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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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Is it a sin to have sex with prostitute after marriage?

Can someone tell what are the sins or is it a sin to have sex with a prostitute (virgin or married) after a lawful Brahmin marriage? If so, is there any remedy to nullify those sins?
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Do Humans achieve the state of Moksha or Turiya in Deep Sleep(Sushupti) according the Prasthana Traya of Shri Adi Shankaracharya?

There is a debate going on between the followers of school Shri Satchidanandendra Saraswati and Bhamati Vivarana schools of Advaita. Whether humans temporarily achieve the state if Moksha during sleep ...
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What is the chronological order of Adi Shankaracharya's compositions?

It is said that Adi Shankara was 8 year old when he first recited Nirvana Shatakam, I'd like to know the sequence for his other works.
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What exactly is Moola Avidya? Is it found in Adi Shankaracharya's Prasthana Traya Bhashya?

Shree Satchdanandendra Saraswati Swamiji claims that Moola Avidya is an add on concept which was later inserted into Advaita by Bhamati and Panchapadika Vivarana school. He says it is not found in the ...
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What are the manifestiontion of Purusha

Which one is correct? Purusha 5 manifestation : Indra, Vayu, Agani, Varuna and Yama Purusha 7 manifestation : Indra, Shakti, Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, Shani and Yama
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Did Pre-Shankara scholars of other darshanas consider Vedanta to be Advaita only?

Shri Sacchidananda Sarawati in his Introduction to the Brahma Sutra Bhashya Kannada translation, Part 1, page 14, which says, Translation As in Vedanta other Darshanas are taken up for refuting them,...
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What verse of Bhagavat Gita, according to scholars explicitly favour Advaitic interpretation?

Everyone knows that the Bhagavat Gita has been interpreted according to various Vedantic schools of Dvaita, Vishishtadvaita and Advaita etc. There are some verses which are explicitly dualisitc which ...
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Who was and what is the time period of Vimuktatma Yati who authored Ishta Siddhi?

Vimuktatma yati was a scholar and sannyasi of advaita parampara. He wrote the famous work Ishta siddhi. Wikipedia says Vimuktatma (AD 1200) (Ishtasiddhi) But Shri Ramanujacharya who lived between ...
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Research Question: Is there a pattern of ordering of Purvapaksha and Siddhanta in Brahma Sutras?

Brahma Sutras are divided into Adhikaranas Or topics each dealing with a particular part of the philosophy. The Adhikaranas have one or more sutras. Purvapaksha sutras are the opinions of the objector ...
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English or Telugu translations of works of Bodhendra Saraswathi

Bodhendra Saraswathi was a Jivan Mukta and worked as 58th Acharya of Sri Kanchi kamakoti Peetam. You can read about him from the Kamakoti website. Sri Atma Bodhendra Saraswathi Swamiji attained mukti ...
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During snake rope illusion, while the person is still under the illusion, does he see eyes, tongue etc?

This question from the first glance may seem silly. I think this is one of the very deep questions. When a person sees a rope, and thinks it is a snake, what exactly is happening according to the ...
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Are the seven stages of understanding existence as per Advaita correlated to the seven chakras?

I was wondering about the correlation between the seven stages of understanding existence as per Advaita and the seven chakras. The universe as it is- Root Chakra The play of the elements- Sacral ...
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Prahalada vs Abhimanyu story misunderstanding

I have heard two stories and one seem to be in conflict with another. Please correct my misunderstanding. In the story of Prahalada, Prahalada was educated by Narada (while Prahalada was inside his ...
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Is Advaita refuted by Brahma Sutras?

Adi Shankaracharya taught: If the universe be true, let it then be perceived in the state of deep sleep also. As it is not at all perceived, it must be unreal and false, like dreams. Vivekachudamani ...
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What does Paramacharya of Kanchi say about achieving moksha? How is it achievable for a person who hasn't done Veda Parayana?

I would like to know the ways told by Kanchi Kamakoti peetham's 68th peethadhipathi Paramacharya Sri Chandrashekharendra Saraswati Swamigal on ways of achieving Moksha. What does Paramacharya of ...
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How to prove that Brahman is eternal using Tarka alone?

Was Adi Shankaracharya (or later Advaitists) able to logically prove (i.e., by using tarka) that Brahman is eternal? I would like to see the logical argument without using shabda pramana.
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Can a Jeevatma be re-incarnated as a non living being?

I have gone through many lectures on Advait Vedanta. Here is what I understand. Bramhan Anything you are aware of i.e. sound, signs, smells all these, they are objects of consciousness. You are aware ...
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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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Are we(atma) god himself or amsh(part) of god?

Some saints say we(atma) are god itself and some say we are amsh(part) of god! For eg lets take the verse from nirvana shatakam composed by shri adi sankaracharya Mano buddhi ahankara chittani naham ...
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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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Reason for enlightened men to awaken others

History has enlightened men who left the mitya and chose to stay with the truth perpetually and then there are other enlightened men who choose to work for waking up others. When they experience the ...
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Is Spinoza's philosophy the same as advaita or vishistadvaita philosophy of India?

