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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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A Page from Rip Van Winkle

A Page from Rip Van Winkle

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(p.110) Chapter 6 A Page from Rip Van Winkle
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Advaita
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Srinivasa Rao

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198079811.003.0006

Advaitins have held that the experiencing of the transcendental truth is the same as the experiencing of the falsity of all our empirical experiences. But this book takes the stand that no experience can falsify another experience. An experience may falsify only the ideas or beliefs generated by previous experiences. This truth is extremely well known among common people in the world and to illustrate it, a page from the story of Rip Van Winkle is taken in which, not knowing that he himself had slept for twenty long years, Winkle begins to doubt all his experiences after waking up from long sleep. An analogy is made out here between him and the traditional Advaitin who argues that when Brahman is experienced, it renders our world-experience illusory.

Keywords:   Rip Van Winkle, transcendental truth, experience, Brahman

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