Saturday, April 12, 2014

Advaita Apostasy


"Be leery of silence. It doesn't mean you won the argument. Often, people are just busy reloading their guns."    Shannon L. Alder


I've been thinking about writing this for quite some time - months, if not years, and have even made a couple of false starts.  So, I'll do what I usually  do, which is just start writing and see what happens. It's also, in part, why I haven't written much of late, as I've been somewhat torn as to what I want to say.

First, to describe the terms of the title: Advaita, of course, means non-dual, and specifically usually refers to the philosophy of Shankaracharya's Kevala Advaita or Absolute Non-Duality, which essentially states that everything is one non-differentiated Absolute and all apparent differentiation is an illusion.  Thus, you have loads of people running around saying things like, "what does it matter?  It's all an illusion."