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वेदान्त   a &c. See p.1017.
वेदान्त  m. bm. end of the वेद (= ‘complete knowledge of the वेदcf.वेदा-न्त-ग), [TĀr.]; [MBh.]
ज्ञान-काण्ड   N. of the second and most important part of the मीमांसा or third of the three great divisions of Hindū philosophy (called वेदान्त either as teaching the ultimate scope of the वेद or simply as explained in the उपनिषद्s which come at the end of the वेद; this system, although belonging to the मीमांसा [q.v.] and sometimes called उत्तर-मीमांसा, ‘examination of the later portion or [q.v.] of the वेद’, is really the one sole orthodox exponent of the pantheistic creed of the Hindūs of the present day - a creed which underlies all the polytheism and multiform mythology of the people; its chief doctrine [as expounded by शंकर] is that of अद्वैतi.e. that nothing really exists but the One Self or Soul of the Universe called ब्रह्मन् [neut.] or परमात्मन्, and that the जीवात्मन् or individual human soul and indeed all the phenomena of nature are really identical with the परमात्मन्, and that their existence is only the result of अज्ञान [otherwise called अविद्या] or an assumed ignorance on the part of that one universal Soul which is described as both Creator and Creation; Actor and Act; Existence, Knowledge and Joy, and as devoid of the three qualities [see गुण]; the liberation of the human soul, its deliverance from transmigrations, and re-union with the परमात्मन्, with which it is really identified, is only to be effected by a removal of that ignorance through a proper understanding of the वेदान्त; this system is also called ब्रह्म-मीमांसा and शारीरकमीमांसा, ‘inquiring into Spirit or embodied Spirit’; the founder of the school is said to have been व्यास, also called बादरायण, and its most eminent teacher was शंकराचार्य), [Up.]; [MBh.] &c.
वेदान्त  m. m. pl. the उपनिषद्s or works on the वेदान्त philosophy, [Kull.] on [Mn. vi, 83.]

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वेदान्त  m.  (-न्तः) The theological part of the Vedas; considered collec- tively it is contained in the many numerous passages or chapters of the Vedas termed Upanishads, which inculcate an abstract and speculative monotheistical worship, and these have been fur- ther explained and illustrated by later writers: the founder of the school is VYĀSA, and subsequently ŚANKARĀCHĀRYA is its most eminent teacher.
E. वेद the Vedas, and अन्त end, sum, scope or substance.

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