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The Theory of Non-Duality
The theory of non-duality is an understanding of the nature of Reality and how we and the world relate to that.
The foundation of the non-dual teaching is that there is not more than one reality.
This seems logically clear and simple, yet the implications are far reaching.
It follows that reality is a non-dual whole, and that this is the reality in us, our own true Self.
So how does a world of diversity and change arise from oneness? And why do we think ourselves to be separate and vulnerable and feel that reality is unknown to us?
These are the questions addressed by the theory of non-duality.
The non-dual view is that the separations and distinctions are not the highest truth, but are set up partly by the workings of our minds. Reality is absolute being and pure consciousness, the world arises phenomenally in that.
Reality exceeds thoughts and words, so no statement of the theory can be entirely satisfactory. The teachings indicate to us the direction in which we are to look for ourselves.
This theoretical side of the teachings is sometimes called the philosophy of Advaita Vedanta: the non-dual (a-dvaita) understanding of the Vedas, the revealed teachings of all wisdom traditions.
This theory is an important part of the practical path. First we grasp the idea in principle, and then we seek to discover it directly.
Realization of truth in direct experience is the purpose and goal of the non-dual teachings.
The philosophy of non-duality is rational and intellectually rich. But it is not intended to remain a purely intellectual matter, its purpose is to guide us to inner discovery.
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