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Any Monistic philosophy --like one of Sri Adi Shanakara--has to say THAT WORLD AS SEEN is not true , in the sense of finality and its eternality. so the concepts of Maya , etc.
   But when the world is really one --was , is and will be one- so rend-why  these pleasure and pain which are so real to all jivas ?
         why did the Brahman the intelligent an functioning entity , which is totally complete ,become many?
      OR simply--why did Brahman get into Maya?
         m p joshy.

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Hi,

There are many philosophies proposing varied versions of truth. It DOES NOT matter which one is right. Nor does it serve any useful purpose in studying one or more philosophies. Before studying Adi Shankara's work you need to be clear why you want to study them.

If you study, Adi Shakara with an academic perspective, you find many contradictions in his philosophy. Also, there will be many concepts like Maya, which are beyond comprehension.

Adi Shakara HAS NOT given ANY PHILOSOPHY at all. He has explained the truth revealed in Vedas. Philosophy by definition means any independent opinion or thoughts of a wise person which is NOT based on SCRIPTURES. Adi Shankara DID NOT give his personal views on the world, maya etc. He simply explained the contents of Vedas.

Now, if you are interested to study Vedas, then the works of Adi Shankara will be useful. Then your teacher will answer all your questions.

I am sorry that I am not able to give an answer to your question here, because the questions are formed with the wrong understanding. For example Brahman DOES NOT get into Maya. Kindly excuse me for not answering.

I do hope I will get another opportunity to answer your question. Next time when you post a question to me, kindly restrict to one question at a time. You are welcome to ask many questions but please post them separately.

Best wishes,
Raja subramaniyan  

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25 years of spiritual studies and written following text books. Gita for Joyful Living (http://www.scribd.com/doc/8146755/Gita-for-Joyful-Living-Part-II) Path to Joyful Living - I based on Jeeva Yatra ( http://www.scribd.com/doc/8313542/Jeeva-Yatra ) Path to Joyful Living - II based on Sadhana Panchakam( http://www.scribd.com/doc/8313550/Sadana-Panchakam ) Joyful Living based on Panchadashi ( http://www.scribd.com/doc/8194110/Panchadashi-1-of-15 ) Parama Ragasiyam (Tamil) based on Brahma Sutra ( http://brahmasutram.blogspot.com/)

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