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Monism means something in the history of ancient India. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

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Source: Nilamata Purana: a cultural and literary study (history)

Monism refers to one of the various systems of belief and worship that once existed in ancient Kashmir (Kaśmīra) as mentioned in the Nīlamatapurāṇa.—The doctrine of monism, according to which there exists only a single principle from which everything is evolved, is also found in the Nīlamata. Brahmā in the Nīlamata seems to have been identified with Brahma of the Upaniṣads, for he is recognized as the only element in the universe except whom there exists nothing. He is the knower and the thing to be known, the body and the soul, the meditator, the object of meditation and the meditation itself. He is also of unknown birth. In the eulogy of Nīla, there is a reference to Brahma in the Upaniṣadic style. This Brahma is indivisible, imperishable and the highest. Due to its minuteness it is called Ether. The statement that it is minute as well as great, uncreated as well as possessed of limbs reminds one of similar statements found in the Kaṭha and the Śvetāśvatara Upaniṣads. Of course, the Nīlamata does not give us clear-cut monism; it has just paved the way for the Monistic Śaiva philosophy of Kaśmīra.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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