Indian BRAHMIN philosopher and advocate of VEDNTA who founded a number of Monasteries in India and seems to have regarded IVA and VISHNU as equal manifestations of the UNIVERSAL SPIRIT. He taught the illusory NATURE of the separate EXISTENCE of the SPIRIT of man from the BRAHMAN and emphasized that MY existed from all eternity as the only material or substantial CAUSE of the external world. His views were savagely attacked by RMNUJA who accused him of being a crypto-BUDDHIST and claimed that his intellect was warped through sexual perversions.

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