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Māyā is a spiritual concept connoting "that which exists, but is constantly changing and thus is spiritually unreal", and the "power or the principle that conceals the true character of spiritual reality.

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Do most scholars agree that Shiva and Vishnu are both free from Maya?

Are Shiva and Vishnu, both of them, free from Maya, and do all or almost all schools of Hindu theology believe they are?
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How would Hindu theologians respond to this quote by Plato?

"The evil is that the soul of every man, when it is greatly pleased or pained by anything, is compelled to believe that the object which caused the emotion is very distinct and very true; but it ...
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The need for Maya

Why is there a need for Maya? Lord Krishna can run a world full of happiness without any Maya and sorrow? That would keep everyone happy. Wouldn't it? What is the justification given by Krishna for ...
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Why was Sita abandoned?

Initially this question might appear to be duplicate of this question but I have some separate doubts which aren't addressed in that question. According to Vālmikī, Śrī Rāmacandra abandoned Sītā to ...
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Existence of Maya and God

Would God help only those who are Good or follow Dharma ( I know this is false as there are many stories in which he helped people who were under Maya ) still what I don't get is Why can't he help ...
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What exactly is Moola Avidya? Is it found in Adi Shankaracharya's Prasthana Traya Bhashya?

Shree Satchdanandendra Saraswati Swamiji claims that Moola Avidya is an add on concept which was later inserted into Advaita by Bhamati and Panchapadika Vivarana school. He says it is not found in the ...
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The difference between the term ‘Maya’ used for Rakshasas and Brahman respectively

Maya, is a frequently used term across various scriptures with different connotations as below:- When talking of Brahman, Maya is used in the context of jada Prakriti tattva as is stated in the ...
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What's the point in striving for moksha?

Whatever we see around us (manifestation and everything) is nothing but Brahman's play/leela. This is told in a few texts.  Brahmasutra 2.1.33 लोकवत्तु लीला कैवल्यम्। lokavattu līlā kaivalyam। ...
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Is Mayasura a Daitya or Danava? What is the important difference between these two groups?

In Mahabharata, Mayasura is said to be the architect of the Daityas. But, in Bhagavata Purana Mayasura is called the Danava King (Canto 5, Chapter 24, Verse 28). Surely there must be some significance ...
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Which scripture or advaita text says that the world of multiplicity is Brahman's lila?

Can someone provide verse from Shastras or Advaita texts where it says that this jagat with all its multiplicity is Brahman's lila?
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In Advaita, what is space, time and causation and how do they operate in relation to Brahman?

Firstly, i would be thankful if someone provides me a simple explanation of space, time and causation. Secondly, Vivekananda said in his books, that Brahman, the Absolute has become the universe by ...
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explain with reference to bhagavat geeta "why humans feel "I"

With reference to chapter 7 sloka 6 and the commentary offerred by sri T.N.Sethumadhavan at esomskruthi.com (a) the three divinly components viz para, apara prakruthis and the soul are ...
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Advaita : Does Brahman remain actionless?

The Gita says Brahman/Atman is simply a witness and its the Maya or prakriti that acts. The Advaitins also holds the same belief. If Maya is not a separate entity, i.e. if Brahman and Maya are ...
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Where does Maya reside?

Jiva is said to be covered in 5 sheath or koshas as you can read here. My question is - does Maya resides in or part of or is active (not sure what is better word) in any specific sheath? When the ...
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Who is an “Adhishtathri”?

I have heard that Lord Shiva made Mother Parvati the “adhishtathri” of tantra sidhdhi. I have also heard ISKCON Acharyas saying that Mother Parvati is the “adhistathri” of maya. I would like an answer ...
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What does the Vedic term ' MAYA ' truly mean? [duplicate]

I've heard that by the Vedic doctrine of MAYA, everything that we see around is an illusion. Thus, by this doctrine, the sun, the moon, the billions of stars in the night sky as well as mountains, ...
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Maya and Lord Shiva

From the lecture of HG Amogh Lila Prabhu 2:49-3:03 Quoting HG: This tatva(Lord Shiva’s) is unaffected by Maya;it is neither beyond(transcending) Maya,neither is it polluted by Maya,it is pure. ...
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Understanding Maya or Prakriti as the Supreme Goddess. Or the difference between the two. Also why is a female goddess personified as Maya?

