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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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In Advaita, what is space, time and causation and how do they operate in relation to Brahman?

Firstly, i would be thankful if someone provides me a simple explanation of space, time and causation. Secondly, Vivekananda said in his books, that Brahman, the Absolute has become the universe by ...
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Are there any shudra philosophers in the advaita school?

I have seen Shudra Philosophers in the Dvaita school mainly in Madhva Sampradaya Like Purandara Dasa . But I did not see any Shudra philosophers in Advaita school. So are there any such Shudra ...
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What do Advaitins mean by "the world is an appearance"?

Kindly explain to me what do Advaitins mean by - "the world is an appearance/illusion"? If a tiger chases a man, pounces on him and kills him, will that be an illusory appearance as well?
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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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How can we unite all vedic sampradaya?

In this Kaliyuga there are many types of schools which are based on their believes. These believes may sometimes lead to quarrel. Without hurting their believes how we can live harmoniously?
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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 are Sadakhya Tattva, Ishwara Tattva, and Suddha Vidya Tattva?

I was going through a book when I came across these terms- Sadakhya Tattva, Ishvara Tattva, Suddha Vidya Tattva. I'm not sure what they mean. The author didn't explain their meanings. Perhaps some ...
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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 happens to our Philosophies if "Karma" is rejected?

What Happens to our philosophy if the concept of "Karma" is rejected? What will be its effect on ADvaita, Visistadvaita, Dvaita, Bheda-Abheda? What will be its effect on Nyaya, Yoga, Sankhya?...
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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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How can Formless Brahman create this universe?

If Brahman as per Advaitha was Nirguna, how can it assume forms and create everything ? How can something which is formless take forms and create all materials in universe ?
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Does Patibhakti lead to Moksha?

Pati is a jivatma, not paramatma. What systems of thought say that having bhakti for jivatmas is a valid way to Moksha? Could Swamibhakti, patibhakti, or bhakti for characters like Bharat, etc lead to ...
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Non-dual Hinduism : Good ego vs Bad ego

We clearly know we are not the body but something else. Something spiritual. The non-dualist hindus believe the functions of mind/ego are witnessed by the Higher Self (Brahman) in a dream state ... ...
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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 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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Did any Advaitin claim that Sayanacharya interpreted Vedas wrongly in his commentaries?

Sayanacharya wrote Bhashyas/commentaries on Vedas. Did any Advaita Acharya or any Advaitins ever claim that Sayanacharya's Bhashyas have errors?
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Advaita : Does Brahman remain actionless?

The Gita says Brahman/Atman is simply a witness and its the Maya or prakriti that acts. The Advaitins also holds the same belief. If Maya is not a separate entity, i.e. if Brahman and Maya are ...
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What does the following slokha says about human soul and parabrahman?

Consider the following verse from Srimad-Bhagavatam bhidyate hṛdaya-granthiś chidyante sarva-saṁśayāḥ kṣīyante cāsya karmāṇi dṛṣṭa evātmanīśvare Thus the knot in the heart is pierced, and all ...
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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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Why jivan mukthas won't do dharma with mental effort only?

This question should be answered based on Advaitha only. There are many jivan mukthas across scriptures who carried out their profession: Rama, Krishna, Vasishta, Vyasa, Suka, Vishwamitra, Lila, ...
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Why can't or why won't a jivan muktha change niyathi according to advaitha?

This question should be and can be answered using Advaitha only. According to advaitha, a person can become Jivan Muktha while she is living in her human body only. After becoming Jivan Muktha, she ...
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Brahman (ब्रह्म) Tarapanam - meaning?

I am currently reading Sadhanas From the Ribhu Gita by Swami Shantananda. In chapter 5 (Page 34 of http://swamishantanandapurimaharaj.org/publications/Sadhanas-from-Ribhu-Gita.pdf), have come across ...
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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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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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Anandamaya kosha versus karana shareera

In advaita vedanta, they describe the body as being composed of 5 koshas :- Annamaya, Pranamaya , Manomaya , vigyanamaya, and Anandamaya There is another division into:- Sthula shareera, Sukshma ...
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Confusion of I and he?

If God is in everyone then why many swamijis referred to as him? He will save us, he will incarnate, he stays in kailsasa, he stays in vaikuntha, he wears this, he wears that etc.?
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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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Who were the disciples of Suka Maharshi?

