advaita vedanta explained

e.g. Brahman alone is reality. He meditated till the extreme, but when he left everything, even the desire for moksha, he was enlightened. Ananda is the pleasantness and bliss that exists within Atma. Three Levels of truths are - vyavahArika satya, prAtibhAsika satya and pAramArthika satya. 1 88 magnificent and astonishing pages. Upon enquiring and diving deep within, suddenly the 'I' melts into the source of question 'Who am I' and another 'I-I' spontaneously reveals itself. But mithyA is in-between. 6. With the purpose of explaining what īśvara-caitanya is, Brahman may be called the ultimate cause of the universe because, due to maya, the world-appearance is superimposed upon it. It ends in non-dual experience, which is called as para-Bhairava state. In the same way when you say that 'Hi, I am Amrut', you use to word 'I' and not 'this'. Advaita Vedanta is a Sanksrit name for the philosophy of non-duality. Light has nature of giving knowledge. This statement is being said from Atma-Sthiti (state of Jnana) and not from Practical Standpoint. Advaita heavily depends upon these pre-requisites and asks one to develop them. Advaita requires 4 qualities, which are considered pre-requisites, since vedanta belongs to the 4th ashram. Applying mithyA does not mean not doing any activity, but to minimize activities of sustaining our body i.e. of nature of light). Both Suddha mAyA and avidyA mAyA are called as upAdhi-s. This world and hence jiva is real and a part of prakruti, In all these claims / theories / assumptions / beliefs, it can be noted that, 1. Brahman is eternal. Brahman due to it's mAyA (माया) appears as this world. of madhyAma adhikAri. 4. This behaviour has to be dropped. There are many mahAvAkya-s. The imperishable Brahman is very hard to reach for those who are attached to their bodies. In other words vedAta asks one to renounce external activities and kAmya karma (action with expectation of fruits). Hence, we can say that, jIva tries to avoid dukha (. copy cat behaviour - to follow what others (a-jnanis) do. Self i.e. There is nothing wrong to desire for happiness. He instantly became enlightened as, unlike Arjuna, he listened and digested Guru's teachings without any doubt and with full faith. Hence vairAgya is viveka-yukta vairAgya (विवेक युक्त वैराग्य, dispassion resulting from power of discrimination). Arise, awake from the slumber of Avidya, ignorance; Realize that Atman having approached the exalted teachers; the path is indeed difficult to cross and hard to tread,like the sharp edge of a razor. indivisible, undivided, peaceful, immutable, infinite, subtlest and omnipresent. Such a bound soul is called Jiva-atman (जीवात्मा) or simply Jiva (जीव). 2.9 This knowledge is not attainable by logical reasoning / (Self) Enquiry. Maya vanished without any trace and without any delay. Upon careful study of Gita and Upanishads, it can be understood that brahman is beyond guNa-s (गुणातीत). Since mAyA has no independent existence, but a relative existence, hence it has to be defined in relation with something else, be it Brahman, Ishvara (Saguna Brahman) or this world. If we remove Suddha mAyA from Ishvara, what remains is Brahman. The major metaphysical concepts in Advaita Vedānta tradition, such as māyā, mithya (error in judgment),vivarta (illusion/whirlpool), have been subjected to a variety of interpretations. Jiva was never separated from Brahman as Brahman is indivisible. Hindi Translation by Swami Ramsukhdasji Maharaj: बुद्धिहीन मनुष्य मेरे सर्वश्रेष्ठ अविनाशी परमभावको न जानते हुए अव्यक्त (मन-इन्द्रियोंसे पर) मुझ सच्चिदानन्दघन परमात्माको मनुष्यकी तरह ही शरीर धारण करनेवाला मानते हैं ।।7.24।।, There are two types of bhakti-s. Vedanta, literally translating:  Ved= 4 Vedas (Rigveda, Yajurveda, Samaveda, and Atharvaveda) and Anta = end of or pinnacle of. The valuation of 'diamond being a pricey possession' and adding a bhAva of acquiring it is the creation of jIva and not Ishvara. With Respect to Ishvara, mAyA is it's illusionary power (शक्ति, shakti). Caterpillar The word 'Advaita' ( अद्वैत ) means non-duality. One also needs to MEditate on Brahman via OM. 4. jiva is real adn ternal. The viveka of nitya -anitya is given by Shri Adi Shankaracharya out of compassion for sAdhaka-s who cannot digest the truth that this world is an illusion. Both should go hand in hand. It should be noted that Atman is not light, but of nature of light in a sense that both light and Atman has nature of giving. Snake was where ever there was rope, but not beyond it. . To a Jnani, There is no difference in the state of Jivan Mukti and Videha Mukti. If one says that 'I am experiencing peace' then one is defining Brahman which is beyond 5 senses. O! Hence we can say that, Sun (Brahman) is veiled by ignorance (clouds). Hence in Gita it is advised to do karma with the spirit of detachment. Sri Ramana Maharshi in Sri Ramana Gita Chapter 7 says: Svetasvatara Upanishad says that same thing (6.23) -, This verse is connected with 7:19, which is explained in the section " 'I' or 'Me' can be taken as 'Brahman' ". Then a question arises, 'Who Am I'. (ekam Sat - Rig Veda 1.164.46). 