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Māyā

Arvind Sharma

in Classical Hindu Thought

Published in print July 2001 | ISBN: 9780195658712
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199082018 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195658712.003.0014
Māyā

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This chapter discusses the concept of māyā. This term is the key to understanding the relationship between Brahman and the universe in which we live and breathe and have our existence. In referring to the world as māyā, classical Hindu thought is suggesting that ‘there is something tricky’ about the universe, whether it tricks us in terms of fact or value. For those who follow the path of devotion or prefer the theistic standpoint, māyā is that quality of the world which distracts us from God: ‘seductive in the attractiveness in which it presents the world, trapping us within it and leaving us with no desire to journey on’.

Keywords: Brahman; Māyā; theistic standpoint; universe; classical Hindu thought; Hinduism

Chapter.  1571 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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