The Essence of Shri Shankara’s Philosophy

Shri Shankara is a follower of the Shruti, the revealed knowledge as transmitted and recorded in the Upanishads, and which concerns ultimate Reality. The essence of Reality must be its absoluteness; it must remain ever the same, unconditioned by time, space and causality.

The human intellect, conditioned and varied as it is, can never comprehend Reality in its entirety. Therefore revelation is the only source of knowledge of the ultimate Reality. The value of reasoning is fully appreciated. In matters of philosophical enquiry, perception, inference and other human evidence are as indispensable as Shruti, but ultimate Truth is above reasoning.

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This article is from the Spring 2017 issue of Self-Knowledge Journal.