'I' atma when associates with jiva gets trapped into this samsAra (संसार), when it associates itself with Brahman (ब्रह्म) it merges into brahman (ब्रह्म) loosing it's individual identity. Only dispassion or only meditation will not help one to progress in spirituality. But upon realization, we say that Brahman is never deluded. Guru: There are ten Pranas five Mukhya or chief Pranas, viz., Prana, Apana, Vyana, Udana and Samana, and five Upapranas or sub-Pranas viz., Naga, Kurma, Krikara, Devadatta and Dhananjaya. In other words, existence of mAyA (माया), jiva (जीव) and jagat (जगत) are negated in nirvikalpa samAdhi  (निर्विकल्प समाधि). It takes time and so one has to regularly meditate upon supreme brahman, or on OM and learn to withdraw the senses back from worldly objects like tortoise withdraws it's limbs. The most famous Hindu philosopher who taught about Advaita Vedanta was Adi Shankara who lived in India more than a thousand years ago. Many people ask to define mAyA. one clearly sees this world and does not see Brahman. result of karma to God. Followers of advaita practice meditation on Aum / Om or practice Self Enquiry as prescribed by Sri Ramana Maharshi. anitya means of destructive nature. Perhaps if Brahman really got deluded, it will break basic tenets of Advaita which says Brahman is the only Truth and is unchanging, immutable, undivided, formless ultimate reality. Brahma-bhAvanA (ब्रह्म भावना) means substitute worldly thoughts with thoughts about Brahman. Up. Advaita considers all forms of saguNa Brahman i.e. Sankara - Atma Bodha - An English translation, the romanized Sanskrit text, word for word meanings from the Monier Williams Sanskrit Dictionary, an introduction and analysis. - learning shastras is only done for getting clarity and direction. This should be understood as the correct SAstra (शास्त्र). It is not Ishvara's creation. 13. There is no abhAva or absence of pAramArthika satya. Later on, the introvert mind is focused on chanting mantra OM and is asked to surrender to Brahman. Press Esc to cancel. In the same way if I am the one who is experiencing myself as Jiva, then the witness of Jiva-bhava (जीवभाव) is the one who is 'I' and not the Jiva itself. AshTAvakra Gita talks about this vAda. Hence Atman is called as Jnana-svarupa (, of nature of giving knowledge). Knowledge of one's true nature is called as 'vidyA (. To add to it importance of Brahman is also given. To encourage a disciple or devotee in any one of the marg - karma or bhakti, their glories are sung, so that mind accepts it easily and devotee practices it wholeheartedly. Doing dosha darshan (दोष दर्शन) in world, it's objects and person (fault finding in worldly objects), 2. In this sense, advaita and truely the only school which supports the truth proclaimed by vedas i.e. Brahman is Paramarthika Satyam, "Absolute Truth", and Up (5.9) and Shiva Gita (chapter 10), while when one meditates and does neti neti (नेति-नेति), one also detaches from jiva bhAva (जीव भाव). In this way, one does dosha darshan. The answer is that just like the pouncing dream-tiger results in our waking up, unreal removal of ignorance can give real knowledge and take us beyond the realms of ignorance. I do not know english name) constantly thinks of bhamri that it will anger), which further creates negative emotions in us. This witness is nothing but consciousness and it is experienced to be infinite and not as a point of light within a specific physical location e.g. The feeling of me, my family, my friends, my life, my objects, these kinds of material thoughts creates an illusion in the mind in the attainment of self. ; Advaita and Quantum Physics: A discussion on the relevance of Advaita in Quantum Physics. True nature has to be realized. i.e. Brahman is beyond words. Brahman is the only reality i.e. Jiva is defined as the one who enjoys / suffers fruits of karma (कर्मफल) and experiences joy, sorrow by associating with