The Substance of Maya
- One of the most inept translations
of the word "maya" offered by
the neo-Hindu and the step-child
Buddhist is "illusion". And that
leads to a lot of confusion and
twisting of logic (not to mention
strangling of language - which
will be mentioned later)in an
attempt to fit a somehow plausible
explanation of nondual realization
and its big sister "enlightenment"
into the necessarily dualistic nature
of person-to-person communication -
in person, or in pixels.
Maya - the realm of thought, skin
and bone, and waves and particles
of matter, may be viewed as a "secondary"
or mundane reality, once the "primary"
or separate reality is "known" through
the prism of enlightenment, but trying
to overlay nondual language on the
duality of the physical world leads
to silly semantics and the gobbledegooks
Maya has its own "reality", and
all blood, sweat and tears beings
are part of it. No me, no you,
nothing...is nonsense (and not
in a good way)to the unenlightened,
and unnecessary for the enlightened.
Using terms like illusion, or "the
APPEARANCE of...say,oysters", is
silly. These teeth-chilling
"teachings" reveal a gap in
direct experiential knowledge,
and a dependence on what amounts
to superstitious fawning and
pathetic parroting. (See
This is why meditation - the
diamond point of stillness - is
the most often reported chariot
of the gods. Here there are
no words, just pristine clarity.
The person who earlier took negative
connotation goes up in a puff
of ether, and the "reborn"
person steps into perfection -
yet cannot put into words
what they now know.
They can only point to the moon. (Osho)
2 cents OBO,
- No offense, Jeff, but you are using as much dualism to interpret nonduality...and you criticise Buddha's teaching from a fledgling understanding of the deeper teachings. The fact that you believe all things to have some type of existence "in front of you" and like to attack the "illusory" way that they appear, show a deeper reality of the definition of parroting.Things are not illusions, they are LIKE illusions. Sit still long enough on the proper object and the "step-child" you are criticizing will turn out to be your mother.Thanks, but it was in fact simply two cents...but you're on to something!SonamAs long as space remains, as long as living beings remain, until then - may I too remain to dispel the sufferings of the world. - Master Shantideva
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