What is Advaita Vedanta?

Advaita Vedanta is a philosophical and spiritual tradition that originated in ancient India and is widely regarded as one of the most influential and profound philosophical systems in the world. Advaita Vedanta is often referred to simply as “Advaita,” which means “non-dual” in Sanskrit, and it emphasizes the unity and oneness of all things.

At its core, Advaita Vedanta teaches that there is only one ultimate reality, called Brahman, which is infinite, eternal, and unchanging. This reality is the source and foundation of all existence, and everything in the universe is ultimately an expression or manifestation of Brahman.

Advaita Vedanta also teaches that the true nature of the individual self, or Atman, is identical to Brahman. This means that every individual is fundamentally divine and that the true nature of the self is not limited by the body, mind, or ego.

The goal of Advaita Vedanta is to realize this fundamental unity and oneness through the practice of spiritual disciplines, such as meditation, self-inquiry, and devotion. By transcending the limitations of the ego and realizing the true nature of the self as identical to Brahman, one can experience a state of profound peace, bliss, and freedom from suffering.

Advaita Vedanta has had a profound influence on many spiritual traditions around the world, and it continues to inspire seekers of truth and wisdom to this day. Its emphasis on the unity of all things and the ultimate nature of reality as non-dual has led many to consider it a particularly profound and insightful philosophical system. Whether one is a seeker of spiritual truth or simply interested in exploring the nature of reality and consciousness, Advaita Vedanta offers a rich and fascinating perspective on the nature of existence and the human experience.

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