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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 Sublation

On Sublation

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(p.100) Chapter 5 On Sublation
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Advaita
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Srinivasa Rao

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198079811.003.0005

Sublation is a foundational idea in traditional Advaita which is logically required by its theories of illusion, both empirical and metaphysical. In Advaita, illusory snakes are always sublated by correct knowledge and the entire empirical world is sublated by Brahmānubhava. While ignorance creates both illusory and empirical objects, right knowledge destroys or sublates them both. This chapter advances arguments to show that things cannot be sublated at all; it is only wrong ideas and beliefs that can be, and that are in fact, sublated. It is argued that when we develop some wrong knowledge in our minds, illusory objects are not created in the external world and when our wrong knowledge is corrected, those objects are not removed from the world because wrong knowledge does not create “false objects” and right knowledge does not sublate them as believed in Advaita.

Keywords:   sublation, illusion, illusory snakes, knowledge, Brahmānubhava, ignorance

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