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Panchadasi - (19)
« on: August 19, 2008, 02:50:37 PM »
The Chapter VI continues...

Verse 129:-  Since the effects of Maya are undeniably manifest,
its existence cannot be denied.  Being stultified by knowledge,
it cannot really be said to exist.  From the point of view of Absolute
Knowledge (of the Atman), it is always inoperative and hence

Verse 130:-  Maya is looked upon in three ways.  From the
point of view of the knowledge and Sruti, it is negiligible.
For empirical reasons, it is indefinable and for the ordinary
people, it is real.

Verse 131:- Maya exhibits the appearance and disappearance
in waking and sleeping states of the world, just by rolling
and unrolling a picture on a canvas, it is exhibited or withdrawn.

Verse 132:-  Maya is dependent, for in the absence of the
cognizing faculty the effects of Maya cannot be experienced. 
Again in one sense it is independent too, for it can make the
non-attached Atman appear to be attached.

Verse 133:-  Maya transforms the immutable Kutastha,
the ever association-less Atman, phenomenally into
the form of the universe.  Casting the reflection of Atman
on itself, Maya creates Jiva and Isvara.

Verse 134:-  Without in any way of affecting the real
nature of Atman, Maya creates the world.  It makes the
impossible look possible.  How astonishingly powerful Maya is!

Verse 137:- Those who believe in the reality of the world
regard the effects of Maya as wonderful.  But since the nature
of Maya is itself wonderful, one need not wonder at its power.

Verse 143:- Even if all the learned people of the world try to
determine the nature of this world, they will find themselves
confronted at some stage or other by ignorance.

Verse 144:-  In the end you will have to say, "I do not know".
Therefore the wise declare this world to be like a magic show.

Arunachala Siva. 


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Re: Panchadasi - (19)
« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2008, 07:02:00 PM »
Maya is the power of Brahman which has the capacity to show the real entity as false and the false as the real.
It makes us feel insentient as sentient and the sentient as the insentient.
It has the capacity to show bliss as misery and vice versa.
After doing all these the same Maya has the capacity to show the real as the real and the false as the false.