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How to establish myself in the knowledge of the true self (Advaita)?

In the Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 6, Shloka 35 Lord Krishna says to Arjuna (Translation by Swami Muktananda) : Asamsayam mahabaho mano durnigraham calam Abhyasena to kaunteya vairagyena ca grhyate. ...
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What is Turiya and how can we realize it?

Turiya refers simply to the Fourth. There are four quarters to Brahman; the waking, dream, dreamless, and the Turiya. The Fourth state is not separate from the other three but rather transcends and ...
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What is the difference between Cit in the word Sat- Cit- Ananda and Purusha?

The title and body are asking different questions, I'm answering three questions asked in the body of question. Btw, regarding Chitta or consciousness, it is one Swarupa of Brahman as preached by ...
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Hinduism as an Atheistic or Animistic / Pantheistic religion

You use the term 'animism' loosely with an outdated understanding of the term. Before reading my response I would suggest you first read the Wikipedia page on animism. Animism is an anthropological ...
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What is positive thinking? How is it developed?

Here, I just tried to explain positive energy and How to boost up it with a different method and one example. It is all about human being not Just for Hinduism. Positive Energy: It is just not ...
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Why is the state of shushupti (deep sleep) called prajnanaghana (mass of consciousness)?

Why is Sushupti, the deep sleep state, called Prajnanaghana, a “mass of Consciousness”? The answer ventured here is from the Vedantic perspective, which is relevant here because the quotation ...
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Remain conscious while dying?

The question is How to remain conscious while dying? It is easier said than done. There are different meanings for this word conscious. Dictionary meaning: to notice that a particular thing or ...
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Is Brahman sentient in Advaita Vedanta?

Omniscient is a property of Ishwara i.e. Saguna Brahman not Nirguna Brahman. As per Gita Krishna alone is omniscient. O Arjuna, as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, I know everything that has ...
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How to establish myself in the knowledge of the true self (Advaita)?

Yes, it is not a quick process. It requires gradual development of mind, concentration and experience. In Vedanta, this practice or Sadhana are instucted to be accomplished by four stages which are ...
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With respect to the concept of Advaita, why is there separate Karma for different people?

There is a lack of understanding of Turiya. Turiya is not an observer. Turiya Thou liest in the Cosmic Waters in the state of Turiya, which is neither absorption in the oblivion of deep sleep, nor ...
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Different souls part of same Supreme soul?

Both the Supreme Lord and the living entity are known as atma. The Supreme Lord is called Paramatma, and the living entity is called the jivatma, or jiva as mentioned in Brahma Sutras and ...
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What is Turiya and how can we realize it?

What is Turiya? Turiya/तुरीय should be the ultimate state of the consciousness. It's the final outcome or remainder after Neti Neti(Apophatic theology) of other states of consciousness. In ...
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Is paramAtma/brahman just consciousness (awareness) OR is both, consciousness plus sentience (ability to perceive & feel)?

"Perception" and "feeling" are functions of the mind, not Ātman. That is why the Ātman is also called "sākṣin", the witness or the observer. It is pure self-aware ...
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How can consciousness and or Brahman be attached to maya?

Short Answer: Attachment comes because of prakriti which is its objective manifestation. Long Answer: As per Trika Philosophy, Brahman manifests himself into 36 elements, the 12th and 13th elements ...
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Difference between Atman, Chetna and Chaitanya?

Chetana means consciousness. Chaitanya = chetanasya bhAvana shyaN, meaning 'the feeling of consciousness'. To be more precise, Chetana + 'ya' = Chaitanya. shyaN is a formal way of referring to the ya ...
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The name of the Golden egg that is filled with Ananda

Absolute bliss is attained within "I" or "Me" (viz. Atma). Based on Gita, many people refer it as NijAnanda (bliss within self). BG 14.27 - For 'I' am the Abode of Brahman - the indestructible and ...
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Is Brahman sentient in Advaita Vedanta?

Of course Brahman is sentient. After all Brahman is consciousness itself. The Atman, equated to Brahman according to Advaita Vedanta, is always a witness to our actions. This would hardly be possible ...
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Consciousness as vrittis themselves

Yes. Consciousness can be Vrittis themselves. However, some clarifications is in order. Alright. From your statements below, "A matter particle is aware of gravitational field. We know this is true ...
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Why, when and how did the Atman acquire body consciousness?

Short Answer Atman never loses its self awareness. You have the wrong idea. There's no material body in first place, then how can Atman acquire body consciousness? न निरोधो न चोत्पत्तिर्न बद्धो न च सा...
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Why, when and how did the Atman acquire body consciousness?

The following is an excerpt from the teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi. D.: How shall I reach the Self? M.: There is no reaching the Self. If the Self were to be reached, it would mean that ...
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How does one come to realize that atman is brahman?

As per my learning so far, Atma (to be very specific - Jiv-Atma) is singular/automic consciousness. Whereas, Bramha is Vibhu or supreme consciousness. Both are conscious entities and the conscious ...
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Is paramAtma/brahman just consciousness (awareness) OR is both, consciousness plus sentience (ability to perceive & feel)?

Brahman as pure consciousness is not a being in Advaita Vedanta and so cannot have feeling. Atman which is Brahman in us is also simply witness consciousness. Saguna Brahman in Advaita Vedanta or ...
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How is consciousness insentient without recognitive apprehension or vimarsha?

Yeah this is true just like there is no significance of Sun without its rays. Same is the case with Shiva, the highest consciousness. If Shiva is consciousness then his svabhava is vimarsha. As ...
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Difference between Atman, Chetna and Chaitanya?

The Atman is indicated as something other than the gross, subtle and causal bodies, beyond the five sheaths of matter; a witness to the Waking, dream and deep sleep states of Consciousness and the ...
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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?

In The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, Vivekanandaji says (Complete Works, Volume 6, 'Conversations and Dialogues', V. - available here - https://advaitaashrama.org/cw/content.php): Disciple: ...
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What is the reason for which Advaita must exist? why can't Consciousness be many?

because there is no arising or cessation of solid existants.nothing can give rise to anything substantially new,there is only change of condition from one form or state to another.for something to ...
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Understanding Nirguna Brahman

Well, Well, Well...Do we have a serious inquisitor here? For "understanding Nirguna Brahman(NPB)...". Let's stop there. Assume Nirguna Brahman cannot be fully understood. Period. OK. That leaves us ...
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Understanding Nirguna Brahman

To understand Nirguna Brahman one must consult the Upanishads. The Upanishads say poetically, "The eye does not go thither, nor speech, nor the mind. We do not know It; we do not understand how ...
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