In the course of time one does not feel even the existence of God. After attaining enlightenment one sees that gods and deities are all Maya.
Our tragic age demands poetry of courage and not whimpers about the inevitable end of all Maya. People still extract pain of each other even after Buddha , Nanak and Gandhi have been preaching peace .
The ancient Hindu philosophers stated as a fundamental truth that the world of our sense - experience is all illusion (Maya), that change, plurality, and causation are not real, but there is one reality, God . This is metaphysical Monism of the idelalistic-spiritual type, tending towards mysticism .
Therefore, it is that Hinduism calls it all His sport Lila, or calls it an illusion Maya .
Thus annihilation means, in the Buddhist philosophy , only a dispersion of matter , in whatever form or semblance of form it may be; for everything that bears a shape was created, and thus must sooner or later perish i.e. change that shape. Therefore, as something temporary, though seeming to be permanent , it is but an illusion, Maya; for eternity has neither beginning nor end, the more or less prolonged duration of some particular form passes, as it were, like an instantaneous flash of lighting.
He Himself spread out the expanse of His Maya, and He Himself beholds it. He assumes so many forms, and plays so many games, and yet he remains distinct and detached from its all.
The Tantrik approach to self-realization is different from the Vedic approach. The former looks upon the Goddess as Shakti , energy , to be experienced while the latter looks upon the Goddess as Maya, delusion, to be transcended. The former is more sensory , the latter less so.
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 .
Wherever the word Maya occurs [In Rigveda] it is used only to signify the might or the power .
The word Maya in the Rigveda (RV) generally denotes “occult power” applicable in good sense to gods and in bad sense to demons , and may be be rendered by the English word “ craft ” having a similar double application. But is used in the sense of “ illusion ” or “show”, thus forestalling later Vedanta philosophy.
And the answer given was very significant: "Because we talk in vain, and because we are satisfied with the things of the senses , and because we are running after desires ; therefore, we, as it were, cover the Reality with a mist." Here the word Maya is not used at all, but we get the idea that the cause of our ignorance is a kind of mist that has come between us and the Truth .
Theories had been propounded and repeated, others had been taken up, until at last the idea of Maya became fixed. We read in the Shvetashvatara Upanishad, "Know nature to be Maya and the Ruler of this Maya is the Lord Himself." Coming to our philosophers, we find that this word Maya has been manipulated in various fashions, until we come to the great Shankaracharya.
Maya, one of the key terms in Hindu religious tradition, is used in various connotations, implying a principle, power or process. Since in Hindu view non-existence can never be the source of creation (just as a plant can never sprout without a seed), Maya is the metaphysical principle that is used in Hindu religion to explain the projection of the phenomenal world by Brahman .
According to the most Hindu representative view, the atman , when associated with a physical body, identifies itself with the body under the influence of Maya. Maya is the cosmic illusion or the original ignorance.
Maya has another face in the Bhagavata, however. This role of Maya is especially discernible under the name YogMaya, which occurs in the context of Krishna ’s lila . YogMaya covers the pure liberated souls in the lila and her power of illusion, such that they are unaware of Krishna’s real nature and thus relate to him not as God but rather as their friend, lover or child, and so on.
The concept of Prakriti and Maya fail to explain the Bliss aspect of the Divine .
The spirit , universal nature (whether called Maya , Prakriti or Shakti ) and the soul in living beings, Jiva , are the three truths which are universally admitted by all religious sects and conflicting religious philosophies of India .
It will happen, the witnessing of the display of Bolon-Yokte' in the great impersonation. This is actually much more than we should expect. Several Maya monumental texts look into the future, and the events 'prophesied' are almost always trivial: "It will be a Thursday, and Lord So-and-So's anniversary."
About many things in Hinduism I had been once inclined to believe that it was all imagination that there was much of dream in it, much that was delusion and Maya. But now day after day I realised in the mind , I realized in the heart , I realised in the body the truths of the Hindu religion.
I shall chide you no more. You and I shall smile together, so long as our two forms appear different in the Maya- dream of God . Finally we shall merge as one in the Cosmic Beloved; our smiles shall be His smile, our unified song of joy vibrating throughout eternity to be broadcast to God -tuned souls .
To love only members of the Bramho Samaj or of one's own family is Maya; to love one's own countrymen is may. But to love the people of all countries, to love the members of all religions , is daya . Such love comes from love of God, from daya ( compassion ).
In Hindu view, the cause of human birth is not Original Sin (from Christian doctrine), but the original ignorance called Maya. The difference between these two concepts is that the Original Sin is a moral error whereas the original ignorance (Maya) is the lack of the right knowledge of the Ultimate Reality, a metaphysical error.
The Hindu theory of reincarnation is based upon four basic principles: permanence of the atman , existence of Maya (the original ignorance ), liberation ( moksha ) of the atman from samsara and the law of Karma .
Everything other than Vasudeva , since it is a product of Maya, is not real. Vasudeva alone is real, is the dearest because He is the Self.
The external potency of Maya has two divisions. Jiva-Maya , the potency that obscures the pure consciousness of the jiva ; and guna -Maya the potency that manifests the material world .
He is the master magician ( mayavin ), Krishna is in the final analysis...Himself ... a product of this Maya.
Vishnu is said to be beyond purusa and prakriti or to include both. … prakriti, like Maya and shakti , in the Bhagavata, is something Vishnu possesses and controls. With prakriti becoming a goddess , or even identified with the Goddess, Devi , the old Samkhyan dualism, between a conscious spirit-person and an active but insentient material force was basically transcended “from the ground up.” P.30
Know therefore that Prakriti is Maya and the controlled of Maya is the Supreme Lord. All this world with all its beings are but parts of Him.