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Advaita Vedanta traces its roots in the oldest Upanishads. It relies on three textual sources called the Prasthanatrayi. It gives “a unifying siddhwnta of the whole body of Upanishads”,  the Brahma Sutrasand the Bhagavad Gita.
Although its roots trace back to the 1st millennium BCE, the most prominent exponent of the Advaita Vedanta is considered by the tradition to be 8th century scholar Adi Shankara.
Advaita Vedanta emphasizes Jivanmuktithe idea that moksha freedom, liberation is achievable in this life in contrast to Indian philosophies that emphasize videhamuktior moksha after death. Advaita influenced and was influenced by various traditions and texts of Hindu philosophies such as SamkhyaYogaNyayaother sub-schools of Vedanta, VaishnavismShaivismthe Puranasthe Agamasas well as social movements such as the Bhakti movement. The Advaita Vedanta school has been historically referred to by various names, such as Advaita-vada speaker of AdvaitaAbheda-darshana view of non-differenceDvaita-vada-pratisedha denial of dual distinctionsand Kevala-dvaita non-dualism of the isolated.
According to Richard King, a professor of Buddhist and Asian studies, the term Advaita first occurs in a recognizably Vedantic context in the prose of Mandukya Upanishad. An ocean, a single seer without duality becomes he whose world is Brahman, O King, Yajnavalkya instructed This is his supreme way.
Sri Sankaracharya Advaita Darshana
This is his supreme achievement. It, like nearly all these philosophies, [note 4] has an integrated body of textual interpretations and religious practices for what Hinduism considers four proper aims of life: Within the Vedanta tradition of Hinduism are many sub-schools, of which Advaita is one. Unlike Buddhism, but like Jainism, all Vedanta schools consider the existence of Atman real self, soul as self-evident. The sub-schools of Vedanta disagree on the relation between Atman and Brahman.
The Advaita darsana considers them to be identical. Advaita Vedanta believes that the knowledge of one’s true self or Atman is liberating. This is achieved through what Sankara refers to as anubhavaimmediate intuition. Sankara contends that this direct awareness is construction-free, and not construction-filled.
Self-knowledge is, therefore, not seen as an awareness of Brahmanbut instead an awareness that is Brahmansince one will transcend any form of duality in this state of consciousness. Correct knowledge, which destroys avidyapsychological and perceptual errors related to Atman and Brahman,  is obtained through three stages of practice, sravana hearingmanana thinking and nididhyasana meditation.
The Vedanta tradition of Hinduism rejects the dualism of Samkhya. The Samkhya school of Hindu thought proposes two metaphysical realities, namely Purusha spirit and Prakriti inert primal matterthen states that Purusha is the efficient cause of all existence while Prakriti is its material cause. By accepting this postulation, various theoretical difficulties arise which Advaita and other Vedanta traditions offer different answers for: These are the questions that Advaita Vedanta thinkers have historically attempted to answer, as did the non-Advaita schools of Hinduism.
Advaita establishes its truths, in part, from the oldest Principal Upanishads srutithe Brahma Sutrasthe Bhagavad Gita and numerous other Hindu texts. The Srutiit believes is a collection of experience and meditative insights about liberating knowledge.
Of these, much of the Advaita Vedanta philosophy focuses on the last, gaining liberation in one’s current life. The soteriological goal, in Advaita, is to gain self-knowledge and complete understanding of the identity of Atman and Brahman. I am other than name, form and action. My nature is ever free! I am Self, the supreme unconditioned Brahman.
I am pure Awareness, always non-dual. According to Advaita Vedanta, liberation can be achieved while living, and is called Jivanmukti.
According to Rambachan, in Advaita, this state of liberating self-knowledge includes and leads to the understanding that “the self is the self of all, the knower of self sees the self in all beings and all beings in the self. In Advaita Vedanta, siddhatna interest is not in liberation in after life, but in one’s current life.
The concept of Jivanmukti of Advaita Vedanta contrasts with Videhamukti moksha from samsara after death in theistic sub-schools of Vedanta. Sruti scripturesproper reasoning and meditation are the main sources of knowledge vidya for the Advaita Vedanta tradition.
Sravana literally means hearing, and broadly refers to perception and observations typically aided by a counsellor or teacher guru wherein the Advaitin listens and discusses the ideas, concepts, questions and answers. Adi Shankara uses anubhava interchangeably with pratipatta”understanding”. Several Mahavakyasor “the great sentences”, have Advaitic theme, that is “the inner immortal self and the great cosmic power are one and the same”.
Advaita Vedanta entails more than self-inquiry or bare insight into one’s real nature, [note arvaita but siddyanta includes self-restraint, textual studies and ethical perfection.
It is described in classical Advaita books like Shankara’s Upadesasahasri  and the Vivekachudamaniwhich is also attributed to Shankara. Classical Advaita Vedanta emphasises the path of Jnana Yoga, a progression of study and training to attain moksha. Correct knowledge, which destroys avidyapsychological and perceptual errors related to Atman and Brahman,  is obtained in jnanayoga through three stages of practice,  sravana hearingmanana thinking and nididhyasana meditation.
Advaita Vedanta school has traditionally had a high reverence for Guru teacherand recommends that a competent Guru be sought in one’s pursuit of spirituality.
However, the Guru is not mandatory in Advaita school, states Clooney, but reading of Vedic literature and siddhsnta by reflection is. A guru is someone more than a teacher, traditionally a reverential figure to the student, with the guru serving as a “counselor, who helps mold values, shares experiential knowledge as much as literal knowledge, an exemplar in life, an inspirational source and who helps in the spiritual evolution of a student. The classical Advaita Vedanta explains all reality and everything in the experienced world to be same as the Brahman.
