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About amartingarcia

General surgeon (retired). Studied Western philosophy at U of Toronto. Afterwards interest turned to advaita vedanta and non-duality for past 20 yrs, plus a long interlude in Sufism coinciding with that period. Now contributing in ’Advaita Vision’ with regular posts and discussions.

Consciousness


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DUALITY & NON-DUALITY


 FOREWORD This book consists of a selection from Quora of some of the most relevant questions concerning metaphysics or spirituality that encompass Eastern and Western traditions. The approach is catholic or universal, as can be appreciated in the table of … Continue reading

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DUALITY & NON-DUALITY( My answers in Quora)

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“Can we still hold that modern science is far from realizing the unreality of the world, the basic teaching of Advaita?” It’s clear to me that philosophical statements such as “the world is unreal”, or “reality is spiritual” express not … Continue reading

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Consciousness is prior to the universe


What is the scriptural basis for Advaita consciousness being an awareness preceding the universe? That’s an ‘easy’ one. 1) Consciousness and awareness are the same for Advaita Vedanta. 2) Atman-brahman, or Consciousness, is the sole reality – the universe is … Continue reading

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Ramanuja & Shankara


Who would win in an argument between Ramanujacharya and Shankaracharya? As non-duality can be said to go beyond, and at the same time enclose duality within itself, we can also say that Shankara, being a non-dualist philosopher, goes beyond and … Continue reading

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Freewill vs. determinism


Is every action predetermined or is there free will? The notion of ‘free will’ is of Jewish-Christian origin, and is the other side of the coin which consists in that other nostrum, ‘(the problem of) evil’, and which complicates things … Continue reading

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Neo-Advaita


Who am I? Someone who wants to play. I borrowed that expression from you. Neo Advaitist- No play. I told you I don’t believe in any teaching; only, ‘Being is’, and that is what I am. Some say, Being is … Continue reading

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Not thinking


What are the antonyms of thinking? Thinking is a conscious act. So, I think, the antonyms of thinking must express an unconscious action like sleeping, but I can’t find the exact word. Unconsciousness is the antonym of consciousness, not of … Continue reading

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Brahman & maya


Can Advaitins explain how Maya can be an attribute of the supposedly attributeless Brahman? Why was the creation needed if Brahman alone existed? What is Ishwara? 1) Maya is not an attribute of Brahman which, as you say, is attributeless. … Continue reading

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