21 Facts About Advaita Vedanta

1. Advaita Vedanta has had many teachers over the centuries in many teachers in different countries.

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2. Advaita Vedanta took over from the Madhyamika the idea of levels of reality.

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3. Advaita Vedanta is based on the inquiry into the sacred texts of the Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita and Brahma Sutras.

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4. Advaita Vedanta is, at least in the west, primarily known as a philosophical system.

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5. Advaita Vedanta existed prior to Shankara, but found its most influential expounder in Shankara.

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6. Advaita Vedanta refers to the identity of the true Self, Atman, which is pure consciousness, and the highest Reality, Brahman, which is pure consciousness.

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7. Advaita Vedanta is a sub-school of the Vedanta school of Vedic or Hindu philosophy and religious practice, giving "a unifying interpretation of the whole body of Upanishads".

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8. Advaita Vedanta is most often regarded as an idealist monism.

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9. Advaita Vedanta considers the notion of Brahman as pure knowledge and "the quintessence of positive reality.

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10. Advaita Vedanta holds the premise, "Soul exists, and Soul is a self evident truth".

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11. Advaita Vedanta influenced Krishna Vaishnavism in the different parts of India.

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12. Advaita Vedanta is not just a philosophical system, but a tradition of renunciation.

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13. Advaita Vedanta has gained attention in western spirituality and New Age, where various traditions are seen as driven by the same non-dual experience.

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14. Advaita Vedanta came to occupy a central position in the classification of various Hindu traditions.

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15. Advaita Vedanta travelled all over India to help restore the study of the Vedas.

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16. Advaita Vedanta authored Upadesasahasri, his most important original philosophical work.

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17. Advaita Vedanta was an unequalled commentator, due to whose efforts and contributions the Advaita Vedanta assumed a dominant position within Indian philosophy.

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18. Advaita Vedanta existed prior to Adi Shankara but found in him its most influential expounder.

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19. Advaita Vedanta establishes its truths, in part, from the oldest Principal Upanishads, the Brahma Sutras, the Bhagavad Gita and numerous other Hindu texts.

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20. Advaita Vedanta is one of the most studied and most influential schools of classical Indian thought.

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21. Advaita Vedanta is the oldest extant sub-school of Vedanta, which is one of the six orthodox Hindu philosophies (darsana).

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