Few will dispute the fact that Sri Sankara, the most exciting philosopher of Advaita Vedanta has no clear-cut answers to the problem of Reality. The shifting focus and emphasis on the various philosophical issues cited in the original exegetics of Sri Sankara by the modern thinkers certainly needs a consensus on arriving at the meaningful and purposeful understanding of the true nature of Reality. The concept of Adhyasa in its three variants has to be asserted from the non-contradictory ground of Reality. In this context, there is a need to differentiate 'mere appearance' (as it appears) and 'the actual appearance' (as it is) or the unmanifest Reality. It cannot be denied that the concepts of 'Brahmatmaikya' and 'Brahmabhava' created confusion in many thinkers, but the authentic explanations by Sri Sankara steadfastly made the Advaitic perspective unchallengeable in all the times. The invention of the great legacy of Sankara had been paramount in this work. The centrality and tangentiality of the concept of 'liberation' is well attended here. Being extremely concerned on the -deviations created on the argumentative philosophizing presented by Sri Sankara, the present work attempts to establish the valid tones of sound philosophy of Advaita Vedanta at its best.
About the Author
DR. N. USHA DEVI is a learned Vedantic scholar, teacher of Vedanta, especially Advaita Vedanta of Sri Sankara. Residing in the great land of the birthplace of Sri Sankara, the prolific thinker of Advaita, she had been teaching Advaita Vedanta and related Indian philosophical systems at Sree Sankara College, Kalady affiliated to Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala from 1986 onwards to 2020. At present, Dr. Usha Devi is engaged in bringing forth a new volume on 'Hindu Dharma- the Supervenience and Emergent Evolution'.