Samadhi Movie, 2017 – Part 1 – “Maya, the Illusion of the Self”

Samadhi Movie, 2017 – Part 1 – “Maya, the Illusion of the Self”

Samadhi is an ancient Sanskrit word, for which there
is no modern equivalent. There is a fundamental challenge with making
a film about Samadhi. Samadhi points to something that can’t be
conveyed on the level of mind. This film is simply the outer manifestation
of my own inner journey. The intention is not to teach you about Samadhi,
or provide information for your mind, but to inspire you to directly discover your true
nature. Samadhi is relevant now more than ever. We are at a time in history where we have
not only forgotten Samadhi, but we have forgotten what we forgot. This forgetting is Maya, the illusion of the
self. As humans most of us live immersed in our
daily lives, with little thought of who we are, why we are here, or where we’re going. Most of us have never realized the true self,
the soul or what the Buddha called annata – that which is beyond name and form, beyond
thinking. As a result we believe we are these limited
bodies. We live in fear, either conscious or unconscious,
that the limited self structure that we are identified with, will die. In today’s world the vast majority of people
who are engaged in religious or spiritual practices such as yoga, prayer, meditation,
chanting or any kind of ritual, are practicing techniques which are conditioned. Which means they are just part of the ego
construct. The seeking and the activity isn’t the problem-
thinking you have found the answer in some external form is the problem. Spirituality in its most common form is no
different than the pathological thinking that is going on everywhere. It is a further agitation of the mind. More human doing, as opposed to human being. The ego construct wants more money, more power,
more love, more of everything. Those on the so-called spiritual path desire
to be more spiritual, more awake, more equanimous, more peaceful, more enlightened. The danger for you watching this film is that
your mind will want to acquire Samadhi . Even more dangerous is that your mind might think
it has acquired Samadhi. Whenever there is a desire to attain something
you can be sure that it is the ego construct at work. Samadhi is not about attaining or adding anything
to yourself. To realize Samadhi is to learn to die before
you die. Life and death are like yin and yang- an inseparable
continuum. Endlessly unfolding, with no beginning and
no end. When we push away death, we also push away
life. When you experience the truth directly of
who you are, there is no longer fear of life or death. We are told who we are by our society and
our culture, and at the same – time we are slaves to the deeper unconscious biological
craving and aversion that governs our choices. The ego construct is nothing more than the
impulse to repeat. It is simply the path that energy once took
and the tendency for the energy to take that path again, whether it is positive or negative
for the organism. There are endless levels of memory or mind,
spirals within spirals. When your consciousness identifies with this
mind or ego construct, it ties you to social conditioning, which you could call the matrix. There are aspects of the ego that we can be
conscious of, but it is the unconscious, the archaic wiring, the primal existential fears,
that are actually driving the whole machine. Endless patterns of grasping towards pleasure
and avoidance of pain are sublimated into pathological behaviours …. our work….
our relationships…. our beliefs, our very thoughts, and our whole way of living. Like cattle, most humans live and die in passive
subjugation, feeding their lives to the matrix. We live lives locked into narrow patterns. Lives often filled with great suffering, and
it never occurs to us that we can actually become free. It is possible to let go of the life that
has been inherited from the past, to live the one that is waiting to come forth through
the inner world. We were all born into this world with biological
conditioned structures, but without self awareness. Often when you look into a young child’s eyes
there is no trace of self, only luminous emptiness. The person one grows into is a mask worn over
consciousness. Shakespeare said, “All the world’s a stage,
and all the men and women merely players”. In an awakened individual, consciousness shines
through the personality, through the mask. When you are awake, you don’t become identified
with your character. You don’t believe that you are the masks that
you are wearing. But nor do you give up playing a role. When we are identified with our character, our persona this is Maya, the illusion of the self. Samadhi is awakening from the dream of your character in the play of life. Twenty-four hundred years after Plato wrote
the Republic, humanity is still making its way out of Plato’s cave. In fact we may be more transfixed by illusions
than ever. Plato had Socrates describe a group of people
who lived chained in a cave all of their lives, facing a blank wall. All they could see were shadows projected
on the wall by the things passing in front of a fire which was behind them. This puppet show becomes their world. According to Socrates, the shadows were as
close as the prisoners would ever get to seeing reality. Even after being told about the outside world
they continued to believe that the shadows were all that is. Even if they suspected there was something
more they were unwilling to leave what was familiar. Humanity today is like the people who have
only seen the shadows on the cave wall. The shadows are analogous to our thoughts. The world of thinking is the only world that
we know. But there is another world that is beyond
thinking. Beyond the dualistic mind. Are you willing to leave the cave, to leave
all that you have known to find out the truth of who you are? In order to experience Samadhi it is necessary
to turn attention away from the shadows, away from the thoughts towards the light. When a person is only used to darkness then
they must gradually become accustomed to the light. Like acclimatizing to any new paradigm it
takes time and effort, and a willingness to explore the new, as well as shed the old. The mind can be likened to a trap for consciousness,
a labyrinth or a prison. It is not that you are in prison, you are
the prison. The prison is an illusion. If you are identified with an illusory self,
then you are asleep. Once you are aware of the prison, if you fight
to get out of the illusion, then you are treating the illusion as if it is real and you still
remain asleep, except now the dream becomes a nightmare. You will be chasing and running from shadows
forever. Samadhi is awakening from the dream of the
separate self or the egoic construct. Samadhi is awakening from identification with
the prison that I call me. You can never actually be free, because wherever
you go your prison is there. Awakening is not about get rid of the mind
or the matrix, on the contrary; when you are not identified with it, then you can experience