Spinoza's philosophy speaks about oneness of the universe. Is it the same as advaita or vishistadvaita which also speaks about untiy. As per wiki Article: After stating his proof for God’s existence, ...
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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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How do advaitians interpret this verse from padma purana (Patal Khand 77.60) [v21]?

The Padma Purāṇ states: yannakhenduruchir brahma dhyeyaṁ brahmādibhiḥ suraiḥ guṇatrayamatītaṁ taṁ vande vṛindāvaneśhvaram (Patal Khand 77.60) [v21] “The light that emanates from the toenails of God’s ...
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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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According to drishti-srishti vada in Advaita, does the universe arise due to our perception?

The doctrine of drishti-srishti vada in Advaita says that jiva's vision or perception is the cause of this universe. Did Shankara write any commentaries explaining how the manifestation of the ...
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Are all of us the same person?

Nothing other than Brahma exists. So, all of us are the same? Because only Brahma exists, So, all of us are the same Brahma. We are just under the illusion that we are different. Removing this ...
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What do Advaitins mean by the term 'absolute' and vishisht-advaitins mean by the term 'qualified'?

I was reading a few sample pages of a book, where the author gives an introduction of the two monistic schools of vedanta, namely advaita and vishisht-advaita. While doing so he used terms like "...
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When they say Brahman is Nirguna, do they mean Gunas as in Tri-gunas or Gunas as in properties or attributes?

When they say Brahman is Nirguna, do they mean Guna as in Tri-guna (Satva, Raja, Tamas) or Guna as properties or attributes? Brahman not having tri-guna is understood, because guna manifest in Brahman....
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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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Sankhya vs Advaitha

Can anyone please list out most common misconceptions between them? Are they same? View on division of parbrahamn? View on aatma? Which is the right one according to the Gita?
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How do Advaitins explain Spatial Difference or देशीय भेद​?

According to Advaita there are no Bheda or difference in Brahman. It explains the indifference between souls by saying that the upadhi or delimitng agents separate one super soul into multiple souls. ...
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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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In Advaita, what happens to the subtle body after videha-mukti?

According to Advaita, what happens to the subtle body after videha mukti? Does Shankara or the Upanishads says anything about it?
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Is Shankara's Brahma Sutra Bhashya actually Non-Dualistic?

Advaitins usually use the term 'Self' to address Atman (the undivided portion of Brahman that pervades the five sheaths). Yet Vireswarananda used the word 'soul' to address Atman, in his translation ...
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Advaita : Is there a contradiction in Vivarna's views on the Realization of Self?

Here's an excerpt from a book (title and author's name at the end of the post) which points out the differences in the views of the two sub-schools of advaita, namely bhamati and vivarna, whether ...
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Advaita: What is Nididhyasana?

Who first used the term nididhysana? Shankaracharya or Ramana Maharshi? Is nididhyasana meditation or mere contemplation? If its meditation, then how is it different from Patanjali's meditation ...
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Is the udasi sampraday vaishnavs or shaivites or other?

The udasi sampraday is founded by Sri Chandra Baba the son of guru nanak and is linked to the four kumaras parampara. They worships 5 devatas: ganesh, surya, shiva, shakti and vishnu. I know they ...
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How does Svarūpa-Jñāna interact with Vrittis and Actions?

I understand that Swarupa Jnana casts light onto thoughts or modifications of the mind, but how does the process look like when an action is made or a thought is formed? How does Ahaṁkāra performs ...
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Is it an obligation to be a Brahmin to study advaita vedanta?

Is it an obligation to be a Brahmin to study advaita vedanta ?
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Was Tukaram an Advaitin philosopher?

Did Tukaram advocate the philosophy of Advaita? Can any one give proofs that he advocated Advaita?
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From an Advaitic perspective, who set in motion the law of karma?

According to Advaitins, who set in motion the law of karma? Is it Saguna Brahman or Nirguna Brahman? The vyavaharika satya or jagat along with its karma, rebirth etc. is not completely mithya. Its not ...
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What are some bhakti parampara saints in the Advaita sect?

Can anyone tell about the bhakti parampara saints in the Advaita sect and, also about any Shudra saints in the Advaita Shankaracharya till the 19th century?
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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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Is Brahma Kanda of the Garuda Purana an interpolation? [closed]

Is Brahma Kanda of the Garuda Purana an interpolation? The Brahma Kanda of Garuda Purana talks about Dvaita, Vayu, Shankaracharya. It tells that Shankaracharya is maniman. Is it an interpolation?
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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 comparative analysis of avidya on different states/manifestations of Siva: Parasiva, Siva, Sadasiva, Iswara?

According to Advaita, avidya can be defined as the knowledge of the existence of multiple things. In fact, there is one and only one single soul and is manifested in many ways. There are at least four ...
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Advaita : Is there really oneness?

If i cut my hand, only i will feel the pain. Others won't feel my pain. So where's the oneness that Advaita speaks about? If there exists only ONE sentient reality, underlying all names and forms then ...
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