He is a follower of Advaita Vedanta
- a path to spiritual realisation.
Highly inspired by Christian mysticism, Advaita Vedanta
, and the desire of many to live a life of devotion, communities have sprung up around the world that follow Hoffmeister's very practical Awakening Mind teachings.
Adi Shankaracharya o f Kalady, who was an 8th century Indian philosopher and theologian, consolidated the doctrine of Advaita Vedanta
and is credited with unifying and establishing the main currents of thought in Hinduism.
Nine chapters are: the Indus civilization; the Vedas; Vedanta; Advaita Vedanta
; influential theories: Samkhya and classical yoga; devotional Hinduism: the Bhagavad Gita; devotional Hinduism: the rise of Vaisnava Bhakti in Medieval India; devotional Hinduism: the rise of Saiva Bhakti in medieval India; diversity and unity.
Critique: Gaudapada (c.6th century CE) was the author or compiler of the Ma ukya Karika, a quintessential text which used madhyamika philosophical terms to delineate Advaita Vedanta
Did you read any spiritual books prior to beingness?” “Selfless Self” offers a fresh, simple, clear and totally pragmatic approach to Advaita Vedanta
(bhakti)" (Eliot Deutsch, Advaita Vedanta
: A Philosophical Reconstruction [Honolulu, HI: East-West Center Press 1969], p.
It is the sound that seeps through everything, known and unknown--the (S.P.Chattopadyaya, The Philosophy of Samkara's Advaita Vedanta
(New Delhi: Sarup, 2002).
Another interesting contrast between Classical Indian Philosophy and the Sourcebook is their respective treatment of Advaita Vedanta
. Widely considered in the nineteenth and early twentieth century to be the most important school of Indian philosophy, Radhakrislman and Moore devote thirty-three pages to an Advaita translation, more than to Dvaita or Vigistadvaita.
. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1973.