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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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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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Why does Chinna Jeeyar Swami carry a bunch of sticks and a flag attached to them?

Not just Chinna Jeeyar Swami, but all Sri Vaishnava Acharyas carry these three sticks. They are called the Tridanda, and they are carried by those who have taken up Tridandi Sanyasa, which is the ...
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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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Differences between Advaita & Vishishtadvaita

The following article by Balarama Murty Vempaty discusses the three philosophies - Dvaita, Vishishtadvaita and Advaita. It also talks about the role of Karma, Gnana and Bhakti in these philosophies. ...
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Which scripture describes six kalyana gunas (auspicious attributes) of Vishnu?

Vishnu Purana in 6.5.74 states: "ऐश्वर्यस्य समग्रस्य धर्मस्य यशसरिश्रयः। ज्ञानवैराग्ययोश्चैव षण्णां भग इतीरणा ।।" Complete splendor, virtue, glory, opulence, knowledge, dispassion - these ...
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Is "Vishishtadvaita" a scriptural term? Is there any instance where it is used in scriptures?

Presumably by 'scripture', you're referring to one of the ancient texts belonging to one of Shruti, Smriti, Itihasa, Purana and not the works of recent Acharyas. If that is the case, the term '...
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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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How does Vishishtadvaita interpret "One without a second"?

The Visistadvaita interpretation of the phrase "one only without a second" is that Sriman Narayana is unique and no other being is equal to him, not that no other being exists. Here is what ...
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What are the important texts/scriptures of VisistAdvaita Vedanta?

Actually Ramanujacharya has written three commentaries on Brahma Sutra: Sri Bhashhya (श्री भाष्य​) Veanta Sara (वेदान्त​ सार​) Vedanta Dipa (वेदान्त​ दीप​) Apart from Sri Bhashya, One of the ...
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What is the Vishishtadvaitin equivalent to "Brahma Satyam Jagat Mithya Jeevo Brahmaiva Naparah"?

The key principles of Vishishtadvaita are: There are three entities: cit (jivatma), acit (prakriti) and Isvara (Parabrahman). Parabrahman is Sriman Lakshmi Narayana who has infinite auspicious ...
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How do Sri Vaishnava Acharyas interpret this verse from the Kaushitaki Upanishad?

Ramanujacharya discusses this Kaushitaki Upanishad verse in this section of the Sri Bhashya, commenting on Adhyaya 2 Pada 3 Sutra 41 of the Brahma Sutras: [Objection:] “But there is a scriptural text....
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What are the views of Vishishtadvaita on Nirguna Brahman?

Brahman is Nirguna is a statement of Brahma Sutra. As long as I know all the Vaishnav Acharyas agree on this. However as I discuss in this question of mine; the interpretation of Nirguna is different ...
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Differences between Advaita & Vishishtadvaita

Sri Vishishtadvaita is the main principle of Sri-Vaisnav Sampradaye.and it is very beautiful described and easily can understand by anyone. There are total three famous opinions in Vaisnav Samprdaye: ...
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What was Swami Vivekananda's view on Vedanta?

According to Swami Vivekananda, the first step is Dvaita, second is Vishishtâdvaita and the final is Advaita. The Complete Works/Volume 1/Lectures And Discourses/The Vedanta Philosophy: The Vedanta ...
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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 Vishishtadvaitins interpret this passage from the Vishnu Purana?

We find in the Sri Bhashya introduction the explanation of how to interpret such passages from the Vishnu Purana. Acharya Ramanuja writes here in George Thibaut's translation Also the sloka ...
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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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If there is a conflict between Pratyaksha pramana and Sruti, which one takes precedence according to Vishishtadvaita Vedanta?

Here is what Ramanujacharya says in this section of the Sri Bhashya, in the course of refuting the Advaita belief that we should believe that duality is unreal on the basis of scripture despite it ...
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How did Advaitins Defend Attributeless brahman from Ramanuja's arguments?

In his book, A Critical Survey of Indian Philosophy, by Dr. Prof. Chandradhar Sharma, addresses these attacks on Advaita. Venkatanatha (also known as Vedantadeshika) (a follower of Ramanuja) in his ...
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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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How does Vishistaadvaita philosophy explain 'jiva' name for Lord Shriman Narayana

Here is what the Sri Vaishnava Acharya Parashara Bhattar says in his commentary on the Vishnu Sahasranamam: Individual souls are called Jivas. The Lord redeems Jivas and makes them live in Him. ...
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Which Hindu lineages are most welcoming of converts?

I don't know your exact location in the US. In Southern California one of the most popular Hindu organizations following Advaita Vedanta is Self Realization Fellowship of Paramahansa Yogananda. It is ...
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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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The Theory of Relation as per Visistadvaita Philosophy

We will see Visisthadvaita Philosophy in detail and also clear the doubts of Advaita and Dvaita philosophy as well as Abhed,Bhed Sruti (Advaita & Dvaita) and also demonstrate Gatak sruti Here we ...
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How does Vishistaadvaita philosophy explain 'jiva' name for Lord Shriman Narayana

Here I am trying to figure out answer of your question from Vishnu-Sastranam Strotram, Bhagvad Gita & Sri Ramanujacharaya (Vishitaadvaita) Phiosophy. So, Let's first we look-out the Sloka ...
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Why prabhupada refers Bramhan as non-dual(advaita) in his commentry on SB?

The philosophy of Prabhupada and Gaudiya Vaishanva is Achintya Bhedabheda. (Inconceivable oneness and difference) I've mentioned/listed it's overview in my answer on Dvaita vs Advaita vs ...
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Whats a good roadmap to learn Visistadvaita philosophy?

You can read 'Sri Ramanuja Gita Bhasya' translated by Swami Adidevananda. You can also read 'Brahma-Sutras Sri-Bhasya of Sri Ramanuja' translated by Swamis Vireswarananda and Adidevananda.
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