Vedas 17 - Advaita Vedanta
Advaita Vedanta is
by Dr. Geeta Radhakrishna Menon
The most philosophical of
The ‘Darshanas' or
The six schools of
The Indian Philosophy
That admit Vedic authority.
The philosophical interpretation of
Sankara's ‘Advaita Vedanta'
Can be intellectually
Only through profound spiritual experiences.
According to Sankara's Advaita Vedanta,
Brahman is the Only Reality or
The Absolute Truth known as
The ‘Brahma Satyam'.
The world is ‘Jagan mithya' or
An illusion or falsehood.
‘Jeevo Brahmaiva Na Parah'.
The Atman or the individual soul
Is not different from
The Brahman or the Cosmic soul.
So, Atman and Brahman are non- different.
The world is a creation of ‘Maya'!
‘Maya' is the creator of
A world of pluralities, varieties
Individualities and possibilities!
It is an activating agency or
A power that leads us astray
Mistaking Brahman as the world of plurality.
It is like heat and fire.
Just as heat resides in fire
As its inseparable constituent,
Maya is a constituent of Brahman,
Responsible for the ‘appearance' of
The One Reality into the experiential many.