Advaita Philosophy, or Nondualism / Monism is the most popular spiritual path in Hinduism
, propounded by most of the Indian sages. It is based on the Vedas
, the oldest and basic Indian scriptures. The core idea of Advaita is that 'God and living-beings are not two different entities and they are one and the same. It is the actions or Karma of individuals that unite or separate these two'. Advaita was revived by Shankaracharya
in the eighth century. Advaitic experience or nondualistic perception is believed to be possible, only by rigorous and conscious sadhana
A number of national and international institutions have drawn inspiration from Advaita philosophy.
Dvaita philosophy (Dualism)is opposed to the Advaita philosophy, while Vishista Advaita Philosophy is a variation of the Advaita Philosophy.