Maya is an illusion that distorts your perception

Published: 18th July 2013 10:59 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th July 2013 10:59 AM   |  A+A-


But the way in which this sacrifice was performed was very humane and painless. A blade of sacred grass (darbha) was charged with a mantra and infused with divine Shakti (Energy). The animal voluntarily agreed to the sacrifice, since through this it would obtain complete liberation from the cycle of birth and death. When the horse was touched with this charged blade of grass between the eyebrows, it would give up its pranashakthi (life energy) and offer its own body as a sacrifice.

This was totally painless, non-violent and based on the voluntary consent of the animal. That is why the horse for this sacrifice was selected through a rigorous screening process. Uma asked, “Pujya Guruji, what is the significance of the Bindu (point) at the centre of the Shri Chakra ?” Shri Nimishananda Guruji said,“The Bindu is a point that symbolises the origin and dissolution of all creation. This cosmos was created by the divine mother who is Adiparashakthi (The Primordial Infinite Energy) and will merge once more with her only to re-emerge later. This periodic cycle of creation and dissolution is symbolised by the Shri Chakra, which is installed before the divine mother Nimishamba at Ganjam.

Manidweepa (the Isle of Jewels) is the abode of the divine mother in the subtler realm. Manikya Peeta (Throne of Rubies) which is the sacred seat of the divine mother in Manidweepa is the Bindu from where the entire cosmos materialised. The four Vedas are the four legs of this supremely sacred Manikya Peeta.” Uma asked, “Pujya Guruji, does the Bindu exist within us also?” Shri Nimishananda Guruji said, “The Bindu exists in the Muladhara Chakra (Chakra at the base of the spine) and the Sahasrara Chakra (the Crown Chakra).” Umanath asked,“Pujya Guruji, can you give us some examples to help us to understand what Maya is? ” Shri Nimishananda Guruji said, “Maya is an illusion that distorts your perception. It deceives the mind into believing that the very limited picture it sees is the entire truth. As all of you know, the upper tip of the earth (Globe) is the North Pole. When you stand on the North Pole, the sky is above you and the ground lies below.

When you visualise the globe as you are at the North Pole, you imagine that the south Pole is diametrically at the opposite end. Now if you go and stand on the South Pole, you will discover that the sky is still overhead and the ground continues to lie below.

To a person who does not understand how the law of gravity works, this appears completely bewildering, because his viewpoint is limited.

This article is taken from the book ‘Wisdom Through the Eyes of Nimishananda’ by His Holiness Shri Shri Nimishananda Guruji

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