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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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“Brahma satyam jaganmithyā…”

“Brahma satyam jaganmithyā…”

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(p.178) Chapter 16 “Brahma satyam jaganmithyā…”
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Advaita
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Srinivasa Rao

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198079811.003.0016

This chapter is an analysis of the most famous epigrammatic account of the traditional Advaita position in half a verse which means Brahman is real, the world is illusory and the individual self is none but Brahman. This chapter therefore asks: Is the sentence expressed by this half-verse a conjunction, a disjunction or an implication? Does it meet the logical requirements mandatory for such a sentence? Understood as a sentence of any one of the above three kinds, does it faultlessly express the traditional Advaita position? These are some of the questions raised and answered in this chapter.

Keywords:   traditional Advaita, Brahman, self, illusory

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