanujacharya, Sri Yamunacharya and Sri Adi Shankaracharya. Why is that. Vaishnava answer pls

Why Srimad Bhagavatam is not mentioned by Sri Adi Shankaracharya, Sri Yamunacharya or Sri Ramanujacharya
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The relationship between Brahmin and Ishvara in Advaita Vedanta?

From what I have seen Nirguna Brahman seems more like a concept that is attainable bliss. Compared to Sanguna Brahman a deified persona of Nirguna. However, Advaitans also accept Ishvara as a supreme ...
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Advaita vs Dvaita

Which is really true Advaita or Dvaita as in Vedanta there are verses which agree with Dvaita philosophy and also verses which agree with Advaita philosophy. Many say that it depends on reality like ...
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Why Sri RamKrishna Paramhansa cut / attack Maa Kali with sword according to both dvaita and advaita perspective

Why did Sri Ramkrishna Paramhansa cut Maa Kali on the order of Sadhu Totapuri even though Sri RamKrishna Paramhansa considered both Dvaita and advaita and saguna and nirguna as same and he even said ...
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Good introductory references on Shatdarshanas that covers debates, arguments and principles

As far as I know, only Advaita Vedanta has been well commented for principal Upanishad. It belongs to the Vedanta school. Is ther any single text like AdvaitaSiddhi that covers the arguments, ...
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Mahavakyas According to Shri Adi Shankaracharya

I have read the Mahavakyas, which are central to the Advaita School, from the following Wikipedia page; however, did Shri Adi Shankaracharya mention them in his works or were they promoted to ...
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Arguments: Re-birth

Is there any argumentative way to establish that rebirth exists? In shatdarshanas, it seems like a lot of them - samkhya, yoga, etc don't believe in rebirth. Although Yoga Sutras of Patanjali talk ...
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How do different Astika schools prove re-incarnation according to this verse of Bhagavad Gita?

Different schools - Shatdarshanas in Indian philosophy tackle the phenomenon of reincarnation differently. While there are sufficient yogic practices to experience past lives when on the path of self-...
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Commentaries on Abhinavgupta's Tantraloka translated to English

In the school of Kashmir Shivaism, if I'm not wrong, then both texts - Abhinavgupta's Tantraloka and Vigyaan Bhairava Tantra belong to Spanda Doctrine (please correct me if I'm wrong, I'm very ...
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As per Advaita, Atman/Self/Brahman is unborn and doesnt "pass" away when body dies? What is the reference for it?

As per Advaita Vedanta, its the Sukshma Sharira(Subtle Body/Mind) which reincarnates after a body dies and Atman/Brahman/Self does not "pass away" or "leave" when body dies. But in ...
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Tonsuring head of new born

Apart from the family customs, is it alright to do the shaving head ceremony of the newborn after the first year is completed? I have read in many places that the tonsuring is done before the first ...
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Shatdarshanas: Who is understood to be the one that grants liberation and enlightment?

Consider this question as the sequel to: Foundational texts of Shatdarshanas Out of shatdarshanas: The Vedanta school has primarily three sub-schools: Advaita Vedanta, Vishishtadvaita and Davita. ...
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Brahm sutra number for pashvādabhis cha vīśekā

I am trying to identify the brahmsutra chapter and verse number for this verse pashvādabhis cha vīśekā पश्वादभिस च विशेका I came across this sloka in a lecture so might not have converted into text ...
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If absolute consciousness cannot be objectified ,what is the way to realize it? How to know it exists and all 5 sheaths appear to it and not the mind?

Advaita Vedanta says, Pure Consciousness (Chit) cannot be known as an object unlike Reflected Consciousness (Chidabhasa). How can we understand that all things appear to Pure consciousness but not the ...
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How does Vedanta differentiate between reflected consciouness(Chidabhasa) and pure consciouness(Chit)?

