Ve·dan·ta (vĭ-däntə, -dăn-)
The system of philosophy that further develops the implications in the Upanishads that all reality is a single principle, Brahman, and teaches that the believer's goal is to transcend the limitations of self-identity and realize one's unity with Brahman.
[Sanskrit vedāntaḥ, complete knowledge of the Veda : Vedaḥ, Veda; see VEDA + antaḥ, end; see ant- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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