When is Suka Maharshi is said to have lived? What's his timeline? What is the timeline of advaita guru parampara? What is time of Garudapadacharya? What is time of Govindapadacharya?
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Relations between swami Vivekananda and Shankaracharyas

There are five Advaitha mathas in India, which were established by Adi Shankaracharya. Swami Vivekananda was famous during his times (12 January 1863 - 4 July 1902). Did Vivekananda meet any ...
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Anandamaya Kosha and Anand in Sat-chit-Ananda in advita vedanta

The word Anand in Sanskrit and other Indian languages (e.g. Hindi) translates to bliss. In vedanta philosophy there is a discussion of 5 koshas where the innermost kosha is Anandmaya kosha. So firstly ...
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What are Sat Chit and Ananda attributes of Nirguna Brahman?

Upanishads do say Brahman is formless. So how can formless Brahman be Sat(Existence) Chit(Consciousness) Ananda(Bliss)? Without attributes how can we define these 3 features for Brahman?
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According to Ramana Maharshi, everything is predetermined. Then how does one create āgāmi karma or new karma?

From the (Source: Day by Day with Bhagavan, 4-1-46 Afternoon) Questioner: “Are only important events in a man’s life, such as his main occupation or profession, predetermined, or are trifling acts in ...
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Do advaita vedanta believes that itihaas(Ramayan and Mahabharata) are real history?

Do advaita vedanta believes that Ramayan and Mahabharata are real history or they believe Mahabharata and Ramayan are mythology of legendary stories?
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God present in impurities?

According to Advaita Vedanta God is present in wood, air, and other things. It's in all the movable and immovable things God present in evrywhere. Is god present in impurities like urine, semen, stool ...
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Is there any difference between Nyaya's jnana yoga and advaita vedanta's jnana yoga?

Both Nyaya and advaita vedanta followes the path of knowledge(jnana). So do they differ from each other on the basis of the type of knowledge. According to advaita vedanta you need the knowledge of ...
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Do advaita vedanta believe in hell as a real place?

Do advaita vedanta believes in hell as a place where sin full people will be suffer with pain. Or do they believe that hell is a state of mind.
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Did samakhys refuted the advaita vedanta's claim, existence of Brahman?

Since samkhya is a atheistic school, they reject God(Brahman) . But advaita vedanta believe in a God that is Brahman so did any Samkhya philosopher ever refuted advaita vedanta on existence of Brahman?...
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Do any advaita vedanta Sutra discribe heaven?

Do any advaita vedanta Sutra describes heaven and it pleasure? Do advaita vedanta believes that heaven is a state of mind or do they believe that heaven is a physical place some were in the universe ....
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Did adi shankara believe that Brahman is all powerful and omnipotent?

Did adi shankara believe that Brahman is all powerful or omnipotent?
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What is the validity of the claim that Gaudiya Vaishnavism is superior to Advaita Vedanta?

According to the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition, when Sri Chaitanya was in Varanasi, he defeated Prakashananda Saraswati, the famous Vedantin. Showing this event, Vaishnavas claim that their philosophy ...
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The 5 theories of Advaita

Can someone please explain me these theories of advaita vedanta in simple words. The information that is out there on the internet is a little hard for me to grasp. Ajati-vada Abhasa-vada Drishti-...
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Who is Isvara? Is it just another name of Saguna Brahman? Or he is different from both Saguna and Nirguna Brahman?

I understand the difference between Nirguna and Saguna Brahman. But I am confused about Isvara. Who is Isvara? Is it just another name of Saguna Brahman? Or he is different from both Saguna and ...
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Is the following statement of swami Sivananda advaitic or non advaitic?

Swami Sivananda says in his book God Exists If we have no faith in God, we will be born again and again in this world and will undergo considerable miseries. The ignorant, faithless, doubting self ...
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Why do both Advaitins and Dvaithins believe that Mithyathva or Falsity of world cannot be true?

In the famous Advaitasiddhi vs Nyayamrutha debate. Here in Chapter VIII, page 77 First Vyasatirtha poses the following dilemma. Is the falsity of world true or false? Then he proceeds to show how both ...
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If God alone exist(advaita) then what's wrong with following materialistic desire?

According to advaita only God exists and every thing is the manifestation of God(Brahman) so even materialistic desire should be God's manifestation. So if one goes for lust(kama) which by default is ...
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What is the difference between atma gayan and the knowledge of the Upanishads?

What is the difference between Atma gayan(the knowledge of Self) and the the knowledge of upanishad.
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How is Adi Shankaracharya's Philosophy is it called Mayavadi Philosophy as called by many?

The Vaishnavas call the philosophy proposed by Adi Shankaracharya to be Mayavadi. On what basis is that said and is it correct if not why?
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How does Kashmiri Shaivism explain the origin of bondage of souls?

I was having a conversation with a follower of Kashmiri Shaivism mainly Prathyabhijna System. He remarked that Kashmiri Shaivism explains the origin of bondage of souls better than Advaita Vedanta or ...

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