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What is Vedanta theory?
Vedanta is a philosophy taught by the Vedas, the most ancient scriptures of India. Its basic teaching is that our real nature is divine. God, the underlying reality, exists in every being. Religion is therefore a search for self-knowledge, a search for the God within.
What is life according to Vedanta?
Vedanta and Ayurveda proclaim that Spirit and Matter are two distinct categories of reality. Besides the physical characteristics encoded by the genetic material, there is a spiritual element of life (soul or Atman) in every living being. Our consciousness and free will are the properties of Spirit.
What is the aim of life in Vedanta philosophy?
According to Hinduism, the meaning (purpose) of life is four-fold: to achieve Dharma, Artha, Kama, and Moksha. The first, dharma, means to act virtuously and righteously. That is, it means to act morally and ethically throughout one’s life.
What is nature of reality according to Vedanta teaching?
The Vedanta system is supposed to be an acosmic pantheism, holding that the Absolute called Brahman alone is real and the finite mani- festations are illusory. There is one absolute undiffer- entiated reality, the nature of which is constituted by knowledge.
What is Vedanta about God?
Yet Vedanta also maintains that God can be personal as well, assuming human form in every age. Most importantly, God dwells within our own hearts as the divine Self or Atman.
What is the difference between Maya and Vedanta?
Maya can only be known by its influence. Through the influence of Maya, Brahman remains unchanged but appears as the manifest world. Vedanta also describes the grosser levels of Maya known as Avidya or ignorance of the True Self (Atman).
What is the meaning of Veda and Anta?
In Vedanta, Veda means knowledge and anta means last, final, conclusion. Simply put, Vedanta refers to the ultimate knowledge. For example, Upanishads, which form the final section of the Vedas, come under Vedanta. To understand sin in Vedanta, we need to first understand what an ego is.
What is avidya in vedantaism?
Vedanta also describes the grosser levels of Maya known as Avidya or ignorance of the True Self (Atman). Through the effect of Maya, Brahman is seen as Ishwara, the personal God (creator); and through the effect of ignorance, Atman appears as Jiva or the individual soul.