A Page from Rip Van Winkle

Srinivasa Rao

in Advaita

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780198079811
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081707 | DOI:
A Page from Rip Van Winkle

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Advaitins have held that the experiencing of the transcendental truth is the same as the experiencing of the falsity of all our empirical experiences. But this book takes the stand that no experience can falsify another experience. An experience may falsify only the ideas or beliefs generated by previous experiences. This truth is extremely well known among common people in the world and to illustrate it, a page from the story of Rip Van Winkle is taken in which, not knowing that he himself had slept for twenty long years, Winkle begins to doubt all his experiences after waking up from long sleep. An analogy is made out here between him and the traditional Advaitin who argues that when Brahman is experienced, it renders our world-experience illusory.

Keywords: Rip Van Winkle; transcendental truth; experience; Brahman

Chapter.  655 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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