Theory

More on Theory

The Essence of the Philosophy of Shri Shankara, an article by Hari Prasad Shastri in Self-Knowledge Journal.

A further article On the Advaita of Shri Shankara by Hari Prasad Shastri.

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. It is often referred to as the philosophy of Advaita Vedanta.

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.

It presents a view of the Self, of Reality, of God or the Absolute, and of the highest goal of inner enquiry.

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.

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.

Discovering Non-Duality

If you are doing some regular meditation and reflection on the non-dual ideas, you are welcome to contact us with any questions about the teachings, or for further suggestions about your practice.