What's the difference between Advaita and Neo Advaita?

Jasmin's picture

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What's the difference between Advaita and Neo Advaita?

And why Neo Advaita is sometimes referred as Pseudo Advaita?

Can you give examples of gurus who are affiliated with Advaita vs. ones that are affiliated with Neo Advaita?

mika's picture

Pure vs. neo advaita

I think http://www.gurusfeet.com/blog/zion-more-matrix-matrix describes the issue in a good way.

In a nutshell:

Advaita: non duality, all is one beyond the apearences of form.

Neo/Pseudo Advaita: errorneous conclusions derived mainly by western instant gurus that confuse between absolute and relative perspectives, e.g. if all is one then I'm not doing anything, then no responsibility, no other so I can be alone.

mika | Mon, 01/04/2010 - 16:23
Tania's picture

Neo / Pseudo Advaita

See the article in http://www.enlightened-spirituality.org/neo-advaita.html. It says it all.

Tania | Wed, 01/13/2010 - 09:52
santana's picture

The truthful starting point and the misfortunate ending

Neo Advaita has a truthful starting point and a misfortunate ending that led it into a pseudo thing.

The truthful starting point is that indeed at some point when the mind is not strong enough anymore, no effort is needed. Actually, at that point, effort might be even counterproductive. When we say "effort" here, we mean to go against the natural flow of the conditioned mind and body. If you look deeply at the concept hiding behind the word "effort", you will see that there cannot be any other meaning to it. Moreover, the truthful starting point recognizes that in absolute terms, in the absolute reality (in which we do NOT live and cognize), relative aspects do not exist. The emphasise here is "in the absolute reality".

The misfortunate ending is that people (mainly westerners coming from the culture of instant products) with good as well as selfish intentions came, most with too much vanity and too little knowledge, didn't bother to get into the essence, and based on their superficial understanding of Advaita and in most cases to justify their laziness, declared sweepingly that no effort is needed. Moreover, they mix between absolute and relative reality and try artificially to impose aspects of the absolute reality on the relative reality. Again, in most cases to justify no effort (while hypothetically they invest a lot of effort in order to eat, survive, etc.)

This confusion became a field for many half-baked wannabe teachers and resulted in so many spiritual-numb fellows who got stuck spiritually or even got deteriorated spiritually without recognizing it.

The bottom line is that spirituality is an art due to the fact that the psyche is not a standard thing. Anyone adhering to simplistic standard rules is probably destined to spiritual stagnation.

santana | Thu, 04/28/2011 - 04:57
lilian's picture

Dennis Waite explains the difference in a clear way

I have just found an excellent post that explains the difference in such a clear and distilled way - it is an interview with Dennis Waite in the Non-Duality magazine -


lilian | Sat, 11/24/2012 - 17:56