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Vedanta

[vi-dahn-tuh, -dan-] /vɪˈdɑn tə, -ˈdæn-/
noun
1.
the chief Hindu philosophy, dealing mainly with the Upanishadic doctrine of the identity of Brahman and Atman, that reached its highest development a.d. c800 through the philosopher Shankara.
Compare Advaita, dvaita (def 2).
Origin of Vedanta
< Sanskrit, equivalent to veda Veda + anta end
Related forms
Vedantic, adjective
Vedantism, noun
Vedantist, noun
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  • On the other hand, the Vedanta is uncompromisingly monistic.

  • “Rabbi Ben Ezra” holds in absolute solution the Vedanta philosophy.

    The Brownings Lilian Whiting
  • The latter, according to a Vedanta expression, is an eternity in eternity.

    From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan Helena Pretrovna Blavatsky
  • But the leading philosophy of India is unquestionably the Vedanta.

    Two Old Faiths J. Murray Mitchell and William Muir
  • They are stored up, pigeon-holed there, in the Chitta, as it is called in Vedanta.

    Reincarnation Swami Abhedananda
  • The unity of the soul and God—this is the scope of all Vedanta treatises.

    Two Old Faiths J. Murray Mitchell and William Muir
  • Chunder Dutt, however, contradicts Bunsen's assertion that the soul also is an illusion according to the Vedanta.

    Ten Great Religions James Freeman Clarke
  • Vedanta answers these questions by saying that it is possible for us to remember our previous existences.

    Reincarnation Swami Abhedananda
  • They are without much difficulty reducible to three leading schools of thought—the Nyaya, the Sankhya, and the Vedanta.

    Two Old Faiths J. Murray Mitchell and William Muir
  • Each germ of life, according to Vedanta, possesses infinite potentialities and infinite possibilities.

    Reincarnation Swami Abhedananda
British Dictionary definitions for Vedanta

Vedanta

/vɪˈdɑːntə; -ˈdæn-/
noun
1.
one of the six main philosophical schools of Hinduism, expounding the monism regarded as implicit in the Veda in accordance with the doctrines of the Upanishads. It teaches that only Brahman has reality, while the whole phenomenal world is the outcome of illusion (maya)
Derived Forms
Vedantic, adjective
Vedantism, noun
Vedantist, noun
Word Origin
C19: from Sanskrit, from Veda + ánta end
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