Consciousness, The Realisation of Brahman through Love and Knowledge.

The Realisation of Brahman through Love and Knowledge. Knowledge in the sense in which Shri Shankara uses the term, means the highest knowledge, a supra-mental knowledge through a spontaneous experience of the Self as the highest good and intensest Reality. The “otherness” of the absolute Reality passes away like a dream and the individual self …

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Consciousness, Shri Shankara on the Charvaka and Nyaya-Vaisheshika Theories.

The Charvaka and Nyaya-Vaisheshika Theories. In Shri Shankara‘s time there was a crude form of materialism associated with the school of Charvaka. A good account of this erroneous theory is found in Sarva Darshana Sangraha. According to this school, Consciousness is a by-product of matter. It is like the infatuating property of the drug Cannabis …

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Consciousness, Shri Shankara on the Kshanika-Vijnana and Madhyamika theories

The Kshanika-Vijnana and Madhyamika theories. The Madhyamika nihilists of the Buddhist school, deluded as they are, deny the very existence of Consciousness and audaciously reduce it to Pure Nothing. Before them, the Yogachara school of the Buddhists reduced everything to momentary flashes of consciousness. William James held a similar position and challenged the existence of …

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Consciousness, Shri Shankara on the Adwaita theory

The Adwaita Theory In his great commentary on the Prashna Upanishad, Shri Shankara defines and refutes successively the rival theories of Consciousness which were current at his time. His exposition reads as freshly to-day as at the time when he wrote it. These theories are defined as follows:- 1.Consciousness is born and destroyed every moment …

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Consciousness (Chit)

CHIT (CONSCIOUSNESS) “IN ATTEMPTING TO COMPREHEND THE ‘VEDA, EVEN THE HIGHEST INTELLECTS ARE ONLY BEWILDERED.” (Shrimad Bhagawatam) The essence of the philosophic wisdom of the East flows from one great source, and it is the Adwaita philosophy as formulated on a logical and rational basis by the greatest of Eastern philosophers, Shri Bhagawadpad Shankaracharya. The …

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