dvaita and advaita

RamaKrishna Paramahamsa’s view on Advaita and dvaita

“If you are emotional go with dvaita else always Advaita.”

I think, to follow dvaitism you need to have emotions. When you are not with left with any emotions, you are left Advaitic. I would say that both the philosophies lead to the same destination but the path is different. Advaita is like converting ice directly into steam while dvaita is converting ice to water then to steam, means the initial stages for both are the same while final destination is also similar. Yoga produces proofs for all my above claims.

Dvaita is something where you can love, complain, get frustrated or get angry on your diety. This way you treat the god as a living being and come closer to god. This calms down the emotion quotient of our body and attain peace of mind.

Advaita is something for those who are more than intellectuals. Here you can’t complain the god because you yourself will be god. Parabrahman neither has shape nor dimensions. So you can’t even imagine him for loving or complaining. So to follow this way, you need a lot of mental stability and must be free from emotions. Hence forth it is very difficult to follow advaita as it requires you a strong mental stability.

Dvaita and Advaita are not contradicting but are complementing. They are steps to self realization from duality (dvaita) to non duality (Advaita). Self Realisation is that ultimate state where you will be free from all materialistic attraction and know the truth of cycle of birth and death.

In dvaita divine vision of god is considered to be supreme and a devotee takes bith time to experience this state. Here he treats himself as a servant of god not as Brahman. Advaita is something which believes no divine vision of any form of god is permanent. It is like total submission of everything that belongs to you to a nirakara Brahman i,e you are above your mind’s saturation level.

To conclude I would say in advaita the supreme goal is to attain moksha while in dvaita the goal may change from asking personal favours to moksha.”


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