[Advaita-l] Define MAYA ?

sreenivasa murthy narayana145 at yahoo.co.in
Mon Jun 8 09:04:55 EDT 2020

 Dear Sri Mahadevan Iyyer,
Sri Gaudapada,  paramaguru  of  Sri Shankara, 
says  in  Mandukya  karike  thus:
sA  mAyA  yA na vidyatE ||
What one sees by his eyes is mAya.What senses are showing is mAyA.
With regards,Sreenivasa Murthy

    On Monday, 8 June, 2020, 9:46:52 am GMT+1, Mahadevan Iyer via Advaita-l <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:  
 Pranams Atman,
I came across many definitions & descriptions of Maya.

1. As per Wikipedia (

> *Māyā is the empirical reality that entangles consciousness.* *Māyā has
> the power to create a bondage to the empirical world, preventing the
> unveiling of the true, unitary Self—the Cosmic Spirit also known as
> Brahman.*

 2. *MAYA – The seed-state as POTENTIAL ENERGY. *

> Due to the connection between the PURE CONSCIOUSNESS (BRAHMAN) and MAYA,
> the phenomenon called ISHWARA as CREATOR naturally transpires.

( *Brahman with Maya = Ishwara* )

> Due to the connection between the PURE CONSCIOUSNESS (BRAHMAN) and AVIDYA
> (IGNORANCE), the phenomenon called the individual (JIVA) naturally
> transpires.

( *Brahman with Avidya = Jiva* )

3. MAYA - That which is *wielded by ( attribute of ) Ishwara to create Jiva
& Jagat*.
4. Maya is *Brahman with apparent Avidya*, which causes Ishwara.
6. Maya is the *Cosmic dream of Brahman.* ( but brahman is nirguna )
7. Maya is *Ignorance from Ishwara perspective* ( like avidya is ignorance
from Jeeva perspective )
8. *Maya is Anadi*, hence it has no inception. But *has an end through

  - Is Maya a noun or a verb ?

  - Avidya is clearly understood as the ignorance of Jiva. The locus of
  avidya is in the jiva's mind. But what about Maya ? Could we say that the
  Maya is the ignorance of Ishwara ?

  - Kindly convey the best definition for MAYA ?

*Hari Om,*
Mahadevan Iyer
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