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AdvaitaA Contemporary Critique$
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Srinivasa Rao

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780198079811

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198079811.001.0001

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The Nature of the World

The Nature of the World

(p.168) Chapter 14 The Nature of the World

Srinivasa Rao

Oxford University Press

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

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