Pure consciousness is said to be the source of reflected consciousness. How does Vedanta try to separate the mixture of mind and reflected consciousness from pure consciousness and establish the "...
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List of Advaita Vedanta proponents: The rishis, sages, gods that supported Aham Brahmasmi

Consider this question as a sequel to this question: Advaita Vedanta Gitas Advaita Vedanta as an interpretation of Vedanta is one of the oldest. Consider this question as a comprehensive list of all ...
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Advaita Vedanta Gitas

Sorry to open this question up since I didn't find any related question anywhere. There are 64 known Gitas in Hinduism which are classic texts that summarize various pillars of Hinduism. I wish to get ...
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Why Does the Avadhuta Gita 1.36 say that The Absolute truth is devoid of Both Duality and Nonduality?

While Going through the Avadhuta Gita recently, I came across the following verse. Avadhuta Gita 1.36:- Some seek nonduality, and others duality. They do not know the truth, which is the same at all ...
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Do Advaita Vedanta followers perform rituals and rites?

Do the followers of Advaita Vedanta believe in performing rituals like Yagna, Puja, Darshan, Mantra upchaar etc???
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Is Aham Brahmasmi the embodiment principle of seeing the veda by the Maharshis?

Since source of divine knowledge is impersonal Brahman, through the Maharshi's, which principle, statement or shloka from Vedas, Puranas and Bhagavatam elucidates this, or supports it? All ultimate ...
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For which deity is the Gayatri Mantra? Why do we chant it, and what exactly does it mean or signify?

To which deity is the Gayatri Mantra addressed? What exactly does it mean or signify? Why should we chant the Gayatri Mantra ?
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How does Advaita Vedanta assert and prove the eternality of cognition of Non dual Atman?

This article [1] says Śāntarakṣita has however refuted the Upanishadic non-dualism in the Tattva Sangraha’ chapter 7, section 5. In his refutation of the Upanishadic view he has referred to the ...
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Why and how do Advaitans reconcile that one's true nature is Atman/Brahman alone?

While I understand that Upanishads try to reconcile and prove logically that Atman is the true witness, why can't it be that Subtle body alone is our true nature ? Where and when was this subtle body ...
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Is experience of Self/Atma not a mystical experience as per Traditional Advaita Vedanta? If so how can it be experienced?

Padmapāda, in his commentary upon Sankara’s introduction to the Brahmasūtras, explains that there are two factors involved in the very notion of ‘I’: there is the ‘not this’ (anidam amid) aspect which ...
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How does a Jnani forbearer various unpleasant events from perspective of Atman?

Swami Sarvapriyananda while quoting Gita 2.14, 2.55-57, writes , "Events which would make most ordinary men miserable, leave him unshaken, for he sees the same infinite Atman shining through (or, ...
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How to experience consciousness in every experience?

Swami Sarvapriyananda writes in "Sat Chit Ananda: The Philosophy of the Upanishads ", " Your true Self Chit , is not an experience, yet all experiences shine in Chit.Chit is the ...
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Do only Advaitists regard Moksha as the ultimate goal?

This https://hinduism.stackexchange.com/a/2183/12489 answer says so. Do followers of other darshanas also seek Moksha but call it by a different name?
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is Krishna making an Advaitic statement in Vishnu Purana?

At the end of the Banasura fight, Krishna says to Siva: https://www.wisdomlib.org/hinduism/book/vishnu-purana-wilson/d/doc116055.html When he had concluded, Govinda, dismissing his resentment against ...
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How does Advaitic realization of Brahman help improve concentration,overcome anxiety,depression,stress, jealousy, helplessness, guilt and sufferings?

How does Advaitic realization of the world as the appearance in consciousness help in manifesting divine qualities and tackling above challenges? People might desire some or other unfulfilled things ...
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Who is the Sakshi/Witness-Consciousness that watches the mind? How to realize it or be situated in it?

Drig Drishya Viveka says I am aware of the contents in my mind and hence I should be different from my mind. But that awareness of being different from the mind or watching the mind only comes when I ...
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How would a dualist respond to the following argument

How would a dualist respond to the following argument made by a nondualist? Brahman cannot be the knower of anything. To know and to understand involve time. There is a before and an after. The ...
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As per Advaita, is Shakti Brahman?

