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Why is Advaita the ultimate state ?
The state of advaita is proclaimed to be the ultimate state to be. Why ? advaita
translates to non-duality. That is a state in which the soul (pashu) does not feel any
different from the Supreme (pati).
In the world the fear is the major component that affects the human life. An insect
is threatened by a frog. The frog is worried about the snake. The snake gets frightened by
the human hunters. The hunters are worried about their livelihood ! The same way a worker is
worried about pleasing the manager and the owner about the government and market and the head
of government about retaining the post ! This is a vicious circle.
One of the other thing could be the hunt for fame. One feels that he/she should
command the respect of others in some way or the other. When that is achieved the person
find out that there are taller mountains beyond the cliff already reached to pursue ! Keep
getting promoted and promoted step by step - to end where ?
There could be many others one could imagine - the pursuit of better things. The
ultimate thing to look for would be - to be the one that is ultimate ! The one that is
does not have any superior element that could bully, the one that does not have external
dependency to be happy, the one beyond which there can be nothing higher ! If we become
that one, that is where going to be the point of completion. It is the Supreme Almighty
ever Blissful - the One that qualifies for that ultimate thing. Being the favored of
that Being would eliminate the fear and worry of everything else as the favor of the
Almighty is there. Still isn't that one short ? There is still One Being to look up to
and due to the fact that It is superior there is a fear, though with respect, for It. If
the self unifies in that Supreme without recognizing itself to be anything other than the
Supreme, the result would be just bliss - no strings attached ! This is the state of
The word advaita is used in this article more widely. (The upaniShat proclaim aham
brahmAsmi). Not necessarily in the context of the advaita popularized by shankara
Posted On : 31.12.2002
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