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Nalini Bhushan and Jay L. Garfield

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199769261

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199769261.001.0001

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Ras Bihari Das, “The Falsity of the World” (1940)

Ras Bihari Das, “The Falsity of the World” (1940)

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Indian Philosophy in English

Nalini Bhushan

Jay L. Garfield

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents Ras Bihari Das's 1940 essay, “The Falsity of the World,” in which he offers a distinctively realistic interpretation of Vedānta. Das specialized in Advaita Vedānta studies and the philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead. He was influenced by Hiralal Haldar, B. N. Seal, and K. C. Bhattacharyya. In his essay, Das explores the claim made advaitism that “the world is false.” In particular, he comments on the argument that “All are appearances and since appearances are known to be false, everything that is an appearance must be false.” He then considers three different ways in which to make the notion of the falsity of the world intelligible. Finally, he explains how religion expressly draws our mind away from all visible things to an invisible, and argues that our spiritual nature certainly gains in strength through activities of art, morality, and religion.

Keywords:   falsity, Ras Bihari Das, Vedānta, advaitism, appearance, world, religion, morality

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