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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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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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Science & reality


Empirical science vs. metaphysics.

Truth or Reality is transcendental. Continue reading

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Sastras (Scriptures)


Only intuition and the sastras (scriptures) can afford knowledge of Reaity Continue reading

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Two answers in Quora: 1)Consciousness; 2)The spiritual path


https://www.quora.com/What-do-you-consider-the-most-apt-definition-of-consciousness/answer/Alberto-Mart%C3%ADn-2?__nsrc__=4&__snid3__=3630072118  (been repeated here? – 98 upvotes) re  consciousness   https://www.quora.com/How-can-the-heart-soul-be-unhardened/answer/Alberto-Mart%C3%ADn-2  (spiritual path only way)  

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Advaita Vedanta – l


Advaita Vedanta can be called a mystical path, a spirituality, science of reality, or a combination of both (which I prefer). It can be called nonduality or ‘Monism’ (preferably the first): monism because it takes reality as being One (“without … Continue reading

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Does Consciousness exist or have our brains tricked us?


(www.quora.com/If-metaphysical-entities-cannot-be-verified-to-exist-how-can-we-say-anything-meaningful-about-them/answer/Alberto-Mart%C3%ADn-2?__nsrc__=4&__snid3__=1081586124) http://www.quora.com/Does-consciousness-exist-or-have-our-brains-tricked-us Paul Bush, PhD computational neuroscience. Nonmaterialist. Answered Mar 15, 2016   Find out for yourself. It’s not difficult, just takes persistence. First: The theory that consciousness is an illusion comes from neuroscientists who have shown that the contents … Continue reading

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Empirical science vs metaphysics or spirituality


  Positivism vs. Spirituality What are some really ‘deep’ thoughts? http://www.quora.com/What-are-some-really-deep-thoughts . The truth is the whole (Hegel) .Consciousness is the whole of reality (advaita). . Causation, space, and time are unreal (advaita). . The microcosm is a reflection of … Continue reading

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Conceptual vs. experiential


“Self or consciousness does not make the passage to the other shore or cross over. Rather, the crossing is the body and senses acclimating to life without any experience of self or consciousness and all that it implies.” Bernadette Roberts … Continue reading

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