Gist: Understanding Prakriti or Maya. Is she Jada or chetana or both. Since supreme goddess is Maya, Maya is not necessarily a bad or scary thing as is commonly stated. this answer too speaks very ...
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Why do both Advaitins and Dvaithins believe that Mithyathva or Falsity of world cannot be true?

In the famous Advaitasiddhi vs Nyayamrutha debate. Here in Chapter VIII, page 77 First Vyasatirtha poses the following dilemma. Is the falsity of world true or false? Then he proceeds to show how both ...
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How can consciousness and or Brahman be attached to maya?

I am confused by the whole mechanism of enlightenment or self realization. If one's self is actually the universal self or brahman which is beyond maya how can it get attached to it?
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Among Vishnu's avataras was Krishna the only one to demonstrate the power of Maya?

I think all the Gopis thought Krishna was with them, through his Maya. But the Rama Avatara seems to have been earnest and straightforward throughout. As Vishnu, he should have been able to deploy ...
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What's the difference between a Māyāví & Siddha?

Śrī Kṛṣṇā at various instances in the Mahābhārata showed his various divine opulences in myriad ways. But, several people used the word Māyāví for dismissing it as something tāmasī or non-...
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How do Hindus perceive the world? [duplicate]

Every Hindu believes that he lives in his own world, created by his imagination (Mayan prism), and that all people in his world are just imaginary characters (illusion), in which there are no thoughts,...
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Are there any verses related to the beginning of everything?

To elaborate on the question, I am assuming that in the beginning there was no Atma stuck in maya, is there any information on how the perfect Atma got stuck in Maya? Is my assumption wrong? To build ...
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How does Upadhi create Bheda in Abheda Brahman according to Advaita?

TLDR: It's easy to explain confusing a rope to be a snake. But how is spatial dimension imagined? Does Brahman have spatial dimension. If yes how is that not Bheda? If no, then how is spatial ...
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Truth in Advaita

To which theory of truth does the advaita vedanta relate? The correspondance theory, the coherence theory, or another one? If truth, in Adi Shankara's comprehension, is understood as the ...
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What is the difference between concepts of Maya in Hinduism and Buddhism?

How is the illusion in Buddhism and Hinduism different?An author writes <<The concepts of maya, avidya, vyayaharika-satya and paramarthika-satya, advaya, prajna, the unreality of the universe ...
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Shlokas about "time, pradhana, maya are eternal" from the third person's view

Srila Prabhupada wrote that the Supreme Lord, souls, prakriti and time are eternal in the Bhagavad Gita introduction. So, I need the shlokas which tell that "time is eternal", "pradhana ...
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Do mentally ill people get karmaphala?

Is thinking that the body is the self a form of mental illness/disorder ? If a Psychopath(alex) killed people but in his mind he thought that he actually helped the victims from some mysterious ...
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Importance of penance in life

I have been once informed by my GURUDEV that everything one gains in life is because of some or the other penance performed earlier,i.e., we have enjoyments at the cost of losing something or being ...
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Are saguna deities part of Maya in Advaita?

There is the notion of Krama Mukti - going towards nirguna Brahman in stages - but once the veil of Maya is pierced, does Advaita say the deities are no longer real?
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Why is the concept of "Maya" logical?

We start with the basic assumption that Maya is all that we see, our perspective on reality, and that includes the jiva and the Prakriti as well. Do the Upanishads provide any insights into why ...
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Why does Brahman appear as Maya?

