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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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On Anātman

On Anātman

(p.158) Chapter 13 On Anātman

Srinivasa Rao

Oxford University Press

While Śankara had spoken of anātman as merely a superimposed idea, his commentators resorted to an absolutely needless hypostatization of it as a kind of positive, experienced entity in total opposition to the non-dual Self, thereby bringing into the doctrine of non-duality some serious problems besides attracting criticisms from the dualists. If the Self is the sole non-dual reality, it logically follows from it that nothing like anātman can ever exist anywhere at any time and hence any talk of its existing, being perceived, being experienced and then finally getting sublated can never make any sense. No sadasadvilaksana entities are ever created by māyā and then sublated by Brahmānubhava. Such creation and sublation cannot be logically and consistently asserted as true at the empirical or even at the transcendental level. The doctrine is typifies ontological extravagance.

Keywords:   anātman, Brahmānubhava, sadasadvilaksana, sublation, Śankara, Self, non-duality, māyā

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