mind, experiencing individuality by associating with ego (अहंकार, ahamkAra) and experience pain by associating with physical body. So For there there is an, Advaita begins with dvaita and assumes or say presumes that 'I' is wrongly taken for granted as 'body' or 'Jiva'. Hence Advaita is said to be pUrNa vedic dharma or pUrNa vedic sampradAya. Many spiritual masters and gurus have interpreted Upanishads in different forms across the infinite span of time. Brahman is real, indivisible and unchanging. As one progresses, one becomes aware of one-ness of Atman and Brahman. According to Swami ji, this method is consistent and is found in Upanishads, Gita and Brahma Sutra. By associating with the attributes or in other words dharma of 5 sheaths (कोश, kosha-s), mind, intellect, and ego it assumes that it is 'I' who is experiencing. and moha (मोह, attachment) thereby making is certain for rebirth and getting trapped in the cycle of birth and death. 10. It is a philosophical and spiritual tradition of self-exploration and self-discovery. Brahman when working through mAyA (माया), it's illusionary power, is called as saguNa brahman (सगुण ब्रह्म) or Ishwara (ईश्वर). The Basic Concepts of Advaita Vedanta. The question can arise - How can mithyA ignorance i.e. Here people wrongly interpret  the word nirguNa (attributeless) as sunya (zero) or void or blank. One is said to have, another mahAvAkya - 'sarvam khalu-idam brahma' (सर्वं खलु इदं ब्रह्म) meaning 'Everything else is (also) Brahman', Without mind, there is no ego, without ego, there is no mind. As earlier said, since all sAdhaka-s are in duality and see and experience this world, hence our AcArya has said that our shastra-s explain us two levels of truth. Moksha is generally defined as freedom from the cycle of birth and death. sorrow, trouble) and searches for everlasting happiness. It is of easy comprehension only when instructed by another. bheda shruti, as the name suggests talks of jiva and Brahman or ishwara as different. In this episode of Enlightenment Today we will explore Advaita Vedanta (nondualism). If the prakruti is emotional, then better continue sAkAra upasanA, as emotional characters can progress faster in sAkAra upAsanA then in nirAkAra upAsanA no matter how much intelligent they are, a person lives by mind and not by intellect. not+different = non-different or non-dual. Advaita Vedanta as Explained by Adi Shankara Sunday, February 28, 2010. Ishwara does not depend upon anything 'Else' for creation of universe, It is said that this world or universe was created from the mind of Lord Brahman by his kalpanA (thought or imagination), ajAta refer v268-272 and 273-276. verse 268 says It says, vAsanAtAnava.m tat muktim meaning, renunciation of vAsanA (desires) is liberation. Sri Ramakrishna says a Jnani is like a wooden log upon which 2-3 people can hold on to an cross ocean of samsAra, but an avatAra is like a big raft upon which many many people can sit and cross ocean of samsAra. 20. ajaata vaada talks from the graveyard of karma and duality. Forgetting one's true nature was due to avidyA (, )'. ), These 4 mahavakyas talk about the unity and oneness of Atman, Jiva, and Brahman (, ). From the standpoint of reality i.e. Empty means nothing more remains to be negated. It is the association of jIva with a sense of belonging, 'I' and 'mine' which creates rAga (, rejection) and desire to acquire them or to avoid them. Brahman (ब्रह्म) is real, the universe is mithya (मिथ्या), it cannot be categorized as Relations with persons are very subjective and subject to change from time to time and hence not stable, 8. The classical Advaita philosophy of Śaṅkara recognizes a unity in multiplicity, identity between individual and pure consciousness, and the experienced world as having no existence apart from Brahman. According to Advaita Vedānta, Brahman is the highest Reality, That which is unborn and unchanging, and "not sublatable", and cannot be superseded by a still higher reality. Atma Bodh (आत्म बोध्), aparokshAnubhuti (अपरोक्षानुभुति) is also very useful. 6.22 If thou art unable to hold the mind steady on the Brahman, then perform all actions without caring for the results, giving them up unto me. It is concluded from tarka (तर्क, logical reasoning) that, 2. Finally it becomes bhamri. In this series of videos, I’d like to share with you some insights about the teachings of Advaita Vedanta. Advaita Vedanta refers to the non-dualistic school of Hindu philosophy, which is derived mostly from the Upanishads and elaborated in detail by eminent scholars like Gaudapada and Sri Adishankaracharya. everything else is also Brahman, which means that which world is not different from Brahman, अव्यक्ता हि गतिर्दुःखं देहवद्भिरवाप्यते।।