Illusion, Maya

10/04/2011 Comments Off on Illusion, Maya

il·lu·sionNoun/iˈlo͞oZHən/
1. A false idea or belief: “he had no illusions about her”.
2. A deceptive appearance or impression: “the illusion of togetherness”

ma·yaNoun/ˈmīə/
1. The supernatural power wielded by gods and demons to produce illusions.
2. The power by which the universe becomes manifest

The world illusion, maya, is individually called avidya, literally, “not-knowledge,” ignorance, delusion. Maya or avidya can never be destroyed through intellectual conviction or analysis, but solely through attaining the interior state of nirbikalpa samadhi.

~ Paramhansa Yogananda

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