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Chaturvedi BadrinathUnity of Life and Other Essays$
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Tulsi Badrinath

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199465187

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199465187.001.0001

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Unity of Life

Unity of Life

The Spiritual and the Material*

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(p.87) 20 Unity of Life
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Chaturvedi Badrinath
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Tulsi Badrinath

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199465187.003.0020

The spiritual and the material are parts of the same reality in which human life is rooted. Badrinath says if one builds a philosophy which regards either one or the other as the ultimate reality, one will have either material ism or spiritual ism. In turning into an ism, one is then as false as the other, and both are equally dangerous, in individual and social terms alike. The root meaning of adhyatma is ‘self-inquiry’, and knowledge of self is the main subject of all Indian thought, that word itself did not have to be used much. The enquiry ‘who am I?’ involved an enquiry into the material conditions of life in the first place.

Keywords:   spiritual, material, adhyatma, unity of life, vairagya, Swami Vivekananda

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