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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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Advaita Doctrine: Preliminaries

Advaita Doctrine: Preliminaries

(p.17) Chapter 2 Advaita Doctrine: Preliminaries

Srinivasa Rao

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This chapter gives an overview of how there was a defective stand about non-duality taken by Mandana Miśra which was corrected by Śankara, but how this corrected view itself came to be misunderstood and distorted by later followers of Śankara. The emphasis here is on how the essentially correct view of Śankara came to be misunderstood, transformed and twisted by his followers, leading to the development of a strong orthodoxy in Advaita. The chapter gives a panoramic view of the development of these orthodox ideas of post-Śankara Advaita where non-existent entities are mistakenly hypostatized and mere pedagogic narratives are treated as philosophical theories. These mistakes receive detailed and systematic criticism in the chapters that follow.

Keywords:   non-duality, Mandana Miśra, Śankara, orthodoxy, pedagogic narrative

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