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The Life and Thought of Shankara-Advaita Vedanta pt. 2 of 2 Sources for the study of Advaita Vedanta 1. Vidhushekhara Bhattacharyya, the Agamasastra of Gaudapada 2. Eliot Deutsch and J.A.B Van Buiten, a source book of Advaita Vedanta 3. Surendranath Dasgupta, a history of Indian philosophy, Vol I call number: B 131 D37 4. Karl Potter (ED) Encyclopedia of Indian philosophies, Vol II call Number: B131E5 5. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Indian philosophy, Vol II II. B. Shankaras commentary on the Vedanta Sutra 1. Presuppositions a) Shankara had experience through Raja Yoga and intuitively realized (Jnana) the state of non-dual (Advaita) Brahman Nir-Guna-Brahman-Neti, Neti b) Shankara holds that other mystics have had mystical experiences of Jnana. Hence, the mystical utterances of the Upanishads (Vedanta) are cited as the final authority in matters of right knowledge (re-view Radhakrishnan + Moure pp356- 357) Pramanas-theory of knowledge. Therefore, Sabda-Verbal knowledge (Sruti-Vedas- Upanishads) is superior to: 1. Perception (senses) 2. Reason 3. Inference RK p.520 Shankara stresses this point: that Shabda (verbal knowledge; Shruti- heard ie. the Vedas-Upanishads) is the ultimate source of knowledge. Hence, Shankara quotes Shruti-Scripture: 1. Ch.UP.VI.ii.1 being (sat) only was in the beginning, one without a second (Advaita)
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