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Studies in Vedanta




Religious teachers like Swami Vivekananda have made the Vedanta the basis of a new and expansive Hinduism in contrast to the rigid system of caste and custom which it has come to mean in the eyes of the vast majority of those who go by the name of Hindus. [...] THE Indian Vedanta (Which term includes the Sankhya and the Yoga systems) had long before the beginning of the Christian era reached a stage of development which should have ere this received its due share of appreciation at the hands of European thinkers and the fact should have been long ago realised that it was one of the best systems if not the best which could be made the basis of a u [...] The appaently inconsistent utterances in the Upanishads the difficulty of understanding the terminology of the ancient writers and of following with patience the dialectics used by them the comparative indiffeence of European thinkers as a class to any thing that is Indian— all these have more or less contributed to make the Vedanta as unattractive as it is difficult. [...] It is only when the sense of individual and personal egohood (Ahankritih aTtTf.: ) has become completely extinct and the great truth Tat-twam-asi (that thou art) fully realised by self-experience that the true character of the Supreme Self the identity of the Idividual Self with that Self and the illusoriness of the world as a selsubsisting externality become intelligible and acquire a m [...] 11 This Atman (Brahma) is the totality of the Real and Unreal... The Unreal portion of it is that which is marked off by Avidyd [Syam atmd paramdrthdparamartharitpah.. tasya aparamarthrapam avidydkritam]." The very idea that Brahma is the Samavelyeel and Updeldna keiran a2 the inseparable and substantial cause of the Universe implies the idea of Becoming and an intimate and constant r


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