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Brahma, Brahman, Brahmin, and Atman?

In his commentary on the Brahma Sutras, the Sri-Bhasya, Ramanuja says: The word Brahman is derived from the root 'brh' which denotes greatness, and is therefore applicable to all objects which have ...
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The non-existence of Gettier problems in Indo-Tibetan epistemology

Let me clarify what is not entirely clear from the OP quote but is apparent from the context of the paper: it is not that Indo-Tibetan thinkers do not consider what is known as Gettier cases, it is ...
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What are some good resources for learning Indian philosophy?

IIT Madras provides video lectures on Indian philosophy.The department of Maharishi Vedic Science of Maharishi University of Management provides complete literature of Indian philosophy in sanskrit. A ...
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What are some good resources for learning Indian philosophy?

I only know a bit of what I've looked up on my own, but perhaps I can get you started, although my approach is sure to be skewed as compared to most others, and I may make glaring errors. I don't know ...
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Brahma, Brahman, Brahmin, and Atman?

Brahma is one of the main Hindu deities. Brahman is an abstract concept with a wide meaning. One of its meaning is a hypothetical principle of the universe. A Brahmin is a member of the first of ...
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Does enlightenment mean loss of all emotions?

If enlightenment had such a meaning, all the enlightened persons would sit in some corner without doing anything. But enlightened persons realize the truth about this material world. Many ...
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Question about the Four Noble Truths

"some scholars".. Not ones of Buddhism. Anicca anatta and dukha are the three marks of existence. These are usually translated, unsatisfactoriness, impermanence and not-self. They are not ...
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Why is there a large statue of Hindu god Shiva " the destroyer" located at CERN? Any philosophic reasons?

No, I don't think the implication is in accord with Oppenheimer. Per: https://cds.cern.ch/record/745737?ln=en "Carl Sagan drew the metaphor between the cosmic dance of the Nataraj and the modern ...
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What is the logical structure of this argument by a Hindu philosopher about causation?

The boldface passage is fairly easy to interpret, the rest of the argument not so much. Śri Harsha seems to deal with a one-level ontology similar to scholastics', where attributes (essential ...
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Is there a biological description of "chakras" or is the concept of "chakras" mere pseudoscience?

If we define science as the investigation of nature from a naturalistic perspective (as opposed to a supernatural perspective), then the chakra are a part of an ancient scientific theory. In this ...
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What are some good resources for learning Indian philosophy?

I would recommend also The Shape of Ancient Thought: Comparative Studies in Greek and Indian Philosophies by Thomas McEvilley. While being a product of an admirable research on the influence of the ...
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Did Hindu thought exercise a strong influence upon the minds of early Western thinkers?

I do not know how Prabhavananda supports his thesis "Hindu thought exercises a strong influence upon the minds of early Western thinkers." What are his arguments and examples? The first known contact ...
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Brahma, Brahman, Brahmin, and Atman?

This answer was too long for a comment. At hinduism.stackexchange.com you will get emic answers to this question. Here the answers are more likely to be etic. As a side note, as a linguaphile I ...
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What is the Hindu Advait philosophy?

The advaita philosophy is often summarized by advaita commentators with one quote from Adi Sankara. It is verse 20 from his Brahmajnanavali-mala. It goes: Brahman is the Truth, the universe is false, ...
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Does enlightenment mean loss of all emotions?

Wikipedia describes spiritual enlightenment as follows: Enlightenment is the "full comprehension of a situation". The term is commonly used to denote the Age of Enlightenment, but is also used in ...
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Brahma, Brahman, Brahmin, and Atman?

Brahmin The Hindu caste system has four Varna : Brahmins: priests, scholars and teachers Kshatriyas: rulers, warriors and administrators Vaishyas: agriculturalists and merchants Shudras: laborers ...
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Is 'illusion' as viewed in indian philosophy founded on more fundamental concepts or experiences?

In Western critical theory (the current evolute of the post-modernist/post-structuralist type thinking), they often harp on the idea of a 'language world': a superimposition of human language and ...
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Different between Buddhism and Solipsism

In Hindu thought all minds are manifestations of a fundamental unified awareness, Brahman. In dualistic traditions the manifestations are separate to Brahman. In non-dual traditions they are not ...
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Is ancient indian philosophy outdated?

I find it sad to see a question like this asked in this way. Are Plato & Aristotle 'outdated'? Of course. Are they important influences on the whole tradition after them? Also, of course. Adi ...
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Question about the Four Noble Truths

One of the common difficulties in understanding the Four Noble Truths comes from the natural human tendency to project our own inner state onto the world. If we read the FNT as an answer to the ...
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Does enlightenment mean loss of all emotions?

Does enlightenment mean loss of all emotions? No. Enlightenment is man's emergence from his self-incurred immaturity. Immaturity is the inability to use one's own understanding without the ...
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In the Bhagavadgītā, what are some objections to its proposed solutions to the paradox of action?

The fourth verse of the Gita Dhyana Sloka reads as follows: Sarvopanishado gaavo dogdhaa gopaalanandanah; Paartho vatsah sudheer bhoktaa dugdham geetaamritam mahat. All the Upanishads are ...
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What does epistemological phenomenon mean by?

Assuming that the translation is correct, first write all definitions. Ignorance: lack of knowledge or information. Epistemology: the theory of knowledge, especially with regard to its methods, ...
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Does a material cause either depend on its effect or appear to be somehow self-sufficient?

Confused and welcome to PSE. Aristotelian aitiai and Hindu causes It is traditional to refer to Aristotle's 'four causes' but 'cause' isn't the best translation of Aristotle's term, aition, except ...
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Buddhism and soul

An easy way to understand this concept is that the current existence is like a block stacked upon other blocks. There is no string that runs through the blocks to attach them to each other, yet the ...
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Buddhism and soul

The following excerpt from the Pāli Canon shows that reincarnation is actually not essential to Buddhism, so although Buddhism arose in a time when the prevailing mindset held reincarnation as a given,...
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