As we know that according to Advaita, Shiva and Vishnu are both Brahman. Is Shakti also a Brahman or is Maya (illusion) of Brahman?
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Bhagavad Gita 12 3-4 endorses Advaita as a valid, though hard way for realization. Why do schools who worship a personal Brahman condemn Advaita?

https://www.holy-bhagavad-gita.org/chapter/12/verse/3-4 ये त्वक्षरमनिर्देश्यमव्यक्तं पर्युपासते | सर्वत्रगमचिन्त्यञ्च कूटस्थमचलन्ध्रुवम् || 3|| सन्नियम्येन्द्रियग्रामं सर्वत्र समबुद्धय: | ते प्रा...
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does Gita has a sub commentary?

I mean specifically a sub commentary on shankara bhasya I have Google "Gita sub commentary" but the result refers to sridhara commentary not shankaras'
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Looking for a biography of Totapuri Maharaj by Monika Mitra

I came across a lady namely, Monika Mitra who had the good fortune of being in close contact of Totapuri Maharaj who was a wandering saint. She has written the only account of the saint with the title,...
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Authenticity of Jagannath Ashtakam being a composition of Adi Shankaracharya

As we know a lot of devotional hymns are misattributed to Shankaracharya with Jagannath Ashtakam being one of them. Some hymns are verified by the commentaries on them, some by the writing style and ...
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Do any of the Puranas praise Advaita?

The Puranas are very dualistic in nature, so do any of them praise Advaita Vedanta? And if they do praise Advaita please put up the verses in which Advaita is being praised. Note: I only want praising ...
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How do Advaitans refute the claim that their philosophy is wrong?

This is according to Padma Purana 6.236.7 which reads: Mayavada or Advaita philosophy is an impious, wicked belief and against all the conclusions of the Vedas. It is only covered Buddhism. My dear ...
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In advaita, does the drop (atman) transmigrate?

In Advaita tradition, the word "soul" is rightly used by some advaitins to refer to the mortal jiva or sookshma sharira that transmigrates to heaven, hell, various lokas or other physical ...
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Are there any smart tradition dasa?

The Madhwa Sampradaya, subscribing to the Dvaita philosophy, has a renowned tradition of Haridasas. Their primary aim is to sing praises I.e. do Kirtana of Lord Vishnu. The tradition includes famous ...
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Signs of Kali Yuga

Just a question. I have heard that an onset of certain things would indicate that Kali Yuga is getting increasing worse. Just recently, I have seen a lot of friends and family get daughters rather ...
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What happens to the past desires of a person when they get enlightened?

Let's say a person who is a drug addict gets enlightened, then what will happen to his addiction? Will it just fade away just because he realized the drugs, the fun, and the one who enjoyed are part ...
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Does Shri Adi Shankaracharya's Advaita say that all Jeevis get liberated at the end of the kalpa?

I came across this website which claimed, At the end of the kalpas, Lord Parameshwara, unites all those souls with the Nirguna ParaBhrahman. Is this true? Does authentic orthodox view of Shri Adi ...
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Is there any Vedantic teacher or organisation who uses pure reasoning to explain Vedanta?

I fully believe in the Upanishads. But, is there any teacher who teaches Vedanta, using pure reasoning? I am interested to learn. Thanks.
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Jayanthi Determination of Gurus

Yesterday (25th April 2023),was Sri Ramanujar Jayanthi (Chithirai Thiruvadhirai) and Sri Sankara Jayanthi (Vaishaka Panchami). Why is the birth of one Guru based on Star and the other Guru based on ...
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What is the logic behind claiming the world is an appearance in brahman/atman/Self in advaita vedanta?

Advaita Vedanta claims that we are consciousness and this world is an appearance in consciousness. I understand that we are consciousness but I don't understand how this world is an appearance in ...
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Moolavar and Utsavar

It seems that in every temple (predominantly Vishnu Temples, I am not that very sure about all Shiva temples, please correct me if I am wrong) there are 2 presiding deities, namely, Moolavar and ...
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