Advaita Vedanta - Nonduality
The Perennial Philosphy
Whether you believe the entire Universe emerged from a single indivisible sub-microscopic singularity exploding into existence and creating an ever-expanding Universe or that consciousness is the substratum of all existence, and it is from this unlimited and indivisible consciousness that the entire Universe arose; both theories agree that everything in Universe is connected.
In the depths of meditation, this unity of all things is perceived and appreciated. This recognition of this oneness is not unique to Hinduism and is present within contemplative or meditative sects in all major religions. For example, the Sufis, a sect within the Islamic faith or the Kabbalah within Judaism. There are a number of Christian Saints whose teachings were nondual in their understanding, but the content was ‘toned’ down, concessions made to a highly authoritative Church. The Catholic church all but abolished the contemplative traditions by the 16th Century.
The Advaita Vedanta name comes from Advaita, meaning not two or nondual and Vedanta which translates as the end of the Vedas, the sacred text of Hinduism.
Advaita Vedanta has always been taught as a philosophy and not a religion and categorically states that to find God, one does not and should not follow religious rituals and convention blindly. The philosophy is free from religious dogma and in its essential content is identical to every other nondual teaching from traditions around the world; that we are unique expressions of an indivisible, unlimited universal consciousness.
Rather than to consider it a religion, it would be more accurate to call Advaita Vedanta the science of consciousness and as such is regarded by many scholars as one of the greatest philosophies ever recorded in the history of mankind.
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