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The Nature of the World

Srinivasa Rao

in Advaita

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780198079811
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081707 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198079811.003.0014
The Nature of the World

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The world is described in Advaita as anātman which is sadasadvilaksana in nature. But as a positive entity different in its basic nature from the Self, it leads to a logically unavoidable dualism that clearly contradicts true non-duality. Saying that it exists at a very different level and is then sublated does not really help because its existence at any level and at any time is contradictory of non-duality. To say that it never really exists at all nullifies all earlier discourse on the sadasadvilaksana and makes Advaita even more muddled. First attributing real existence to the world and later on completely withdrawing this existential status retrospectively means one is not really very sure of the definite nature of the world.

Keywords: anātman; sadasadvilaksana; Self; dualism; non-duality

Chapter.  1835 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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