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This article is about a concept in Indian religions. In ancient Vedic literature, Māyā literally implies extraordinary power and wisdom. Indian traditions, Māyā connotes a “magic show, an illusion where things appear to be present but are not maya pdf books free download they seem”. Māyā is also a spiritual concept connoting “that which exists, but is constantly changing and thus is spiritually unreal”, and the “power or the principle that conceals the true character of spiritual reality”.

Vedic period onwards, the word came to mean “illusion, unreality, deception, fraud, trick, sorcery, witchcraft and magic”. In early Vedic usage, the term implies, states Mahony, “the wondrous and mysterious power to turn an idea into a physical reality”. Maya here implies art, is the maker’s power, writes Zimmer, “a mother in all three worlds”, a creatrix, her magic is the activity in the Will-spirit. 1st millennium BCE and later.

The use of word Māyā in Rig veda, in the later era context of “magic, illusion, power”, occurs in many hymns. The sages look into the solar orb, the ordainers desire the region of his rays. He constantly revolves in the midst of the worlds. The hymn is a call to discern one’s enemies, perceive artifice, and distinguish, using one’s mind, between that which is perceived and that which is unperceived. Rig veda does not connote the word Māyā as always good or always bad, it is simply a form of technique, mental power and means. Rig veda uses the word in two contexts, implying that there are two kinds of Māyā: divine Māyā and undivine Māyā, the former being the foundation of truth, the latter of falsehood. Maya is also referred to as Dirghajihvi, hostile to gods and sacrifices.

Their cry was, “Come, O Māyā, come thou hither” ! Her cow was Virochana Prahradi. Her milking vessel was a pan of iron. Dvimurdha Artvya milked this Māyā. The Asuras depend for life on Māyā for their sustenance.

One who knows this, becomes a fit supporter . The contextual meaning of Maya in Atharvaveda is “power of creation”, not illusion. Maya in Vedic literature is, “wisdom and power enabling its possessor, or being able itself, to create, devise, contrive, effect, or do something”. Maya stands for anything that has real, material form, human or non-human, but that does not reveal the hidden principles and implicit knowledge that creates it. An illustrative example of this in Rig veda VII. 24 and Atharva veda VIII. Hindu concept of Maya, states Jeffrey Brodd.

The impression of water-world the sketch gives, in reality is not what it seems. Ben-Ami Scharfstein, describes Maya as “the tendency to imagine something where it does not exist, for example, atman with the body”. To the Upanishads, knowledge includes empirical knowledge and spiritual knowledge, complete knowing necessarily includes understanding the hidden principles that work, the realization of the soul of things. Here ‘illusion’ does not mean that the world is not real and simply a figment of the human imagination. Lynn Foulston states, “The world is both real and unreal because it exists but is ‘not what it appears to be’. Maya is perceived reality, one that does not reveal the hidden principles, the true reality.

Maya is unconscious, Atman is conscious. Maya is born, changes, evolves, dies with time, from circumstances, due to invisible principles of nature, state the Upanishads. Atman-Brahman is eternal, unchanging, invisible principle, unaffected absolute and resplendent consciousness. Maya concept in the Upanishads, states Archibald Gough, is “the indifferent aggregate of all the possibilities of emanatory or derived existences, pre-existing with Brahman”, just like the possibility of a future tree pre-exists in the seed of the tree. The concept of Maya appears in numerous Upanishads. Brahman is the magician, human beings are infatuated with the magic and thus they create bondage to illusions and delusions, and for freedom and liberation one must seek true insights and correct knowledge of the principles behind the hidden magic. External and internal, as one knows so one remembers.