Eliot Deutsch (born January 8, ) is a philosopher, teacher, and writer. He has made including; On Truth: An Ontological Theory; Advaita Vedanta: A Philosophical Reconstruction; Studies in Comparative Aesthetics; Creative Being : The. An introduction to the several systems of classical Indian thought such as Professor Deutsch provides. The quest for self knowledge is pervasive in indian thought and is a central concern of advaita vedanta–The non-Dualistic system expounded primarily by.

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Preview — Advaita Vedanta by Eliot Deutsch. A Philosophical Reconstruction by Eliot Deutsch. An introduction to the several systems of classical Indian thought such as Professor Deutsch provides. Paperbackpages. Published December 1st by University of Hawaii Press first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Advaita Vedantaplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Deutsh 07, Rama rated it it was amazing Shelves: The wisdom of Hindu Philosophy: The substance of this system of thought is that the physical reality that describes the universe with living entities, matter and energy, and cosmic structures is due to One Supreme Consciousness pervading the universe.

It is referred to as Brahman. Brahm The wisdom of Hindu Philosophy: Brahman has no attributes, but it is an entity that encompasses omniscience infinite knowledgeomnipotence unlimited poweromnipresence present everywhereOmni benevolence perfect goodnessimmutable, divine simplicity, and eternal existence. Brahman exists in spaceless and timeless dimension in an unchanging reality amidst and beyond the realm of the universe.

These qualities are personal and impersonal; variously referred to as God or the Supreme Lord in Hinduism. The Pure Consciousness, the Brahman transcend all possible laws of physics, all dimensions and all physical realities in an infinite space advaiga may have multiverse. That is the True Reality. There is no room for dualistic thought, such as God and living-beings having separate existence; or God and material world are two different things.

There is no separate subject and object; there is no me and Almighty God; there is no you and Almighty God. Brahman as a transcendental entity in a spiritual domain that defies all humanly description or characterization.

Eliot Deutsch is an eminent scholar of Vedanta and spent his lifetime teaching and researching in the field of Hindu Philosophy. Advaita is widely regarded as the pinnacle of wisdom among Hindu philosophers in post-Vedic India. It is a metaphysical system that explains physical reality in the most profound form.

It is an unflinching theory and a focused system of thought that has intellectual depth and great insight that comes close to the reality reasoned within the laws of quantum physics. Erwin Schrodinger, the father of wave mechanics was a life-long Vedantin Advaitin according to vedant biographer, Walter J.

Schrodinger showed the wave-particle duality of matter at its most fundamental existence. All quantum states theoretically calculated for a particle exist in spacetime until an experimental observation collapses them into one particular state.

Before measurements, the particle wave can exists at virtually anywhere in the universe; it could be at two places at the same time. Advaitx wholesomeness of quantum veutsch and existence is inherent vedanra nature. A brief summary of this book is as follows: The world has no separate existence apart from Brahman. Although the individual self seems different from Brahman, like space inside a milk bottle that looks different from space outside if it.

The space inside the bottle takes the shape of the bottle, but it is still part of the larger space. Plurality is experienced because of error in judgments mithya and ignorance avidya.


Advaita Vedanta interpret the relationship between Brahman and the world in terms of satkaryavada, the theory that effect pre-exists in the cause.

The vivartavada theory observes that effect is only an apparent manifestation of its cause. Both lead to same conclusion and are rooted in the same action, the cause which is a concept of Maya, avidya ignorance and adhyasa.

Advaita Vedanta : Eliot Deutsch :

When we transform the impersonal Brahman being into personal being. We bring an association of the impersonal with Maya. Maya is the ontic-noetic state where limitations upadhis are imposed upon deutsdh.

Attachments, aversions, fears, dreams, and semi-dreams are all smeared with illusory power of Maya.

All memories, cognitions, percepts, and logics are grounded in mirage, apparition and deceptive appearance. Maya appears whenever we fail to realize the oneness of the Brahman.

Advaita establishes the Oneness of Reality and this self-knowledge enables the knower to overcome all pain, misery, ignorance, and bondage. The self and the knowledge of the whole leads to freedom and wisdom. Self is described in four states of consciousness and there is no discontinuity of consciousness. The four states misidentifies the self but they are changes in the power of awareness. The waking and dream states which can be brought together into a single category corresponding to gross and subtle bodies Virat and Hiranyagarbha.

The state of deep sleep corresponds to saguna Brahman Brahman with attributes or the divine Isvara and transcendental consciousness. Hence in the waking — dream state, the self is caught with objects, internal and external and loses sights of its own true nature as pure subject. In deep sleep, consciousness and the self is free from objects but not yet transcended to the fourth state of turiya.