12.5।।. Shri Nithin Sridhar has explained two karma-s, VairAgya and doSa-darshan (वैराग्य - दोष दर्शन, Dispassion and fault finding), Aham 'I' and AhamkAra 'I-ness', 'I am Doer', 'Ego', Relation between Jiva, Ishvara and Brahman, arise in the buddhi and mind of jIva and hence the relations are called as jIva SrUShTI (. ) by thinking of brahman, one becomes brahman. Snake rested on Rope. Partial Answer (for one Mahavakya Tat Tvam Asi) Note: I recommend going through overview of the similarity and difference between Vedanta philosophies. This one is I, You and Them. --> In reality, rope never existed. Because it is just a mental projection, a false perception due to illusion of mAyA (माया). i.e. Dvaita means duality, and Advaita means nonduality. decide our future birth and only when the decision is made new body Karmas are relative actions in duality from the body and mind, whereas you are not that thinking self, which only comprises of what you are. Such a State is called as Jivan Mukti. So they have to end or cease to exist in the pure state of nirguNa Brahman. Perceiving duality (द्वैत) is due to error in perception. c. Uprati – Saturation point (control over mins and saturation brings the saturation of slinging or attachment in any worldly attachment), d. Titiskha – To stay neutral in favourable and unfavourable circumstances. is an insect which bhamari catches and cages inside mud with holes to Vedanta is the way of life, more specifically the spiritual life. Yet we experienced Sun getting veiled. There are four texts in the Vedas, which are individually known as Rig, Yajur, Sama and Atharva Veda. Shruti-s describe Brahman in number of verses. relative reality, mAyA is real. For the ones whose mind is still impure, and Guru thinks he will not be able to absorb tatva Jnana, mental purification is advised. A video presentation by Swami Tadatmananda Saraswati, Arsha Bodha Center, United States (Tapescript) Welcome! vAda: Moksha - a mahabranti (great illusion). Brahma-bhAvanA (ब्रह्म भावना)- Keep mind occupied with thoughts of Brahman. According to Advaita, Jiva (जीव) and Shiva (शिव, brahman, ब्रह्म ) are not different. Some Shaiva Agama-s like Rudra Yamala Tantra are Tantric in nature. Each shAkhA-s have their own upanishads. Vivek Chudamani (224 - 226) says that without atma-jnana i.e. It is jIva that added bhAva like daughter, sister, wife, etc to it and associated with it. Bheda means difference. After the clouds move on or are removed from our vision, Sun appears again and we can say that Sun (brahman) is found again. Shruti says Brahman is absolute truth. On some interpretations, Advaita Vedānta appears as a nihilistic philosophy that denounces the matters of the liv… anitya means the one which is destroyed or transformed into something else. Advaita symbolizes the highest point of the spiritual manifestation one can attend. Hence Advaita asks us to find this 'I'. Though it is unreal, it appears to be real. In other sense, the residue after destruction of an object (cloth) remains. The path is difficult because the aspirant has to give up attachment to the body from the very beginning of his spiritual practice.The embodied: Those who identify themselves with their bodies. Both Ishwara and Jiva have upAdhi-s (उपाधि). Bodh means Jnana and not void or zero state. Technically Jiva (जीव) is not different than Shiva (Brahman, शिव, ब्रह्म). One is free from jiva bhAva (जीवभाव) when one dis-associates itself or 'I' from 5 senses, 5 bodies (कोश, sheaths or kosha-s), mind, intellect and ego. To go beyond duality. What mind attaches to and what Intellect gives a meaning and what Ego says 'this is mine' or 'she is my ...' is the cause of bondage. To make him quit this last desire questions are asked to sAdhAka: If I am Sat-Chit-Ananda then I do not need to sit in meditation and then establish myself in samadhi. Realizing our true nature will result in freedom from cycle of birth and death. But one can only be aware of anything if one is conscious of it. While the term "nondualism" is derived from Advaita Vedanta, descriptions of nondual consciousness can be found within Hinduism (Turiya, sahaja), Buddhism (emptiness, pariniá¹£panna, nature of mind, rigpa), Sufism (Wahdat al Wujud, Fanaa, and Haqiqah) and western Christian and neo-Platonic traditions (henosis, mystical union). Similarly, Brahman