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Atman and Brahman.

    One among the three fundamental texts of Vedanta is the Brahmasutra, the other two being the Upanishads and the Bhagavadgita. Collectively they are called the Prasthana Trayi. Badrayana is the author of the Brahmasutras. It consists of 555 aphorisms or sutras in a total of 4 chapters and is written in a systematic and logical format. The structure of the text is such that on any topic there is a ‘Purva paksha’ who are generally the followers of Buddhism, Jainism, Samkhya, Vaisheshikas (schools of philosophy) etc.  The arguments or doubts raised by them are countered by the ‘Siddhanthis’ who are the followers of Vedanta. A logical conclusion is arrived at in the end. The nature of Brahman or the Supreme self, origins of the Universe, resolving the contradictions arising from other schools of philosophy, relation between atman and brahman, the means to enlightenment, the benefits of this knowledge etc. are some of the broad topics covered in this text. A few other topics based on the Advaita interpretation was covered as part of my course work in Sanskrit and the section on the relation between atman and brahman seemed most interesting and is covered in this article. Now

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Atman and Brahman.

    One among the three fundamental texts of Vedanta is the Brahmasutra, the other two being the Upanishads and the Bhagavadgita. Collectively they are called the Prasthana Trayi. Badrayana is the author of the Brahmasutras. It consists of 555 aphorisms or sutras in a total of 4 chapters and is written in a systematic and logical format. The structure

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