Accomplishing the Accomplished: The Vedas as a Source of Valid Knowledge in ?a?kara
Sankara's non-dualistic system of Advaita Vedanta has long been recognized as one of the greatest philosophical achievements of the Indian tradition. At the heart of Sankara's system is the articulation of the means by which a human understanding of ultimate reality can be attained.
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A Review of Current Interpretations of
The Ascertainment and Sources of Valid Knowledge
as a Pramāņa
The Nature of Brahmaj˝āna The Process
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accepted accomplished according action activity Advaita already anubhava argues argument ātman attainment attributes authoritative authority awareness become body brahmaj˝āna brahman cause clear cognition commentaries concept concerned conclusion considered contradiction creation definition dependent described desires dharma direct discussion distinction doubts entirely establish eternal example existence experience fact follows fruit function gained human Ibid idea identity immediate implied important independent Indian Indian Philosophy indicates individual inference injunctions inquiry instruction j˝āna kind known leads limited manana matter means means of knowledge mental method mind nature Nyāya object organs particular perception person Philosophy position possible pramāņa present problem produce purport qualities reality reasoning reference regard relation result revealed role Sankara says schools scriptures seen sense sentence significance source of knowledge śruti statements suggest teacher term texts thing tion true truth understanding universe Upanişads valid knowledge Vedānta Vedānta-vākyas Vedas Vedic