“Advaita adherents are mushrooming everywhere, because it is largely an intellectual philosophy that one can embrace without changing one’s life.”
(quote probably taken from internet … too long ago to remember)
understanding of the first word renders the remainder of the statement meaningless:
Advaita means non-duality
it contends that pure Awareness is all there is – a claim that’s easily verified for oneself
and once verified, one’s left in head-shaking bemusement –
where are all these ‘adherents’ to be found?
exactly who does all this ’embracing?’
and who could exist independently, to change ‘their’ life?
it might be more accurate to say that Advaita appeals to intelligence rather than the intellect
perhaps … but idle speculation nonetheless
what ‘appears’ to happen is that even one wideawake peek into the unarguable logic of non-duality changes everything
without ‘you’ doing diddlysquat