Cover

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Title Page

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Contents

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p. v

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Preface

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pp. vii-ix

Advaita Vedānta is a well-known philosophical system of India. One of the well-known doctrines associated with Advaita Vedānta is that of avasthātraya, or of the three states of consciousness: ...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-9

This monograph deals with the question of sleep in Advaita Vedānta. But the theme presupposes that the phenomenon of sleep is an issue of some kind for Advaita...

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1. Sleep in Advaita Vedānta: A Prologue

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pp. 11-13

Karl H. Potter, in his introduction to the philosophy of Advaita Vedānta, lists twelve propositions as constituting the theoretical basis of Advaita. The last of these propositions reads...

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2. Sleep in the Prasthānatraya (Upaniṣads, Brahmasūtra, Bhagavadgītā)

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pp. 15-40

The tradition of Advaita Vedānta can certainly be traced as far back as the Bṛhadāraṇyaka and Chāndogya Upaniṣads, the two earliest Upaniṣads.1 They are also considered primarily...

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3. Sleep in Māṇḍūkyakārikā

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pp. 41-48

One leading Advaitin thinker who preceded Śaṅkara is Gauḍapāda (seventh century), whose kārikās or commentarial verses on the Māṇḍūkya Upaniṣad1 have long enjoyed a special...

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4. Sleep in Śāṇkara Advaita

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pp. 49-72

Śāṇkara Advaita contains several references to the phenomenon of sleep, particularly deep sleep. In this respect one encounters a remarkable statement in his gloss on...

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5. Sleep in Later Advaita

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pp. 73-98

It has been said that “most later Advaitins largely accepted Śaṇkara's views on dream and deep sleep, finding all states illusory, dream even less real than waking, and an ambiguity between sleep as ignorance and/or bliss. The only immediate...

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6. Sleep in Modern Advaita

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pp. 99-126

The discussion of the phenomenon of deep sleep takes on a new texture in modern Advaita. This is so on account of the fact that while the literature of premodern Advaita combines both intellectual and mystical...

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Conclusions

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pp. 127-137

(1) The role that sleep plays in Advaita Vedānta is, on balance, more illustrative than probative in nature....

Notes

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pp. 139-170

Bibliography

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pp. 171-174

Term Index

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pp. 175-177

Subject Index

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pp. 179-181