Maya, the power of Brahman

On the other side of the world from the Mayan people in South America, the word Maya in Sanskrit means the power of Brahman, the Absolute Reality. Brahman is Sat-Chit-Ananda or Absolute Existence, Absolute Consciousness and Absolute Bliss. Brahman is impersonal but not without attributes. This explanation of the Absolute was taught by Shankara and is a belief of Hinduism. Shankara was born in India around A.D. 700-788. His teachings were based on the Vedanta, a monistic philosophy. The world was not created by Brahman but by Brahman’s power, Maya. [1, 2, 4]

Maya is everything, every day. Everything in the world is connected. At the subatomic structure everything is made up of quarks. [5] All of the planets are connected by the relationship between their elements which were once stardust. [3]  Maya day is every day throughout the world.

  1. Harper M.H., Gurus, Swamis, and Avataras; Spiritual Masters and Their American Disciples, (Westminster Press, Philadelphia, 1972) pp 10-15 [Amazon]
  2. Maya Is a Power of Brahman,” Sri Aurobindo Studies (Aug. 14, 2010) []
  3. Are we really all made of stardust?” []
  4. Shankara (Indian philosopher)” Britannica Online Encyclopedia []
  5. Nave R, “Quarks” []