Topic: Maya, see also Illusion

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We see what we want to see Maya means "that which is not." It refers to the Supreme Person's energy of illusion, which makes us think our temporary body, which is a product of the material world, is the same as our eternal, spiritual self, the atma within the body. When we're under maya's influence, the attractive things in this world—wealth, fame, the opposite sex—appear real and desirable to...
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Srila Prabhupada [hearing the bells and music from a passing ice cream truck]: What is that? Disciple: An ice cream truck, Srila Prabhupada. Srila Prabhupada: Oh, ice cream. [Laughter.] You are taking ice cream? Huh? Disciple: No, Srila Prabhupada. Sometimes they make it with eggs or slaughterhouse by-products or who knows what. But anyway, the trucks go up and down the street. Srila Prabhupada...
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Yes and no. The engineer of the universe, Brahma, mentions Durga as Krishna's illusory energy—Maya—in his collection of prayers to Krishna known as the Brahma-samhita. The commentary to Srimad-Bhagavatam, 11.2.48 discusses this: ". . .the Brahma-samhita (5.44) says, sristhi-sthiti-pralaya-sadhana-shaktir eka chayeva yasya bhuvanani bibharti durga. Maya is like a shadow of the Supreme...