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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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 contradicted 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 Philosophy indicates individual inference injunctions inquiry instruction j˝āna kind known leads limited manana matter means means of knowledge mental method mind mokṣa nature object organs particular perception person position possible pramāṇa pramāņas present problem produce purport qualities reality reasoning reference regard relation result revealed role Sankara says schools scriptures seen sense sentence significance source of knowledge śravana śruti statements suggest teacher term texts thing tion traditional true truth understanding University Upanisads valid knowledge Vedānta Vedas Vedic