getting deluded, theories of creation, etc are valid only from empirical POV, when one is under ignorance. The intensity of life is experienced based on the chit. It can be concluded that the attachment of body and the feeling that 'I' am body is the one that produces bondage. Ishwara (SaguNa Brahman, सगुण ब्रह्म) is not different than Brahman (ब्रह्म) and is not under the spell of mAyA (माया) i.e. For the ones whose time has come to practice advaita i.e. We use the word negation and not destruction. His commentaries to the unifying interpret… anitya (अनित्य)‌means one which is not SASvat (शाश्वत), meaning one which is not eternal or permanent. Adi Shankaracharya beautifully explains it; Ignorance and Maya (illusion). After negation of what is 'not this' Neti-Neti (नेति-. Vedanta is one of the six schools of Hindu philosophy based on the Upanishads. Guru is considered as the living power of, AnumAna = Inference --> important pramANa of NyAya, Sabda = Verbal testimony, the pronouncements of the Vedas and the words of great men, arthapatti = presumption or indirect assumption, anupalabdhi = by which we come to know a non-existent object (non-apprehension). The real art is to rise above the mind by taking the help of (viveki) mind. 3. mAyA is dependent upon Ishwara and is eternal. Although the preponderance of texts by Advaita scholars has in the West given rise to the erroneous impression that Vedanta means Advaita, the non-dualistic Advaita is but one of many Vedanta schools. Generally people tend to run behind worldly objects. In advaita, vairAgya (वैराग्य, renunciation) i.e. In other words, there is no 'drashya padArtha' (. Hence dis-association is advised. Advaita way is to dis-associate with discriminative knowledge and by generating dispassion in the worldly activities. It was rediscovered by Revered Swami Sacchidanandendra Saraswati. This 3,000-year-old tradition still presents clear, proven and useful guidance for living an effective and fulfilling life. 'Intelligent' from spiritual POV means subtle intellect that understands and grasps non-dual concepts or ultimate truth. visible object or object of observation). Detachment is to be done with fruits of karma i.e. Hence it is said that sarvam khalu-idam Brahman (सर्वं खलु इदं ब्रह्म) - whatever. Kindly note that in this process, observer is not negated, hence only the observer remains. ; Is Advaita falsifiable: all strong theories need to be falsifiable, otherwise they would be considered too vague. His life is not easy to chart, to say the least, despite conventional depictions that do not question details. Only pure consciousness exists. To describe something, one needs to experience it separately. Maya did not last for ever. After mukti or moksha, the body does not fall and a person returns to this world to experience that all Else i verily Brahman. Sometimes to lift sat, sometimes to lift chit sometimes to lift Ananda. 16. Nirguna Brahman is neutral. There is no contradiction in both explanation. Please note that here, the word mithYa (मिथ्या) is not used. They cannot imprat brahma-jnana. We have to surrender to the words of Guru and to the Guru himself. f. Samadhan – To stay focused on the practice (one-pointedness like that of tiger). What is Advaita Vedanta? One person likes it's possession i.e. a-jAta (अजात) means a-janma (अजन्मा). 28. There are 4 different vAda-s - Arambha vAda, pariNAma vAda, vivartha vAda and ajAta vAda. Withdrawing senses means to neglect or be unconcerned about the presence of objects. Advaita asks us to find out the root cause of all the suffering. Hence this falls in the category of mithyA. During sleep, mind creates another world. Advaita Vedanta is important because by understanding it, you may be able to come closer to self-realization. All I can say is that finally even this desire moksha has to be renounced. The word Aham 'I' is often confused. It can also mean temporary existence. sAdhaka enters into samadhi without making any effort spontaneously (sahaj). One of the reasons for the creation of this blog is to answer one of my own questions: Who is a Saint? Advaita concerns itself with the correct understanding, knowledge, and interpretation of the sacred texts, together with direct personal experience. Now nothing that can be seen is left. As the sun doesn’t get affected in any way whatsoever it shines upon, likewise the consciousness that light upon the activities of the mind does not truly affect the activities of Vritti that it illumines. Atman is defined in Tatva Bodh as Sat-Chit-Ananda. An avatAra can give moksha to many more people as compared to a Jnani. This process is called as making the mind introvert. Even highly intelligent people have problems with co-workers and even their life partners. Advaita Vedanta looks at death from 3 angles: as death of the gross body, death of the subtle body and no-death. e.g. Hence technically there are 1180 upanishads. Never was the time when Sun never stopped shining. 