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on the path to God through knowledge The basic teaching is that God alone is the all-pervading reality the individual soul is none other than the universal soul Shankara was under no illusions about this world For this reason he is able to describe so powerfully the complete transformation of the universe that takes place before the eyes of the illumined seer when the world indeed becomes a paradise Models of Multiplicity From Potter Advaita Vedanta up to Sankara and His Pupils pp 81ff Kinds of diversity 1undifferentiated nirguna Brahman vs God saguna Brahman 2one supreme Self paramatman vs many individual selves jivas 3world vs God and world vs jivas Models of diversity Rope-snake Gaudapada Sankara Padmapada et al Pot-space Gaudapada Sankara Suresvara Bhamati school etc Wheel of fire Gaudapada Water and foam Sankara et al Suns rays spiders web sparks from a fire Sankara Reflection analogies Sankara Padmapada Vivarana school etc sun in rippling water red flower in crystal facein mirror Works by Sankara Comms on Three Starting Pointsprasthana-traya of Vedanta 1sruti Commentaries on many Upanisads Brhadaranyaka etc 2smrti Commentary on the Bhagavadgita 3sutra Commentary on the Brahmasutras Vedantasutras Independent treatise on Vedanta Upadesasahasri Thousand Teachings prob not Vivekacudamani Crest Jewel of Discrimination etc Other works Subcommentary on the
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