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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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Orthodoxy and Tradition

Orthodoxy and Tradition

(p.1) Chapter 1 Orthodoxy and Tradition

Srinivasa Rao

Oxford University Press

The nature and relationship of tradition to orthodoxy is explored here. A living tradition becoming static, resistant to changes and insensitive to challenges, turns into an orthodoxy. Therefore if a philosophical tradition has to remain truly philosophical, open-ended, and creative, it must resist becoming an orthodoxy. In the course of its development, Advaita has very gradually morphed into an orthodoxy and this has been made a lot more easy by its being treated as a religion by most of its followers. Consequently, all sorts of dualistic theories and notions have been smuggled into the tradition and have been mindlessly defended as genuine parts of the tradition or paramparā of non-duality. Some illustrations of such degradation are given.

Keywords:   orthodoxy, tradition, paramparā, non-duality, philosophical

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