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What is Advaita Vedanta?

Advaita Vedanta is a school of philosophy in Hinduism that emphasizes the non-dual nature of reality and the unity of the individual soul (Atman) with the universal consciousness (Brahman).

Who founded Advaita Vedanta?

Adi Shankaracharya is considered the founder of Advaita Vedanta, as he revitalized the philosophy in the 8th century CE and wrote commentaries on the Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, and Brahmasutras.

What are the key texts of Advaita Vedanta?

The Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, and Brahmasutras are considered the three main texts of Advaita Vedanta, along with the writings of Shankaracharya and other Advaita Vedanta teachers.

How does Advaita Vedanta differ from other schools of Hinduism?

Advaita Vedanta emphasizes the non-dual nature of reality, whereas other schools may emphasize the dualistic relationship between the individual soul and the divine or the importance of devotional practices.

What is the ultimate goal of Advaita Vedanta?

The ultimate goal of Advaita Vedanta is self-realization or the realization of one’s true nature as the non-dual Atman/Brahman, which leads to liberation (moksha) from the cycle of birth and death.

How is Advaita Vedanta practiced?

Advaita Vedanta is primarily a philosophical and contemplative tradition, and practices include study of sacred texts, meditation, and self-inquiry to realize one’s true nature.

Can one practice Advaita Vedanta outside of Hinduism?

Yes, the principles of Advaita Vedanta can be applied to any spiritual or philosophical path that seeks to realize the non-dual nature of reality and the unity of all beings.

Are there any Advaita Vedanta teachers alive today?

Yes, there are many Advaita Vedanta teachers and organizations around the world, including in India, the United States, and Europe.

Is Advaita Vedanta compatible with modern science?

Advaita Vedanta does not conflict with modern science, as it does not make claims about the physical nature of reality, but rather the nature of consciousness and ultimate reality.

How can I learn more about Advaita Vedanta?

You can learn more about Advaita Vedanta by studying the sacred texts and writings of Advaita Vedanta teachers, attending lectures or retreats, and engaging in self-inquiry and meditation practices. There are also online resources and communities dedicated to Advaita Vedanta.