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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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“Brahma satyam jaganmithyā…”

“Brahma satyam jaganmithyā…”

(p.178) Chapter 16 “Brahma satyam jaganmithyā…”

Srinivasa Rao

Oxford University Press

This chapter is an analysis of the most famous epigrammatic account of the traditional Advaita position in half a verse which means Brahman is real, the world is illusory and the individual self is none but Brahman. This chapter therefore asks: Is the sentence expressed by this half-verse a conjunction, a disjunction or an implication? Does it meet the logical requirements mandatory for such a sentence? Understood as a sentence of any one of the above three kinds, does it faultlessly express the traditional Advaita position? These are some of the questions raised and answered in this chapter.

Keywords:   traditional Advaita, Brahman, self, illusory

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