The origin of Maya

January 1, 2021 | Acharya Prashant

Acharya Prashant (AP): Māyā and Brahm are beginningless for you. ‘For you’ because the question is coming ‘from you’. So, to you, these two are beginningless. Why are these two beginningless? Why can’t their origin be known? - Because Māyā does not comprise of an entity called ‘Māyā*’. *Māyā is verily the questioner himself. Māyā resides in the questioner. All questions are Māyā. A question implies a lack of knowledge.

So, the questioner is Māyā. If you can reach the beginning of Māyā then you say, “I have reached the beginning of Māyā and here Māyā is no more." When you reach the beginning of something, is that thing any more there? - No, you have reached the end of that thing. Right?

If you have reached the end of that thing, who is there now still remaining to say, “Oh! I have reached the end of that thing”? See, you are the one who is trying to trace the origin of Māyā. So, you trace the origin of Māyā and you let’s say, let’s assume, reached the origin somehow. And upon managing to reach the origin, what do you exclaim? You say, “Oh! I have found the beginning of Māyā!”

So, you have found the beginning of Māyā and you still remain to say that you have found the beginning of Māyā. If you indeed do still remain to say that the beginning of Māyā has been found, then what remains alive and intact in your form? Māyā itself. If Māyā still remains alive and intact in your form, have you reached the beginning of Māyā?

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Acharya Prashant is an emerging champion of socio-spiritual awakening in the world today. An alumnus of IIT-Delhi and IIM-Ahmedabad, and a former Civil Services officer, Acharya Prashant is an acclaimed Speaker, Vedanta Teacher and author of over 50 books. Apart from that he wears various hats: a veganism promoter, an environmental activist, a science activist, a campaigner against superstition, and a champion of essential human freedom. Know More

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