Neti Neti (नेति नेति) is a Sanskrit expression which means "not this, not that", or "neither this, nor that". It is found in the Upanishads and constitutes an analytical meditation helping a person to understand the nature of Brahman by first understanding what is not Brahman.

Neti Neti as understood through the quadrilemma articulated by Kinhide Mushakoji (Global Issues and Interparadigmatic Dialogue; essays on multipolar politics, 1988):

  • this
  • that (namely not this)
  • this and that (namely this and not this)
  • neither this nor that

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