Without the help of the indescribable Maya, the neo-Vedantic doctrine cannot be sustained, Maya in the sense of avidya or the cause of illusion has never been used in the Vedas .
In other philosophical systems including Advaita Vedanta, maya is thought of as cosmic illusion or ignorance ( avidya ) that deludes the atman into forgetting its own divine nature. This forgetfulness of its true nature further causes the atman to mistakenly identify itself with the body and mind , assume individuality , and thus subject itself to the physical limitations in the phenomenal world ( samsara ).
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