Illusion, Maya

10/04/2011 Comments Off on Illusion, Maya

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

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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