In the fourth state the self-transcendence that brings about the awareness of one-self as not different from Reality. To explain the material reality, Advaita advocates that Isvara, the Brahman with attributes become personalized as deity. He is the creative Lord who calls forth worlds, maintains them, and re-absorbs them as lila, as sport or play. There is no purpose in creation.

He is free with unlimited power. Creation is only apparent change and not a change in Brahman in reality. Brahman is unchangeable and immutable. The actual experience of attaining the moksha salvation is through self-knowledge and wisdom. Constant meditation that will help identify with self. Cause and effects are mutually involved; the material elements gross and subtle that constitute physical nature are ontologically the effects of ahmankara I-consciousness and buddhi intelligence ; but their cause is saguna Brahman or consciousness associated with maya.

Saguna Brahman has its own ultimate ground in pure adaita or advwita Brahman. De-superimposition apavadareconnecting the effects back into their causes, the discriminating away of all lower levels of experience sadness, unhappiness, and sufferings deutch the sword that cuts away false identifications.

Such a mind will be instrumental to knowledge of Brahman.

Professor Deutsch has explained Advaita in a very lucid, luminous and intelligible language. Probably a good introduction of Advaita Vedanta Indian religious “monist” non-dualist idealist philosophybut I have nothing to compare against, and I still have to read the last two chapters.

The book requires a more critical attitude – it does critique some ideas, some such as karma and samsara more than others, but somewhat half-heartedly.

One of the problems I had was that there vedantx to be multiple explanations for the same things – for example, the world is understood as nirguna Brahm Probably a good introduction of Advaita Vedanta Indian religious “monist” non-dualist idealist philosophybut I have nothing to compare against, and I still have to read the last two chapters.

One of dsutsch problems I had was that there seem to be multiple explanations for the same things – for example, the world is understood as nirguna Brahman vedznta Godhead, the Ultimate Reality experienced through feutsch ignorancebut then it is also claimed that saguna Brahman the personal creator God is the efficient cause of the world. Similarly, jiva the personality or ego shell is understood as a “mirror reflection” or a limitation on the Atman the real Self, which is at basis not different from Brahmanso that you can understand that the human is born without a jiva, and that it is formed as the human starts to experience the world and to divide it into vedants, you, me, yours, mine, now, then, etc The problem might be that in this religious philosophy, there might be different explanations at different levels: The same problem of multiple explanations would occur if we were to try to incorporate popular Christian thinking with philosophical Christian theology.


Another thought that was rattling in my head was about how far one can argue for a worldview without first accepting a number of initial assertions that the worldview takes for granted. One thing the book could have done better is to argue, or rather give reasons, theological, philosophical or even cultural, for the fundamental claims of this non-dualist idealist worldview – as the author consistently claims that, the interest of Advaita philosophers was not to prove the truth of this worldview as that was taken to be obvious, but rather their interest was in formulating arguments and metaphors that would lead one to grasp this Ultimately Reality, to break free of avidya.

That might also be a reason for those multiple explanations Jun 09, Rogier rated it it was vddanta Shelves: For me this was a wonderful refresher, and I advakta it is a great introduction for anyone. Being an ACIM student, I vedqnta the more modern sdvaita of the Course more helpful, moreover the way it deals with the making of the World definitely seems more helpful to me.

In retrospect, small wonder detsch, that I felt attracted to Advaita Vedanta very early on in life. I could imagine that for many Course students this little book would be of interest as it provides an immediate insight in the posit For me this was a wonderful refresher, and I imagine it is a great introduction for anyone.

I could imagine that for many Course students this little book would be of interest as it provides an immediate insight in the position of the Course in the context of the world’s major spiritual traditions, including why it is so unique and different, in vdeanta way it proposes the ontological cause of the experience of this world and this life. Equally it is humbling for any Westerner to even begin to realize the profound nature of this thought sytem, including its psychological sophistication, thousands of years before the west even began having an inkling of modern psychology, which seems shallow and superficial by comparison, even if a lot of its research can be quite valuable in complementing the picture.

Detsch 26, Travis Hosgood rated it really liked it. Some unbelievable work here. Reutsch is a lifelong guide to veddanta the real.

As far as self-realization goes I don’t think that any system of symbols has ever completely and accurately defined the path for everyone, but this is damn close.

Desires, needs, attachments well up within me and bind me to what I should not be. Jul 01, Araf Karsh added it Shelves: A good starting point for anyone who vedantw to dive into the Eastern Mysticism and understand one of the main school of Vedic philosophy. There are 6 school of philosophy in Vedic and Advaita is one of the main proponents. In the most popular 80s science book Tao of Physics by Fritjof Capra, deutsfh connects the quantum physics concepts with Advaita vedanta.