Rooted in the vedic heritage the systems of vedanta emphasize the importance of and the way to spiritual transcendence. They are divided into two groups on the basis of central metaphysical, epistemological, and soteriological issues. While Advaita Vedanta which is monistic in the strict sense of the term is on one side, other systems of Vedanta which are pluralistic are on the other side.The present volume deals with Advaita Vedanta in three sections the first one covers classical advaita; the second one examines the impact of Advaita on contemporary Indian Philosophy; and the third one gives an account of Advaita in vernaculars.
R. Balasubramanian a specialist in Advaita Phenomenology and Existentialism started his career in1950. He taught in Besant Theosophical college Vivekananda College and Annamalai University before joining the faculty of Radhakrishnan Institute for advanced study in philosophy university of Madras of which he was the director for a number of years. He started the sri Aurobindo school of eastern and western thought at Pondicherry University and was its first chairman for five years.