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Dvaita vs Advaita vs Vishistadvaita vs Shuddhadvaita vs any other

Q. I hear these terms Dvaita, Advaita, Vishistdvaita, Shuddhadvaita, and may be any other XYZdvaita, etc in most of the questions but I am not very sure what do they refer to. There are six Darshan (...
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Do followers of dvaita really believe that advaitins are "deceitful demons"?

It is because they cite a specific verse from garuDa purANa which says maNiman demon reincarnated in kali yuga. As per them the incarnation of vaayu in dwapara yuga was Bheem sena and the incarnation ...
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Why did Swami Vivekananda say that Dvaita, Vishistadvaita and Advaita are all correct?

Because Swami Vivekananda considered them as three steps in Spiritual progress. First step is Dvaita (dualism), second step VisistAdvaita (qualified non-dualism) and third step is Advaita (non-dualism)...
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How do Dvaitins and Vishistadvaitins interpret this passage of Mahabharata?

You quoted from the Mahabharata this passage of text: Meanwhile, the righteous-souled Suka, who had entered the elements, had become their soul and acquired omnipresence, answered his sire by ...
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How do Dvaitins interpret this verse of Brihadaranyaka Upanishad?

Here's how the Dvaita philosopher Madhvacharya renders the portion you put in bold, in this excerpt from his commentary on the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad: But he worships any other god (than Brahman),...
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What are the exact interpretations of four Mahavakyas by Dvaita, Vishishtadvaita and Advaita?

Partial Answer (for one Mahavakya Tat Tvam Asi) Note: I recommend going through overview of the similarity and difference between Vedanta philosophies. The debate for interpretation is due to the ...
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Why does Advaita insists on 'non-dualism' and not 'monism'?

Brahman is described as ekamevadvitiyam, one only without a second. The word monism, as said in my comment, is often used interchangeably in common parlance with non-dualism (or advaita (not two)), ...
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Cause of Evil, as per Theistic Vedanta?

You're talking about the well known "Problem of Evil" in Western Philosophy. This is discussed in detail in the Vedanta Sutras, in particular in the sutra वैषम्यनैर्घृण्ये न, सापेक्षत्वात्, तथा हि ...
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How do dvaitins interpret this verse from Bhagavad Gita?

Dvaita interprets that unmanifest abode does refer to either of following: Supreme Lord Himself Resplendent form of the Supreme Lord According to Madhvacharya's Bhashya on Bhagavadgita: Sanskrit ...
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What is the definition of Nirguna Brahman according to Dvaitadvaita & Dvaita?

Dvaitadvaita gives the same explanation of Nirguna that Visistadvaita and Achintya Bhedabheda give. Here's what Roma Bose says in this excerpt from her book "Doctrines of Nimbarka and his Followers": ...
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Was advaita scholar Sri Vidyaranya defeated by Sri Akshobhya Tirtha?

Jayateertharu, the very next disciple of Shri Akshobhya teertharu had written a book named"Guru vandana", where he writes history, important aspects, his victories etc. But he never mention victory ...
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Was advaita scholar Sri Vidyaranya defeated by Sri Akshobhya Tirtha?

Yes, Vidyaranya (Advaitin Scholar and brother of famous Sayanacharya) was defeated by Akshobhya Tirtha (Dwaita Scholar) in famous debate moderated by Vedanta Deshikacharya (Sri Vaishnava scholar ...
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How does dvaita theory counteract/explain BG 10:20

I just happened to see this question, posted 10 months back. If you are still searching for an answer, here's an explanation from dvaitin: The word 'आत्मा' has multiple meanings: self, Brahman, mind, ...
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How does Dvaita philosophy explain Moksha?

Followers of Madhvacharya, the chief exponent of Dvaita, do not believe in Moksha as conventionally understood by other schools, where the jivatma acheives unity with paramatma. In Madhva's view, the ...
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Are there English translations of Upanishad bhAshyas from dvaita and vishishtha advaita perspectives?

Dvaita commentaries are available at Nagesh Sonde's website Sri Madhvacharya's Bhasya on Upanishads: Isha Upanishad Chhandogya Upanishad Katha Upanishad Kena Upanishad Mandukya Upanishad Mundaka ...
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Does the Saura Purana foretell the appearance of Madhvacharya?

Yes. Saura Purana chapters 38 to 40 contain prophecy of the birth of Madhvacharya and passages which attack Madhvacharya and his philosophy. These chapters glorify Advaita and Shiva. There are ...
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What is the source of Shri Adi Shankaracharya saying "ईश्वरः नारायणशीलः" or "Ishwaraha Narayanasheelaha"?

It is ईश्वरः सर्वज्ञः नारायणाख्यः ईशनशीलः ॥ १७ ॥ in the Bhagavadgita Bhashya by Shankara for the verse 15.17. It means: The omniscient Ishwara, Lord, by the name Narayana, is Ishanashiila - the one ...
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How does Dvaita philosophy explain Moksha?

Madhvacharya considers Jivas and God as eternally different. Thus an Advaita style moksha is not possible. (In fact Dvaitins regard the Advaita Moksha as destruction of the Jiva and thus to be avoided....
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Allegory of the Moon and its shadow - Dvaita, Advaita and Vishishta Advaita

Not sure if this is what you're looking for but this research paper - THEORY OF CAUSATION IN VEDANTA PHILOSOPHY mentions the following on page 17-18: Pratibimbavada: Advaita philosophy maintains ...
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According to Dvaita philosophy, is Vishnu the only God?

I noticed that you asked many questions about what Dvaita teaches. You should know that Dvaita is just one specific system of the philosophy of Vedanta promulgated by the Madhva (Madhvacarya or ...
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Which verses in Vedas and Upanishads can be used to prove that Brahman is sagunam?

No matter, whether one is Vaishnava or Shaiva or whatever. Vedas clearly say "ekamevAdvitIyam". There is only one Brahman. It does not make sense even to think "Which Brahman should we ...
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Can anyone please give pdf link for Brahma Sutra Bhashya of Shri Madhwacharya in English or Kannada?

The English translation of Vedanta/ Brahma Sutra is given here with commentry of Sri Madhavacharya.
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what is the philosophy of bhagvat gita, advita or dvaita?

Swami Sivananda in his Introduction to Bhagavad-Gita says : In one place in the Gita, Lord Krishna praises Karma Yoga: “The Yoga of action is superior to the renunciation of action”—V.2. In another ...
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How does Kashmiri Shaivism explain the origin of bondage of souls?

Kashmir Shaivism (KS) rejects the Advaita Vedānta (AV) theory of eternal and independent ignorance. In Kashmir Shaivism, avidyā and māyā (illusion), are Śakti, They also believe in infinite souls and ...
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Which verses in Vedas and Upanishads can be used to prove that Brahman is sagunam?

"Where one sees nothing else, hears nothing else, understands nothing else, that is the greatest (Infinite, nirguna). Where one sees something else, hears something else, understands something else, ...
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How do Dvaitins interpret the Brahma Sutras where it says Brahman is the material cause of the universe?

Here is how the Dvaita philosopher Madhvacharya interprets various parts of the Brahma Sutras which other commentators interpret as saying that Brahman rather than Prakriti is the material cause of ...
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Whose avatar was Sri RAghavendra Swami?

I'd like to start by pointing out that it's not his samadhi but the vrindavana which is present in Mantralaya. Sri Raghavendra Swami is considered to be the 4th incarnation of Sankukarna, who was an ...
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