An Investigation of Moksha in the Advaita Vedanta of Shankara and Gaudapada

Asian Philosophy 22 (3):275-287 (2012)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

In this article, I suggest that moksha (liberation or enlightenment) in Advaita Vedanta is best understood psychologically. A psychological understanding is not only consistent with the Advaita Vedanta articulated by Shankara and Gaudapada, but avoids what will be called the problem of jivan mukti. This article will consist of three main parts. First, I will briefly discuss the metaphysics and ontology of Advaita Vedanta. Next, I will present the problem of jivan mukti, and the Advaitin response to the problem. The problem of jivan mukti will lead to the third portion of the article, which is a presentation of what moksha is. At no point in the article will I be arguing the truth of the Advaitin position. Instead, I will be meeting Advaita on its own terms in order to come to some understanding of moksha.

Similar books and articles

The concept of mukti in Advaita Vedānta.Krishna Warrier & G. A. - 1961 - [Madras]: University of Madras.
Bhāmatī and Vivaraṇa schools of Advaita Vedānta: a critical approach.Pulasth Soobah Roodurmum - 2002 - Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass Publishers. Edited by Kanshi Ram.
The self in advaita vedanta.Eliot Deutsch - 1966 - International Philosophical Quarterly 6 (March):5-21.
The method of the Vedanta: a critical account of the Advaita tradition.Satchidanandendra Saraswati - 1989 - New York: Kegan Paul International. Edited by A. J. Alston.

Analytics

Added to PP
2012-08-29

Downloads
1,882 (#4,224)

6 months
459 (#2,510)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Joshua Anderson
Virginia State University

References found in this work

Advaita Vedānta: a philosophical reconstruction.Eliot Deutsch - 1969 - Honolulu,: East-West Center Press.
Advaita Vedanta; A Philosophical Reconstruction.Eliot Deutsch - 1971 - Zeitschrift für Philosophische Forschung 25 (1):154-156.

View all 19 references / Add more references