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Re-stating the Obvious

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/9780198079811.003.0017
Re-stating the Obvious

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This chapter briefly summarizes the stand taken in this book. It consists of the rejection of the ontology and metaphysics of avidyā and māyā; of the thesis that our experience of the world is illusory in which we experience “false objects”; of the idea that anātman is a false entity of some kind experienced by us; of the notion that ignorance is an entity of a positive kind; of the claim that false entities are created by ignorance and are also destroyed by correct knowledge; of the thesis that the entire world is sublated upon attaining Brahman-realization and so on. It argues that duality is only imagined by ignorance and it can never be an experiential, ontological fact of discovery. It is a re-statement of non-duality thesis through fresh insights obtained by criticism and rejection of the doctrines of traditional Advaita.

Keywords: ontology; metaphysics; avidyā; māyā; experience; anātman; ignorance; Brahman; duality

Chapter.  4611 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy

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