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Spirit and Atman: A Cross-cultural Examination


This essay undertakes a comprehensive exploration of the concepts of the inner being in Christian and Hindu thought, delving into the intricate interplay between the empirical world and the subjective realm. Through a comparative analysis of Anne Stevenson’s, The Spirit is Too Blunt an Instrument and Adi Shankaracharya's Atmabodha, the essay endeavors to uncover similarities and differences between the notions of spirit and Atman. Stevenson's work may be seen as a contemporary Western understanding of the spirit, while Shankaracharya's text delves into the exploration of self-realization and the nature of the Atman from a Hindu perspective. By conducting a thorough examination of these ideas, the essay contributes to a deeper understanding of the intricacies and philosophical inquiries surrounding the concepts of spirit and Atman, and suggests that the idea of spirituality in the West is different from the concept of atma-vidya in Dharma traditions.

Keywords: Anne Stevenson, Adi Shankaracharya, spirit, Atman, Atmabodha, Advaita Vedanta, Christianity, Hinduism, Adhyatma

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Mukhopadhyay, S. (2023). Spirit and Atman: A Cross-cultural Examination. International Journal of Emerging Technologies and Innovative Research, 10(6), j245-j250.

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