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One day one of Vivekananda's disciples approached him. Vivekananda was very happy with this disciple and said to him, "Ask me for something, and I shall give it to you."
The disciple said, "I have read your lectures on Maya and I want to know more about what it is."
Vivekananda replied, "Ask me for something else."
Maya can be difficult to describe. Vivekananda has described it as time/space/causation. I agree with that assessment.
I understand it as the illusory reality that keeps living beings from realizing their true nature as Brahman.
Imagine you're dreaming. Your character in the dream doesn't realize s/he's dreaming, and is ignorant to the fact that their true nature is the person asleep in a bed creating this dream reality. That is what I typically use as a rudimentary description for Maya.
Here is one of my favorite talks Vivekananda gives on Maya given by him in London in 1896: https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_...ekananda/Volume_2/Jnana-Yoga/Maya_and_Freedom
Here is a great lecture given by Swami Sarvapriyananda, the head of the Vedanta Society of New York:
Of course. Why would you think that?Probably not my place to reply here, but this is an open discussion forum.
Of course. Why would you think that?
I'm not sure what I mean really: but in the sense of expending much effort and energy on a better car, or better wristwatch -- not for better function, but for better form? Glamour deceives and causes wasted life energy, which could be operating in more useful ways -- or more 'skillfully' in Theravada terms -- while the valuable years of human incarnation pass wasted?
Nothing is ever wasted really -- it just feels that way sometimes?Yes, I agree, many valuable years can be wasted but it is the finish that counts. The wasted time can point us toward the more skillfull ways, as having exhausted all other avenues and still lacking spiritual satisfaction, we finally find that which has eluded us for all those years.
Yes. Most true. Thank you. That's a wisdomThis is often found, ironically, in the small things, the little things we have overlooked in our pursuit of earthly glamour.
That is what Buddha warned against in Kesamutti Sutta (aka Kalama Sutta):
Time is precious. We only have that much. Wasted time also counts.I agree, many valuable years can be wasted but it is the finish that counts.
I cannot listen to the video (because of my hearing problem, saves me time also. The video is 1 hour and 19 min. long). My explanation will not have the usual Hindu ideas, it will be scientific - How evolution guided the development of our sensory organs and perceptions, how the sense of 'I' develops in the womb and what brain makes of the inputs of sensory organs.
Hey, Salix, you have followed me here. Welcome to interfaith Forums.
Greetings Incendium, just wanted to say welcome to the list. Here's hoping you will find this list (as I have) to be full of many things, not the least of which is spiritual warmth. Hope to get around to watching the video a little later. Any friend of Aup's is a friend of ours.
edit: Being by nature curious, I was just wondering from what other place/list you came from. You don't have to answer of course, only if you feel safe doing so.