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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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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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Origins


From where did everything originate? Posted on February 4, 2022 by amartingarcia Existence is its own ‘origin’, as awareness is aware of itself, (though not in a self-reflective subject-object relationship) as well as of everything else; or as the first cause is the … Continue reading

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Beauty & Hope


Beauty & Hope Como la vida de una flor es nuestra vida: un instante de promesa, un momento de esperanza, una fugaz belleza.¿Y cuál es la promesa de la flor y la de nuestra vida – qué espera la esperanza? … Continue reading

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Everything is metaphysical


If metaphysical entities cannot be verified to exist, how can we say anything meaningful about them?Alberto Martín, Studied Western philosophy at U of Toronto long time ago.Answered May 24, 2017 My position is that everything is metaphysical – cf. Is everything metaphysical? Quora /www.quora.com/search?q=everything+is+metaphysical … Continue reading

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Brahman & avidya


Why does Brahman/Ātman deceive itself with Māyā, avidyā, and anātman? Why doesn’t consciousness simply manifest (in humans) with Vidyā, with innate knowledge of its true self from the beginning? Life is like a riddle, or a play – it is … Continue reading

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Post navigation ← Previous Is the Eastern/Western distinction in philosophy useful and meaningful? It definitely is. By and large, Eastern philosophy differs from the Western-type in more than one respect. Firstly, its orientation is much more holistic, by which I mean … Continue reading

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Essence and Being


What is the essence of being? Speaking strictly from the tradition of the Indian Advaita Vedanta, being or existence, the supreme metaphysical principle, IS its own essence – there is no other essence or essences. The same can be said … Continue reading

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Why do we exist?


Why do we exist? Updated January 19 You could equally have asked: Why do stones, and trees… the earth, the universe exist? There is no answer to any of those questions (other than by the various theologies). Existence is, and is … Continue reading

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There was a young man who said…


What is the use of asserting that things exist “independent of human observation”?   There was a young man who said “God, To you, it must seem very odd That a tree as a tree Simply ceases to be When … Continue reading

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