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Sacred Scriptures and the Mysticism of Advaita Vedānta

Arvind Sharma

in Mysticism and Sacred Scripture

Published in print December 2000 | ISBN: 9780195097030
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199848805 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195097030.003.0009
Sacred Scriptures and the Mysticism of Advaita Vedānta

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This chapter illustrates the relationship between mysticism and sacred scripture in the philosophical tradition within Hinduism that is known as Advaita Vedānta. It argues that that the relationship between experience and scripture (and the doctrines as embodied in them) could be transcriptive or transformative at both ends. When it is transcriptive, the relationship between experience and scripture could be merely repetitive or regulative. When it is transformative, the relationship could be progressively innovative, inventive, or creative—or regressively restrictive. If all the views that have been expressed, from both the experiential and scriptural standpoints, on the question of the relationship between the two are surveyed in Advaita Vedānta, the chips will not fall where they may—they are likely to fall somewhere on this grid.

Keywords: Hinduism; mysticism; sacred scripture; Advaita Vedānta

Chapter.  8145 words. 

Subjects: East Asian Religions

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