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  1. R N Prasher says:

    Advaitvad, the concept that there is no “other” is the foundation of ancient Indian thought. It is distinct from Monism, which is related to the concept of God. The idea of there being “no other” implies a continuity in space, time, and even the additional dimensions of mind, intellect, ego and soul. “Na tu taddivitiyam bhavati”, “dvityadvai bhayam bhavati” – There is no other, perception as another is cause of fear. Fear leads to greed, anger and all the negative emotions. Advaitvad says, aham brahmasmi, tattvam asi – I am the Universe, so are you. This dissolves the illusion of inner and outer space created by the illusory walls, be this the skin or a clay pot. In Hindu ritual, before cremating a body, a clay pot is filled with water, a descendant of the deceased circumabulates the body while spilling the water and then he hits the pot on the ground breaking it. After it has been emptied of the universal life force, the walls of the pot, which created the illusion of the inner space and outer space, break and then the reality that there is no “other” dawns on the mourners.
    Here comes the significance of the distinction between dialogue and argument. The Sanskrit words for the latter is Vivad, which also means a dispute. The former, the dialogue, is samvad, the word sam meaning equal, as a prefix it means completely or absolutely. So, Samvad, is talking to someone on completely equal terms. The idea is important as “answer” is a fossilizing concept; all replies have to be treated as questions and all statements claiming to be answers need to be questioned to prevent stagnation of thought process.