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 (vĭ-dän′tə, -dăn′-)
n. Hinduism
The system of philosophy that further develops the implications in the Upanishads that all reality is a single principle, Brahman, and teaches that the believer's goal is to transcend the limitations of self-identity and realize one's unity with Brahman.

[Sanskrit vedāntaḥ, complete knowledge of the Veda : Vedaḥ, Veda; see Veda + antaḥ, end; see ant- in Indo-European roots.]

Ve·dan′tic adj.
Ve·dan′tism n.
Ve·dan′tist n.


(vɪˈdɑːntə; -ˈdæn-)
(Hinduism) one of the six main philosophical schools of Hinduism, expounding the monism regarded as implicit in the Veda in accordance with the doctrines of the Upanishads. It teaches that only Brahman has reality, while the whole phenomenal world is the outcome of illusion (maya)
[C19: from Sanskrit, from Veda + ánta end]
Veˈdantic adj
Veˈdantism n
Veˈdantist n


(vɪˈdɑn tə, -ˈdæn-)

the chief Hindu philosophy, dealing mainly with the Upanishadic doctrine of the identity of Brahman and Atman.
[< Skt, =veda Veda + anta end]
Ve•dan′tic, adj.
Ve•dan′tism, n.
Ve•dan′tist, n.
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Noun1.Vedanta - (from the Sanskrit for `end of the Veda') one of six orthodox philosophical systems or viewpoints rooted in the Upanishads as opposed to Mimamsa which relies on the Vedas and Brahmanas
Hindooism, Hinduism - a body of religious and philosophical beliefs and cultural practices native to India and based on a caste system; it is characterized by a belief in reincarnation, by a belief in a supreme being of many forms and natures, by the view that opposing theories are aspects of one eternal truth, and by a desire for liberation from earthly evils
Sanskrit, Sanskritic language - (Hinduism) an ancient language of India (the language of the Vedas and of Hinduism); an official language of India although it is now used only for religious purposes
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11) Similarly, in Advaita Vedantic universalism worldly alterities are imagined as fictitious; they are illusions (Gaya) that must be recognized as such, dissolved into monism in order to recognize the ultimate sameness and equality of all phenomena.
While dualism (self/ other, spiritual/material, wave/particle) is still held to be the basis of reality by most people, meditators and quantum scientists are coming into agreement that advaita, the Sanskrit word for nonduality, is the reality that lies hidden behind what appears to our senses.
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Moving on to the definition of human nature, Haney links Plato with Eastern thought in terms of the unique transcendental experience of "no-mind" in Zen and of Atman or pure consciousness in Advaita Vedanta.
This, indeed, is the bias that oozes out of the Examination, when Muir implies that India would never rise higher on the ladder of nations without renouncing world-renunciation, which is not only detrimental to its economic development but also religiously untrue (as in the monistic maxim of Advaita Vedanta, "I am Brahman," aham brahmasmi, which identifies the individual self with Brahman, the ground of being).
I discussed the dominant system of Vedanta, the Advaita Vedanta of Samkara, in the following chapter.
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