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 .
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.sarada devi
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.
Almost all of you have heard of the word Maya. Generally it is used, though incorrectly, to denote illusion , or delusion, or some such thing. But the theory of Maya forms one of the pillars upon which the Vedanta rests; it is, therefore, necessary that it should be properly understood.
The oldest idea of Maya that we find in the Vedic literature is the sense of delusion ; but then the real theory had not been reached. We find such passages as, " Indra through his Maya assumed various forms." Here it is true the word Maya means something like magic , and we find various other passages, always taking the same meaning.
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 .
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 .
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.
Whatever Monument 6 has to tell us pertains to the dedication of the builidng associated with the sculpture. It has nothing to do with prophecy of the supposed dread events that await us in AD 2012. About that the Maya are notably silent … or, truth be told, a bit boring.
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."
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 .
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.
There are two predominant views among Hindu scholars relating to the concept of Maya. In some philosophical systems, Maya refers to the mysterious power (or the cosmic energy) of the Supreme Being with which he projects the universe from Himself. Because of Maya things and beings are brought into existence, incarnations are born, humans play their roles on the stage of life, and the divine play of life (leela) continues age after age.
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 ).
Prakriti and Maya are similar concepts. Prakriti is the primal matter with the qualities of sattva , rajas , and tamas , whereas Maya is cosmic ignorance with the triple powers of satva rajas and tamas.
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.
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, that there is but one reality, God. This is metaphysical Monism of the idealistic-spiritual type, tending towards mysticism .
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