his is the only form to be regarded.
lndra, through maya (illusion), assumes many forms.
-Rig Veda 6:47.18
were but illusion (maya).
For you have never had an enemy,
neither today nor in former times.
-Rig Veda 10:54.2
and by means of maya, becomes entangled in it
as a separate entity (i.e. the jiva, the imprisoned soul).
Know prakriti to be maya,
and the great Lord to be the master of maya.
The entire universe is filled with those things
that are parts of His being.
-Shvetashvatara Upanishad 4:9-10
by the power of His maya,
covered Himself like a spider
with threads of primal matter (pradhana)-
Grant union with Brahman!
-Shvetashvatara Upanishad 6:10
revolving them all by the mystery of maya,
as if turning on a wheel.
-Bhagavad Gita 18:61
is difficult to overcome.
They who take refuge in me alone,
only they overcome maya.
-Bhagavad Gita 7:14
-Swami Nikhilananda, Introduction to Atmabodha, Self-Knowledge, pp.51- 52, Ramakrishna Vivekananda Center, New York, 1989.
-Swami Nikhilananda, Introduction to Atmabodha, Self-Knowledge, pp. viii-ix, 54- 56, Ramakrishna Vivekananda Center, New York, 1989.
crushing the world to pulp.
Crushing the world to pulp,
there is no escape,
however you may try to get out.
Between the two grinding stones of the hand mill of maya,
not a single creature survives.
The wheel is being worked by her five minions-
lust, anger, attachment, pride and avarice.
The three gunas pour handfuls of grain into the mill.
The flour is kneaded by ignorance,
and baked into a bread in the heated oven of karma.
Desire is the harlot
who has ruined home after home;
And great is the power of Kaal (Satan),
who makes a morsel of all.
"Listen," says Paltu, "none can escape being crushed
without love and devotion for the Lord."
For the grinding wheels of maya turn,
crushing the world to pulp.
-Paltu, Bani 1, Kundali 185, Paltu Sahib ki Bani, Vol.1, p.78, Belvedere Printing Works
and is greatly clinging to the mortals.
Without the Guru, emancipation (mukat, liberation) is not gained,
nor do double mindedness (dubidha, duality) and maya depart.
Whom do men call maya?
What work does maya do?
In woe and weal, has maya enchained this mortal,
and caused him to go about his business in ego.
Without divine Word (Shabd), doubt is not dispelled,
nor does pride depart from within.
-Guru Amardas, Adi Granth 67
-Inayat Khan, Sufi Message, The Sufi Message of Hazrat Inayat Khan vol. 9, p.224
the world is unreal (mithya):
the individual soul (jiva) is not different from Brahman.
-Shankara, Brahmajnanavalimala 5:21; The Spiritual Heritage of India, p.282 by Swami Prabhavanada, 1962;
deem them all as perishable, false (mithya),
and engrossed in duality.
The eternal Lord is ever stable and immovable:
by meditating on Him, O my soul (man, mind),
thou shalt be approved.
-Guru Ramdas, Adi Granth 861