Two weeks in and this is starting to get real. Or should I say, not real. After all, only that is real that does not change nor cease to exist.
Let’s begin where it all begins. With Brahman.
Infinite. Uncaused. Eternal. Supreme Reality of the Vedanta philosophy. Source of Being, Intelligence and Bliss. Sat-Chit-Ananda. The upholder of the creation but unaffected by it.
We are surrounded and engulfed by Maya (illusion).
Maya pulls us away with strong and false comforting arms from reaching Atman, our true self, which is one with Brahman. Think about anything tangible. Let’s take a building. Think about how the building came to be as the illusion it is. It is all just little pieces of matter collaborating together to make an object which ultimately, can cease to exist if broken apart. It can change, manifest and be disregarded and cease to be what we perceive it to be. Much like our bodies.
Maya manifests in the individual in the form of Avidya (ignorance). Avidya makes us forget that we are the Self (Atman) and we identify with the Uphadis. Keeping up? Uphadis are that which veil the consciousness – or otherwise known as the body and mind. The self identifying with the Uphadis is called Jiva. Jiva believes itself to be bound and limited by the Uphadis and consequently suffers. Jiva will have to be born and reborn again until realizing his true nature – Atman.
”Atman is the person in the earth and the person in the body… in fire and in speech; in wind and in breath; in the Sun and in the eye; in truth and truthfulness; in humanity and in the human; in the Self and in the self.”
This makes for a beautifully visionary experience watching the world go by, being peeled apart like a refreshing satsuma, dripping into the hands that hold it.