Contemplative Grammars: Śaṅkara’s Distinction of Upāsana and Nididhyāsana

  title={Contemplative Grammars: Śaṅkara’s Distinction 
of Upāsana and Nididhyāsana},
  author={Neil Dalal},
  journal={Journal of Indian Philosophy},
  • Neil Dalal
  • Published 2016
  • Philosophy
  • Journal of Indian Philosophy
  • AbstractŚaṅkara’s Advaita Vedānta is largely dismissive of ritual action, in part because the metaphysical position of non-duality erodes any independent existence of the individual as a ritual agent, and because knowledge of non-duality is thought to be independent of action. However, a close reading of Śaṅkara shows that he does accept forms of devotional practice that have remained largely marginalized in studies of Advaita Vedānta. This article compares and contrasts contemplative devotion… CONTINUE READING
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