This Advaita does by positing its theory of three levels of reality,  the theory of two truths,  and by developing and integrating these ideas with its theory of errors anirvacaniya khyati. Shankara proposes three levels of reality, using sublation as the ontological criterion: Advaita Vedanta acknowledges and admits that from the empirical perspective there are numerous distinctions.
All these are valid and true in their respective contexts, states Advaita, but only from their respective particular perspectives. This “absolute and relative truths” explanation, Advaitins call as the “two truths” doctrine. From the perspective of a person on earth, sun does rise and set, there is both light and darkness, not “all is afvaita, there are relative shades of jn and darkness.
Both are valid realities and truths, given their perspectives. Yet, they are contradictory. What is true from one point of view, states Grimes, is not from another. To Advaita Vedanta, this does not mean there are two truths and two realities, but it only means that the same one Reality and one Truth is explained or experienced from two different perspectives.
As they developed these theories, Advaita Vedanta scholars were influenced by some ideas from the NyayaSamkhya and Yoga schools of Hindu philosophy. Advaita also posits the fourth state of Turiyawhich some describe as pure consciousness, the background that underlies and transcends these three common states of consciousness. Advaita traces the foundation of this ontological theory in more ancient Sanskrit texts. According to Advaita Vedanta, Brahman is the highest Reality   That which is unborn and unchanging,   and “not sublatable”,  and cannot be superseded by a still higher reality.
Brahman is Paramarthika Satyam”Absolute Truth”,  and. In Advaita, Brahman is the substrate and cause of all changes. It is a Sanskrit word that means “real self” of the individual,   “essence”, [web 5] and soul.
Advaita Vedanta philosophy considers Atman as self-existent awareness, limitless and non-dual. Atman is not the constantly changing body, not the desires, not the emotions, not the ego, nor the dualistic mind in Advaita Vedanta.
According to Advaita Vedanta, Atman kannava identical to Brahman. Moksha is attained by realizing the identity of Atman and Brahman, the complete understanding of one’s real nature as Brahman in this life. According to Advaita Vedanta, Brahman is the sole reality. The status of the phenomenal world is an important question in Advaita Vedanta, and different solutions have been proposed. The perception of the phenomenal world as real is explained by maya constantly changing reality and avidya “ignorance”.
Other than Brahmaneverything else, including the universe, material objects and individuals, are ever-changing and therefore maya. Brahman is Paramarthika Satyam”Absolute Truth”,  and “the true Self, pure consciousness, the only Reality satsince It is untinged by difference, the mark of ignorance, and since It is the one thing that is not sublatable”. But there are different advaitta on the causal relationship and the nature of the empirical world from the perspective of metaphysical Advaitta.
The Brahma Sutras advajta, the ancient Vedantins, most sub-schools of Vedanta,  [web 6] as well as Samkhya school of Hindu philosophy, [web 6] support Parinamavadathe idea that the world is a real transformation parinama of Brahman. Scholars disagree on the whether Adi Shankara and his Advaita system explained causality through vivarta. Vivartavada states that although Brahman appears to undergo a transformation, in fact no real change takes place.
The myriad of beings are unreal manifestation, as the only real being is Brahman, that ultimate reality which is unborn, unchanging, and entirely without parts”.
The advocates of this illusive, unreal transformation based causality theory, states Nicholson, have been the Advaitins, the followers of Shankara. However, other scholars such as Hajime Nakamura and Paul Hacker disagree.
Hacker and others state that Adi Shankara did not advocate Vivartavadaand his explanations are “remote from any connotation of illusion”.
According to these scholars, it was the 13th century scholar Prakasatman who gave a definition to Vivartaand it is Prakasatman’s theory that is sometimes misunderstood as Adi Shankara’s position.
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According to Eliot Deutsch, Advaita Vedanta states that from “the standpoint of Brahman-experience and Brahman itself, there is no creation” in the absolute sense, all empirically observed creation is relative and mere transformation of one state into another, all states are provisional and a cause-effect driven modification.
The doctrine of Maya is used to explain the empirical reality in Advaita. Advaitins assert that the perceived world, including people and other existence, is not what it appears to be”. Advaita school holds that liberation is the unfettered realization and understanding of the unchanging Reality and truths — the Self, that the Self Soul in oneself is same as the Self in another and the Self in everything Brahman.
In Advaita Vedanta philosophy, there are two realities: Vyavaharika empirical reality and Paramarthika absolute, spiritual Reality. Maya is the manifestation of the world, whereas Brahman, which supports Maya, is the cause of the world. The spiritual truth is the truth forever, while what is empirical truth is only true for now.
The goal of spiritual enlightenment, state Advaitins, is to realize Brahman, realize the unity and Oneness of all reality. According to Shankara, Brahman is in reality attributeless and formless.
Brahman, the highest truth and all Realitydoes not really change; it is only our ignorance that gives the appearance of change. If the concept is logically analysed, it would lead the Vedanta philosophy toward dualism or nihilism and uproot its fundamental position.
Advaita Vedanta – Wikipedia
To Advaitins, human beings, in a state of unawareness and ignorance of this Universal Self, see their “I-ness” as different than the being in others, then act out of impulse, fears, cravings, malice, division, confusion, anxiety, passions, and a sense of distinctiveness. Subsequent Advaitins gave knanada various explanations, from which various Advaita schools arose. The ancient and advwita texts of Advaita Vedanta and other schools of Hindu philosophy discuss Pramana epistemology.
The theory of Pramana discusses questions like how correct knowledge can be acquired; how one knows, how one doesn’t; and to what extent knowledge pertinent about someone or something can be acquired.