Concept of personal God and Advaita

Stephanie Stean cerebral_rose at MAC.COM
Wed May 22 12:17:37 CDT 2002


Thanks very much for your responses.

First, why is a scriptural testimony necessary for Realization?  I know it
is helpful, but why necessary?

Lastly, through the phenomenal world, we can know Ultimate Reality (what
ever that is to each individual).  But advaita does not seem to be divorced
from experience. Unless I'm not understanding your use of the word
experience.  How do you define or look at experience?

Have a good day,

Maybe you're right in most cases
>>> Think about this : we see dualism (dvaita) everywhere. Even qualified
>>> non-dualism (visishtadvaita) can be apprehended by experience - as it is
>>> qualities that we perceive in objects. It is only advaita (non-dualism)
>>> which is not experienced in the phenomenal world. For the first two you
> do
>>> not really need the scriptures as they are open to normal experience. It
> is
>>> only the third which is totally divorced from all experience which
> really
>>> needs a scriptural testimony.
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