MAHAMAYA – Illusion or Reality ?


Mahamaya…the goddess of perfection…the mother of all names and forms…she deludes the world with her illusion, and conjures up the magic of creation, preservation and destruction !!!

Maya means illusion. Mahamaya is devoid of illusion. Illusion pertaining to material objects and Mahamaya is correlated to wisdom. Human prowess is limited and hence he does not have an all round vision of life. His limited vision visualizes a limited world and thus he deludedly thinks it to be the be all and end all of life. It is like a frog in the well who is oblivious of the gigantic world outside the well. If only the frog comes out of the well, will it realize that his previous belief of the world was with intense limitations and that the world indeed is infinite.

A living being/creature of the world is bound by Maya (illusion) and hence is narrow minded. His desires, thinking and actions are ensnared by the net of Maya and hence they all are of a very low nature. He thus loses the wealth of life like a deer running after musk or like a traveler in a desert running after mirages. Self-realization helps one succeed both materially and spiritually. It is also called Mahamaya. Maya is a source of bondage and pain whereas seeking shelter of Mahamaya means attaining supreme peace. Mahamaya lays down the path of greatness and gives us the necessary soul force to walk on it.

I think that a good definition of an illusion is something that tricks us into believing a false idea. The dictionary says that an illusion is a misleading image, a mistaken idea. Yet it seems to me that many people mistakenly think of an illusion as something that has no reality to it at all – something that does not even exist! Even though our physical senses are doing their jobs perfectly, our incomplete picture tricks us into believing a false idea. Our false assumption that the feet that we see are the feet of the assistant leads to the incorrect conclusion that the assistant was cut in half. These two ideas are completely false but our raw perceptions are accurate. Once we see the bigger picture, we understand the true nature of the situation and we are no longer tricked by the illusion. So in a funny way, it can be said that an illusion is real. Yes, it has a reality to it. It’s just that its true reality is different from what we first thought. We were initially tricked into believing a false idea.

Reality is the state of the world of how it really is, whereas an illusion is erroneous interpretation of reality. Illusion versus reality is often referred to as deception of appearances. This is when something or something portrays itself as what it is not. Just like disguise, deception of appearances is an appearance in order to conceal one’s true attitude or identity. Illusions often derail people from their sanity, as they cause them to inadvertently live lives in accordance to false beliefs. As a result, the outcomes for these people, and the people around them, are often atrocious.

What is the true nature – the full nature – of reality? What role do we play in it? To what extent do we have freewill? To what degree do we control our own life? Are both life and death an illusion? Without the proper understanding of that subject, we would suffer from the effects of a very important false belief. And finally, are you an illusion? Is there more to you than meets the eye? While our magicians use ordinary means to create the illusion of a supernatural event, is God doing the opposite? Is God using supernatural means to creates the illusion of the ordinary world? Think about it.

Finally, quoting from the movie Now You See Me, “The closer you look, the less you see !!”

23 thoughts on “MAHAMAYA – Illusion or Reality ?

  1. Reblogged this on lovelifefriendship and commented:
    reality and illusion small words aren’t they but have so huge impact. Our mind you know is a wonderful thing , but no matter how wonderful like everything else its told to be ordinary. So what does it do, it creates a world, a construct and both reality and illusions are a part of this construct. Our mind needs to believe so it draws a line but you, you govern your mind and so you have the power to move the line- between real and imaginary. So what is real you ask….but why…the more important question is why is this real?

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