MAYA AS CREATIVITY
Yuva Bharati|October 2020
“The senses cheat you day and night. Vedanta found that ages ago. Modern science is just discovering the same fact.” --- Swami Vivekananda
N.Krishnamoorti

Creativity Series - 30

Part - I

1. A well-known verse from Tamil Tirumoolar’s Tirumandiram refers to a wooden statue of on elephant. When you see the elephant, the wood is not seen. When you see the wood, the elephant is missing.

2. Maya is the hiding power. It is also called avidya, ignorance. It is the creative force of the Brahman, the Ultimate Reality.

3. Maya does not create a distance between an object and its appearance. Nor does it create a distance, a gap between the Brahman and the creation. The Brahman appears as the world. But substantially there is no difference between the two.

4. Maya is the Shakti of the Brahman. It is otherwise known on Prakriti, Avyakta or Avidya (nescience). Maya exists, but it does not exist as an independent entity second to Brahman. Its existence depends upon the existence of Brahman. Due to such dependent existence it is different from Brahman, non-different from Brahman, and neither different nor non-different from Brahman.

The President of a country is a person; he exists as an entity. The President has power and by virtue of that power he can do and does so many things. But the power of the President is not a separate entity, it has no independent existence. Advaita vedanta says that Maya exists, does not exist, and exists. It exists in an unmanifested form and hence is called Avyakta. As darkness is opposite of light, so Maya is opposite of knowledge, and hence is called Avidya. Brahman is eternal and timeless. It is beginningless and endless. Maya, being the power of Brahman, is beginningless and endless. It is eternal and timeless.

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