[Advaita-l] Is the concept of maya essential to explain advaita?

Sunil Bhattacharjya sunil_bhattacharjya at yahoo.com
Sun Jan 22 22:40:49 CST 2012

Namaste Kalyanji,

The Nasadiya Sukta shows the helplessness of the created entities in assessing the capability and attributes of the Brahman, which cannot be an object separate from any other entity. Only an object, separate from the observer, can be studied well. At the time of revelation of the Nasadiya sukta the Bhagavad Gitopanishad was not revealed. It may be for that reason that the Lord revealed in the Bhagavad Gita that he created using his Maya (referMayoya).


Sunil KB

 From: Kalyan K <kalyankc.81 at gmail.com>
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Sent: Sunday, January 22, 2012 6:50 AM
Subject: [Advaita-l]  Is the concept of maya essential to explain advaita?
Namaste Venkatesh-ji,

>If you are saying Maya is Ishwara's Sakti used for creation and
>activity it is correct. No problem. But where is Sruti saying the
>Ishwara Sakti is Mithya? There is no such thing Mithya anywhere.

There is a sukta in the Rig Veda that goes by the name of nAsadIya sUkta.
(RV 10.129)

In this sUkta, sruti expresses doubt as to whether even Ishwara knows how
all this creation came about. If you read this sUkta, you will feel that
its tone is as close as you can get to the description of mAya and avidya
in advaita. So yes, there is evidence in sruti to show that Ishwara's own
omniscience and hence his Shakti is doubtful.

Having said that, mithyatva is something that has vyavaharika validity but
is sublated on knowledge of brahman. So Ishwara, being a jnani, knows that
his own shakti is

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