What is Maya?

In Vedic philosophy, maya (Sanskrit: ma: not, ya: this) is the illusion of a limited, purely physical and mental reality in which our everyday consciousness has become entangled, a veiling of the true, unitary Self. One must seek to “pierce the veil” in order to glimpse the transcendent truth.In Hinduism, Maya must be seen through in order to achieve moksha (liberation of the soul from the cycle of death and rebirth). Maya is seen as the phenomenal universe, a lesser reality-lens superimposed on the one Brahman that leads us to think of the phenomenal cosmos as real. Maya is also visualized as part of the Divine Mother (Devi) concept of Hinduism. Maya is a lesser reality that must be overcome so that one is able to realize his or her true Self.

2 Responses to What is Maya?

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    with ‘we leave it to you to decide’.

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