Mandukyakarika, Māṇḍukyakārikā, Māṇḍūkyakārikā, Mandukya-karika: 2 definitions


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In Hinduism

Vedanta (school of philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Mandukyakarika in Vedanta glossary
Source: Preceptors of Advaita

Māṇḍūkyakārikā (माण्डूक्यकारिका) is the name of a philosophical work attributed to Gauḍapāda.—After he was blessed with the intuitive wisdom of the Absolute, must have taught those who gathered round him the truth he had discovered and embodied it in a work which came to be called the Āgamaśāstra or Gauḍapāda-kārikā. It is an exposition of a short but important Upaniṣad called the Māṇḍūkya, which is counted as one of the principal Upaniṣads by all the schools of Vedānta. Besides the Māṇḍūkyakārikā, other works are also attributed to Gauḍapāda.

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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

Work by Gauḍapāda (8th century), the Māṇḍukya Kārikā is a commentary in verse form on the Mandukya Upanishad, one of the shortest but most profound Upanishads, or mystical Vedas, consisting of just 13 prose sentences.

Also known as the “Gauḍapāda Kārikā” and “Āgama Śāstra

The Gaudapadiya Karika is divided into four chapters:

  1. Agama, or Agama Prakarana - explains the text of the Mandukya Upanishad and Gaudapada shows that Advaita is supported by the shruti and reason.
  2. Vaitathya Prakarana - is concerned primarily with rationally proving the unreality of the phenomenal world characterized by its duality and opposition, on the cessation of which non-duality is attained.
  3. Adavaita Prakarana - establishes non-duality
  4. Alatasanti Prakarana - explains the relativity of our phenomenal experience and establishes the Atman or soul as the only reality underlying the phenomenal existence.

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