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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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Re-stating the Obvious

Re-stating the Obvious

(p.184) Chapter 17 Re-stating the Obvious

Srinivasa Rao

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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

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