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Off The Cuff Utterances


" Without maya there is no bondage
without bondage there is no seeking
without seeking there is no awareness

without awareness there is no freedom "

MAYA
I L L U S I O N
Part - 15

Life can be quite meaningless without the existence of maya. All the purpose and reason and meaning in life has been caused by maya. But it appears even this understanding or the ignorance of maya is possible only because of maya.

Disciple : Sometimes it appears that I have
understood it well, but yet I slip from that
understanding soon. It becomes very
consfusing at times !
Master : True. Thats why the spiritual path is
compared to the razor's edge !
Disciple : Why such a comparison ?
Master : Because, if you try to walk on the razor's
edge, the slipping out of the path
can be very frequently possible !
Disciple : It can be difficult to strike a balance ?
Master : Not just that. Even you dont slip,
stil the razor's edge can hurt you due to its sharpness !

Spirituality is a unpleasant task, if the seeker does not understand the ways of maya well. He would be nourishing some secret achivements even on the spiritual path. He can get frustrated with expected results never met. The seeker must know that any aspiration or ambition in material or spiritual life comes from maya only.

Disciple : The urge to be spiritual is also
the same maya effect ?
Master : Yes, even the urge to get
enlightened is by the same effect !
Disciple : Oh, Its shocking to hear !
Master : Why, even the feeling of being
bound by the 'world' is by the same effect !

The ability to create illusory perceptions alone is not the greatness of maya but also make people believe in them as real. Its ability to be credible in the world makes maya very special. It need not be ignored or rejected. Not destroyed or erased. But understood well adapt to it with total awareness.

Disciple : Once again, how to describe maya ?
Master : That which makes you believe in the
existence of past and future is maya !
Disciple : Do you say the past and
future does not exist ?
Master : Yes, atleast it does not exist,
in the way you see the past and future !

Wherever there is time and space involved, there maya is active too. The secret hopes you have for the distant unknown future and the indelible memories you carry from the distant past have divided you in to many indescribable parts. Maya thrives in those fragmented parts and keeps the man ignorant about it.

Disciple : So what exactly is true freedom ?
Master : Freedom from the influences of
maya is the true freedom !
Disciple : In other words, freedom
from maya is true freedom ?
Master : True, you summed it up so well !
Disciple : Living in the body but not
taking the body alone as real, thinking
by mind but not taking the mind alone
as real, living in the illusory world
created maya but still not influenced
by it, is what true freedom ?
Master : You said it all, bravo ! But
there is only one more thing to add..
Disciple : May I know what is that ?
Master : To remain rooted fully in
the consciusness from within, even
though it is not visible to the senses !
Disciple : Now my understanding is complete !