14. mAyA (माया) does not have independent existence. is some 16 legs. II-iii-1 and II-iii-6 explains. The teacher must be a skilful one and the pupil should be sharp in grasp. Other philosophies like Vaishnava mata  and Shaiva mata have blended Agama-s, which are associated with Temple worship. Bhagavan in Gita says, 'all vAsanA-s (वासना) are in our mind (सर्वान्‌ पार्थो मनोगताम्‌ , sarvAn pArtho manogatAm). Vedanta is the way of life, more specifically the spiritual life. Maya is the thought process which makes individual to stick with the Iness. 17. Some of them call it meditation on the absolute Brahman. Advaita transcends a religious framework. Such a person is called as Jivan-mukta which roughly means to be free while residing in body. Brahman. There are three types of adhikAri-s (अधिकारी) i.e. It is time to move ahead, deep within ourselves, diverting our attention from external world and realize our true nature. Earlier it was explained that one needs wings to fly. It belongs to the forth Ashrama - sanyAsa Ashram. It is ananda svarupa (आनंद स्वरूप), but you are not different to experience it. Whether you accept it or not, you are under the influence of maya. The knower of Brahman is none other than Brahman itself. By the word TAntrika, we at once are reminded of black magic, voodoo, sex, etc. This jiva and Brahman are one, Atman, often translated as Self, and 'I' is considered as infinite, and not different from Brahman. Kashmir Shaiva, as taught by Swami Laxmanjoo is opwn to all irrespective of caste and gender. Vivek Chudamani says that there there re three types of desires (vAsanA-s), loka vAsanA (लोक वासना) - desire follow what others (a-jnani) do, SAStra vAsanA (शास्त्र वासना) - desire to learn more and more SaStra (scriptures). Here consumed can be taken as fulfilled. A better word is Brahman is peace. To explain these concepts, Adi Shankara out of compassion created prakaraNa grantha-s (प्रकरण ग्रन्थ्). is a platform for academics to share research papers. But detachment does not happen in a day. Kindly note that only dispassion is not enough for progress. 2.7 It is not possible for many to hear about it (Brahman) and even having heard many do not understand. Advaita Vedanta was the main focus of Shankara’s teachings and is used by the Chopra Center. Arjuna (अर्जुन) is an e.g. vedAnta asks one to dive deep within. Adi Sankara says this world is relatively real (vyavahArika satya). What is Advaita Vedanta? sAdhaka (साधक, disciple, seeker) begins with duality, as one is in duality, later on finds relation with Supreme Brahman and finally ends up being Supreme Brahman. Only Brahman is the real 'I', the complete 'I' . It is said that in Jnana driSTi (ज्ञान दृष्टि) i.e. Advaita does not end with Brahma satya, jagat mithyA. Khandan is done from positive standpoint, so that sadhaka can rise above dvaita. 3. lokeShNA: expectation from people to give you respect. So what's the difference between anitya and mithyA? Hence Jiva bhAva (जीव भाव) is only for intermediate seekers. We will see how basic concepts of Advaita comply the description or definition of Brahman as given in Shruti-s, Brahman is the only reality (Satya). The consciousness is utterly untouched by any kind of suffering or the worldly misery. It is not concerned with by-hearting and photographic memory, though they can be an asset for the one who is destined to be an AchArya. One has to rise above mAyA and go beyond it to realize true nature of Self i.e. Ishvara SrUShTI does not cause bondage. It is not true from absolute reality (pArmArthika satya). These type of adhikAri-s are very rare. Hence the word non-dual is used to indicate that there is no duality of observer (दृष्टा, witness) and object of observation (दृश्य). is given by Sri Swami Chandrashekhar Bharati, late ShankarAcharya of Sringeri Sharada Peetha. There is no other way than being taught by one of unparalleled ability and it transcends all arguments and is subtlest of subtle.,, To observe, witness, experience or see anything one has to be conscious of it. 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