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  1. What is Maya? Does this Maya need to be embraced or does it need to be questioned? Why is it so difficult to comprehend?

    Maya means that which appears but when you try to catch it, it doesn’t get into your hand. That is why it is Maya. Something appears and you go to catch it and you can’t catch it. That is how everything in the world is. You see something so beautiful a ...
  2. Gurudev, all the scriptures proclaim that the appearance of this world is the handiwork of Maya. But Vedanta says it is of ignorance. How can the two statements be reconciled?

    There are two meaning for Maya. First of all, Maya means that which you cannot catch. There is another meaning for Maya – that which could be measured. The English word ‘measure’ comes from ‘miyate’. ‘Miya’ means to measure. So this entire crea ...
  3. Gurudev, can you please explain the concept of Avidya and Maya?

    Maya means all that can be measured. The English word measure comes from the Sanskrit word Maya. ‘Miyate anaya iti maya’ Miyate means to be measured. Everything that can be measured is Maya. The five el ...
  4. If the creator is real then how can this world which is part of the creator be an illusion?

    What does illusion mean? Illusion means appears to be. See in a hologram, all the figures appear. In the hologram all the rays are real, but the figures are temporary. They are not the real existence. Do you understand what I’m saying? Actually t ...
  5. Dear Gurudev, please throw light on what is Maya, and the different types of Maya.

    There are three types of Maya. The first is Moh Maya. When one becomes too much attached to money or children such that it blinds them, it is called Moh Maya. There are many people who go after money, money, mon ...
  6. Dear Gurudev, according to the Vedic scriptures, the whole world is an illusion, including the Galaxy, Universe, etc. I am not able to comprehend this. If you could please explain this further.

    Yes, it is obvious. If you study quantum physics, it says the same thing. The name and shapes of objects is not real, what is real is that they are all part of One Wave Function. Everything is made up of One energy. This is what the Vedanta always sai ...
  7. Dear Gurudev, according to the Vedic scriptures, the whole world is an illusion, including the Galaxy, Universe, etc. I am not able to comprehend this. If you could please explain this further.

    Yes, it is obvious. If you study quantum physics, it says the same thing. The name and shapes of objects is not real, what is real is that they are all part of One Wave Function. Everything is made up of One energy. This is what the Vedanta alw ...
  8. Gurudev, what is the purpose behind this Creation, Maya (the grand illusion), and the cycle of life and death?

    Do you play cricket? Now why do you play it? It is so pointless to run with a bat in your hand from one end of the pitch to the other! Why waste so many hours on that? All you do is throw the ball from one place to another on the field. What do you re ...
  9. I have three questions. If God is present as consciousness in everyone, then why do we search for Him within ourselves? Why has He created Maya (delusion)? Why does He let wrong things happen in the world?

    Yes, you have asked a good question. The answer for this is that He does not like to remain quiet. Only if there is some chaos can He come down as an avatar to solve it. It is a game. I will ask you a similar question. Why do people play football or cr ...
  10. Gurudev, few days back you were discussing about Maya (Illusion) and I thought about my mother-in-law. God has given her everything. She has a nice house, servants, car and a daughter-in- law like me. But despite of all this her face is always serious grim. And surprisingly her name is also Maya. Now I know what is Maya. Please let me know how to get liberated from Maya. (Laughter)

    I will first ask ‘Maya’ (referring here to the mother-in-law) and then let you know! (Laughter) Maybe she also wants freedom from someone. Liberation is not one sided. See, even your mother has scolded you at many times, is it not so? There isn’t a ...
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