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Ignorance of Advaita means involvement without any chance of escape. It sometimes gives pleasure, sometimes pain, and they come in turn. It creates worries and worries reduce the chance of future freedom from attachment.

If Advaita is accepted, involvement ceases. One watches everything as it is. The mind is not preoccupied with worries. One is free to change a situation without claim of result. One gets proper sleep and every day dawns with opportunity. Illusion is dissolved but the universal drama goes on to be watched in good health and vigour.

 Śrī Śāntānanda Sarasvatī

 

Advaita Philosophy

 

The philosophic enquiry and study in the School is directed towards the understanding of the unity which underlies everyone and everything. The philosophy is known as Advaita Philosophy (Advaita is a Sanskrit word which means “not two”). The essence of Advaita Philosophy is that in the ultimate analysis there is no difference between human consciousness and the universal creative consciousness and that practical realisation of this unity is possible through reason. Advaita Philosophy is the basis of the School’s principal and secondary aims.

RELIGION AND ADVAITA PHILOSOPHY

The question is often asked whether Advaita Philosophy is a religion. Advaita is a philosophy; it is not a religion; it does not have its own particular god or deity with a set of ceremonies or rituals directed towards such a god or deity. This tradition was not initiated by any particular authority, it never became a religion and therefore it has never engaged in conversion from any religion.

Advaita Philosophy offers the possibility of enriching one’s own tradition and therefore does not conflict with any particular faith or belief. The unifying and inclusive embrace of Advaita Philosophy is far removed from any behaviour of cults, or association with any religious practice in particular.


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