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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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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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Is English translation of Laghu Chandrika of Gauda Brahmananda Saraswathi available online?

Laghu Chandrika is supposed to be a famous book studied by Advaitins. It is reply to Tarangini(Dvaita) which is reply to Advaita Siddhi(Advaita) which is a reply to Nyayamrita(Dvaita) There is also ...
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What argument did adi shankara made to prove Vedas are not authored by humans? [duplicate]

Advita Vedanta believes that vedas are authorless and not authored by any human. So what are the arguments of Adi Shankara to prove Vedas are authorless.
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What is Akhyati vada of Prabhakara school and how does it compare with Anirvacaniya khyati of Advaitins?

Here, this is what's said of Akhyati Vada A-Khyati Advocated by Prabhakara school of Purva-Mimamsa. Does not admit of error in the logical sense. No logical distinction between knowledge and ...
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Did Madhusudhana Saraswathi, in his Advaitha Siddhi depart and deviate from the opinions of Adi Shankaracharya regarding Advaita philosophy?

BNK Sharma, a well known scholar and author belonging to Dwaita school of Vedanta has written this in his book Advaita Siddhi vs Nyayamrita, an up to date appraisal. Here's the excerpt Is this true? ...
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What exactly is Abhinava Anyatha Khyati of Madhwas?

Khyativada is the theory of error in Hindu an Indic philosophies There are eight other Khyatis (Refer for detailed information) Atma-Khyati A-Khyati Sadasat-khyati Anirvachniya-khyati Asat-Khyati ...
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Is panchayatan puja mentioned in bhagavatam?

Do bhagavatam mention punchayatan puja. And do bhagavatam says all five Gods(devatās) are equal?
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What kind of knowledge is required to attain Moksha according to advaita vedanta?

According to this answer, advaita vedanta goes for the path of knowledge. What kind of knowledge is required to attain Moksha? Is it scientific or spiritual knowledge.
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How is Nirguna Brahman Nirguna if he is Sachidananda?

We know that Nirguna Brahman is Sat, Chit and Ananda. Are not Sat, Chit and Anandas themselves gunas? As they are qualities. Reference, Tattva Bodha of Shri Shankaracharya.
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Does popular worship of Lord Shiva in Northern India comes under any Shaiva sect or is it Advatic/Smartha by nature?

We know Saiva Siddhanta,(a dualistic Shaiva sect) and Veer Shaiva,(another dualistic Shaiva sect) exists in south, I don't think there are any such sects in north India. Except maybe Kashmir Shaivism, ...
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How can these two lines from Mahopanishad be reconciled?

SOURCE I-1-4. Then we shall expound the Mahopanishad. They say Narayana was alone. There were not Brahma, Shiva, Waters, Fire and Soma, Heaven and Earth, Stars, Sun and Moon. He could not be happy. ...
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Has any advaitic teacher said that learning advaita only at the word level is useless?

The 4 Mahakavyas or Great saying of Advaita Vedanta are as follows: Prajñānam Brahma (प्रज्ञानम् ब्रह्म) - "Insight is Brahman," or "Brahman is insight” - (Aitareya Upanishad 3.3 of ...
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What happens after death according to Adavita Vedanta?

According to Advaita Vedanta, the true Self is the immortal soul, which is never born and never dies. Then how does the law of Karma apply to this philosphy? What will happen to a person who has lived ...
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Why do advaita vedanta believe in authorless vedas even though it follows monism?

Advaita vedanta is a monistic school of thought. Which means it believe every thing is God. Which by default should include vedas. As vedas are a part of universe(just like car, pen, sun, humans). But ...
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Is Consiouness Eternal? Does it remain even after death (When we don't have a body?) If yes how can it be known?

Yajnavalkya says in Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 2.4.12 " The self comes out as a separate entity from these elements, and this separateness is destroyed with them. After attaining this oneness it ...
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Do most pre-medieval major scriptures have advaitic passages in them?

Scriptures denying Advaita started appearing around the time of Ramanuja. But before that - do Vedas, Upanishads,Brahmanas, Aranyakas, epics and Puranas all have some passages in them that are ...
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Does Gita 9.7 contradict the advaita vedanta's monism philosophy?

BG 9.7-8: At the end of one kalp, all living beings merge into My primordial material energy. At the beginning of the next creation, O son of Kunti, I manifest them again. Presiding over My material ...
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Who is Writing This? Who am I? [duplicate]

When I write this, is it the mind that is making me write this, or the Self? Is the mind always consciously achieved? Is the self never perceived consciously? Was the true Arjun (the Self) listening ...
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Panchayata puja in vaishava puranas?

Do Vishnu Purana (or) bhagavatam tells about panchayata puja About five god worship which is given by adivata and Adi shankaracharya Padma purana tells about five god worship like that Vishnu Purana ...
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Is there an English translation of Parimala of Shri Appaya Diskhita available?

Is there an English translation of Parimala of Shri Appaya Diskhita available? Please provide the link for the same. More about this work (from here): Kalpataruparimala : Bhagavadpada Adi Sri ...
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Would Narayana listen if someone were to chant his name without going to a temple?

This probably sounds like a dumb question, but I am unable to visit any temples as I don't live in India. That being said, any effort is probably better than none at all. Would Nama jap of Narayana (...
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Modern contribution to Scriptures

I would like to find out what, modern contribution to Hindu scriptures are? Something akin to Brahmagupta or those insights of great Rishis. Today, we are not endowed with ‘aparushya’ visions. However ...
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Do advaitins meditate on Nirguna Brahman?

I have always heard people saying that scriptural or bookish knowledge of the Self is not sufficient and that one needs to realize the Self within. My question is, how does one realize the Self within?...
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Do Early Upanishads say World is Real and hence conflicting with Advaitha's doctrine of World as Unreal?

Richard Jones in his Morality and Shankara's Advaitha Vedanta writes The earlier Upanishads took the phenomena of the world to be real — Brahman is merely the root (KU II.3.1), “the real of the real” ...
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Do Mahavakyas and World as Illusion in Advaita contradict each other?

Chandogya Upanishad 3.14.1 says All this is Brahman. Everything comes from Brahman, everything goes back to Brahman, and everything is sustained by Brahman. One should therefore quietly meditate on ...
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When Mind and Space aren't Brahman why does Chandogya Upanishad ask to meditate on Mind and Space as Brahman?

The mind is Brahman—this worship is called adhyātma. Next is that called adhidaivata: Space is Brahman. That is, meditate on space as Brahman. These two ways of meditation are advised: adhyātma and ...

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