Date of Award

6-1971

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Religious Studies

Supervisor

J. G. Arapura

Language

English

Abstract

What doesn't exist, be it knowledge, the deceased, or an object, is of concern to us. By tracing the position of non-existent things trough some of the Śaṅkarite literature, the explanation of their occurrence and acknowledgement is uncovered. Non-existent things in general are seen to be absent. Under this analysis of absence all non-existent things may be subsumed by the character of being-away. Advaita Vādanta explains that absent objects are known by a unique means of knowledge. They are attended to as positive entities by non-apprehension. Ignorance and the solution to problems are known by other means even though they have an equally absent character.

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