What is the need for Brahman to differentiate into Maya and allow sentient beings to exist and contemplate the meaning of itself. If Brahman is eternal consciousness, reality and bliss, doesn't it ...
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Are Siddhis Illusory and part of Maya?

When Buddha and some other ascended masters attained enlightenment were gifted with special abilities or Siddhis. Buddha was even able to recall his previous lives and his and other people's karmas ...
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Is any malevolent entity(like satan/iblis in abrahmic religions)present in Hinduism? [duplicate]

I would like to know if any malevolent entity is present in Hinduism which us equivalent to devil in abrahmic religions.If I remember correctly, once Srila Prabhupada compared Maya to satan/devil and ...
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Have anyone seen golden arch at Gandi Kshetra?

Have anyone seen golden arch built by vayu for Rama, at Gandi Kshetra, British officer Thomas Monroe has apparently seen? Is it visible to those who're turiya?
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What is the difference between Maya, Mahamaya and Yogamaya?

What is the difference between Maya, Mahamaya and Yogamaya according to our holy scriptures?
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Asura’s interaction with Maya

According to Hindu literature, how Asuras (demons) are interacting with Maya? What are relevant passages where someone can start studying about this?
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According to Advaita, what is the difference between Ishwara and Brahman?

I would like to know the difference between Ishwara and Brahman. If Ishwara is saguna rupa of Brahman then is it real or maya?
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What are the different concepts of Maya available in different scriptures and different sects?

What are the different concepts of Maya available in different scriptures and different sects? Please mention the uniqueness of each concept clearly.
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According to ISKCON, what is the difference between Brahmavada and Mayavada?

As it is well known, ISKCON (and other Vaishnavas for that matter) strongly criticize philosophy of Advaita. Srila Prabhupada himself criticized Mayavada in his various commentaries on Vaishnava ...
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How do Advatins classify Vaikuntha and other lokas according to their philosophy?

Do advaitins believe in Vaikuntha and other lokas and see them as eternal?
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What is the status Of Rudra's alleged delusion by Krishna?

There is a claim that Krishna has stated in the Mahabharata that he has illusioned Rudra and others: http://www.vrindavana.net/academy/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/visnu-sahasra-nama-baladeva-I.pdf ...
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Do the long term actions of Avataras survive the end of the respective Avataras?

There is a claim that Krishna has stated in the Mahabharata that he has illusioned Siva and others: http://www.vrindavana.net/academy/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/visnu-sahasra-nama-baladeva-I.pdf ...
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Do other scriptures have different interpretations of Maya from the Tantric interpretation?

Other scriptures would include Bhagavad Gita and Advaitic scriptures.
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“Everything is predetermined” - Ramana Maharishi. Can someone please provide an explanation or sources which delve into this further? [duplicate]

Below is from one of the talks with Ramana Maharishi Day by Day with Bhagavan”, Pg 78, (on 4.1.46, afternoon)] “With reference to Bhagavan’s answer [above] to Mrs. Desai’s question on the evening ...
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Shri Krushna's revelation of his real identity

Shri Krushna had made many others understand "who is he" -- Shri Narayana himself, supreme Brahman. But after revealing his real identity, he made them forget the revelation by using "Maya", the ...
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Is the goddess Bhumi the Maya of Atman

Bhumi is the coat the dress of Atman so if all sentient beings are born. How did Atman become a jiva Atman ?
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What are the differences in teachings between Yoga Vasista, Ashtavakra Gita, and Vivekachudamani?

Yoga Vasistha (योग-वासिष्ठ), Ashtavakra Gita (अष्टावक्रगीता), and Vivekachudamani (विवेकचूडामणि) are teachings about Enlightenment and (Moh)Maya. What are the Philosophical differences between these ...
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Do any sects that do not subscribe to advaita believe in the concept of Maya?

Instead of the popular meaning illusion, I like the definition from http://vedantastudent.blogspot.com/p/maya.html "Maya creates apparent multiplicity in a universe where only Brahman really exists."...
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