Manaspandita, Manas-spandita: 1 definition


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Vedanta (school of philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Manaspandita in Vedanta glossary
Source: Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Gaudapada (c. 500 C.E.)

Manaspandita (मनस्पन्दित) refers to a “vibration of the mind”, according to Gauḍapāda—one of the early and most reputed philosophers of the Vedānta school in the Indian system of thought.—According to Gauḍapāda’s thesis, the ultimate ontological reality is the pure consciousness, which is bereft of attributes and intentionality. The world of duality is nothing but a vibration of the mind (manaspandita or manodṛśya). The pluralistic world is imagined by the mind (saṃkalpa) and this false projection is sponsored by the illusory factor called Māyā. The origination of the individual soul, which experiences the world of duality, is figurative. The finitude of the individuality of the soul is caused due to nescience (avidyā), while in reality its nature is identical with the ultimate soul—pure consciousness. The knowledge of non-difference between the individual and the supreme soul alone leads to liberation.

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Vedanta (वेदान्त, vedānta) refers to a school of orthodox Hindu philosophy (astika), drawing its subject-matter from the Upanishads. There are a number of sub-schools of Vedanta, however all of them expound on the basic teaching of the ultimate reality (brahman) and liberation (moksha) of the individual soul (atman).

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