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Vedanta definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: (from the Sanskrit for `end of the Veda') one of six orthodox philosophical systems or viewpoints rooted in the Upanishads as opposed to Mimamsa which relies on the Vedas and Brahmanas

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Sanskrit Ved?nta, literally, end of the Veda, from Veda + anta end; akin to Old English ende end Date: 1788 an orthodox system of Hindu philosophy developing especially in a qualified monism the speculations of the Upanishads on ultimate reality and the liberation of the soul Vedantism noun Vedantist noun

Britannica Concise

One of the six orthodox systems (darshans) of Indian philosophy and the one that forms the basis of most modern schools of Hinduism. Its three fundamental texts are the Upanishads, the Bhagavadgita, and the Brahma Sutras, which are very brief interpretations of the doctrine of the Upanishads. Several schools of Vedanta have developed, differentiated by their conception of the relationship between the self (atman) and the absolute (Brahman). They share beliefs in samsara and the authority of the Vedas as well as the conviction that Brahman is both the material and instrumental cause of the world and that the atman is the agent of its own acts and therefore the recipient of the consequences of action (see karma).

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 the Upanishads. 2 the Hindu philosophy based on these, esp. in its monistic form. Derivatives: Vedantic adj. Vedantist n. Etymology: Skr. vedanta (as VEDA, anta end)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Vedanta Ve*dan"ta, n. [Skr. V?danta.] A system of philosophy among the Hindus, founded on scattered texts of the Vedas, and thence termed the ``Anta,'' or end or substance. --Balfour (Cyc. of India.)




 


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