the play of life more fully, enjoying the show as it is, without craving or fear. In the ancient teachings this was called the
divine game of Leila: the game of playing in duality. Human consciousness is a continuum. On one extreme, humans are identified with
the material self. On the other extreme is Samadhi, the cessation
of self. Every step we take on the continuum towards
Samadhi, brings less suffering. Less suffering does not mean life is free
from pain. Samadhi is beyond the duality of pain and
pleasure. What it means is that there is less mind,
less self creating resistance to whatever unfolds and that resistance is what creates
suffering. Realizing Samadhi even once allows you to
see what is at the other end of the continuum. To see that there is something other than
the material world and self interest. When there is an actual cessation of the self
structure in Samadhi there is no egoic thought, no self, no duality yet there is still the
I am, annata or no self. In that emptiness is the dawn of prajna or
wisdom- the understanding that the immanent self is far beyond the play of duality, beyond
the entire continuum. The immanent self is timeless, unchanging,
always now. Enlightenment is the merging of the primordial
spiral, the ever-changing manifested world or lotus in which time unfolds, with your
timeless being. Your inner wiring grows like an ever-unfolding
flower as you disidentify with the self, becoming a living bridge between the world of time
and the timeless. Merely realizing the immanent self is only
the beginning of one’s path. Most people will have to experience and lose
Samadhi countless times in meditation before they are able to integrate it into other facets
of life. It is not unusual to have profound insights
into the nature of your being during meditation or self inquiry, only to find yourself once
again falling back into old patterns, forgetting the truth of who you are. To realize that stillness or emptiness in
every facet of life, every facet of one’s self, is to become emptiness dancing as all
things. Stillness is not something separate from movement. It is not opposite to movement. In Samadhi stillness is recognized to be identical
with movement, form is identical to emptiness. This is nonsensical to the mind because mind
is the coming into being of duality. Rene Descartes, the father of western philosophy,
is famous for the saying “I think therefore I am”. No other phrase more clearly encapsulates
the fall of civilisation and the full scale identification with the shadows on the cave
wall. Descartes’ error, like the error of almost
all humans, was the equating of fundamental being with thinking. At the beginning of his most famous treatise,
Descartes wrote that almost everything can be called into doubt; he can doubt his senses,
and even his thoughts. Likewise in the Kalama Sutra the Buddha said
that in order to ascertain the truth, one must doubt all traditions, scriptures, teachings
and all of the content of one’s mind and senses. Both of these men started with great scepticism,
but the difference was that Descartes stopped inquiring at the level of thinking, while
the Buddha went deeper- he penetrated beyond the deepest levels of the mind. Maybe if Descartes had gone beyond his thinking
mind, he would have realized his true nature and Western consciousness would be very different
today. Instead, Descartes described the possibility
of an evil demon that could be keeping us under a veil of illusion. Descartes did not recognize this evil demon
for what it was. As in the movie the Matrix, we could all be
hooked up to some elaborate program feeding us an illusory dream world. In the movie, humans lived out their lives
in the matrix, while on another level they were merely batteries, feeding their life
force to the machines which used their energy for their own agenda. People always want to blame something outside
of themselves for the state of the world or for their own unhappiness. Whether it is a person, a particular group
or country, religion or some kind of controlling Illuminati like Descartes’ evil demon, or
the sentient machines in the Matrix. Ironically, the demon that Descartes envisioned
was the very thing that he defined himself by. When you realize Samadhi, it becomes clear
that there is a controller, there is a machine, and evil demon leaching your life day after
day. The machine is you. Your self structure is made up of many little
conditioned sub-programs or little bosses. One little boss that craves food, another
craves money, another status, position, power, sex, intimacy. Another wants consciousness or attention from
others. The desires are literally endless and can
never be satisfied. We spend a lot of our time and energy decorating
our prisons, succumbing to pressures to improve our masks, and feeding the little bosses,
making them more powerful. Like drug addicts, the more we try to satisfy
the little bosses, the more we end up craving. The path to freedom is not self improvement,
or somehow satisfying the self’s agenda, but it’s a dropping of the self’s agenda
altogether. Some people fear that awakening their true
nature will mean that they lose their individuality and enjoyment of life. Actually, the opposite is true; the unique
individuation of the soul can only be expressed when the conditioned self is overcome. Because we remain asleep in the matrix most
of us never find out what the soul actually wants to express. The path to Samadhi involves meditation, which
is both observing the conditioned self; that which changes, and realizing your true nature;
that which does not change. When you come to your still point, the source
of your being, then you await further instructions without any insistence on how your outer world
has to change. Not my will, but higher will be done. If the mind only tries to change the outer
world to conform with some idea of what you think the path should be, it is like trying
to change the image in a mirror by manipulating the reflection. To make the image in a mirror smile you obviously
can’t manipulate the reflection, you have to realize the you that is the authentic source
of the reflection. Once you realize the authentic self, it doesn’t
mean that anything on the outside necessarily needs to change. What changes is the conscious, intelligent,
inner energy or prana which is freed from conditioned patterns and becomes available
to be directed by the soul. You can only become aware of the soul’s
purpose when you are able to watch the conditioned self and its endless pursuits, and let them
go. In Greek mythology, it was said that the gods
condemned Sisyphus to repeat a meaningless task for all eternity. His task was to endlessly push a boulder up
a mountain, only to have it roll down again. The French existentialist and Nobel Prize winning
author, Albert Camus, saw the situation of Sisyphus as a metaphor for humanity. He asked the question, ‘How can we find
meaning in this absurd existence?’. As humans we are toiling endlessly, building
for a tomorrow that never arrives, and then we die. If we truly realize this truth then we will
either go mad if we are identified with our egoic personas, or we will awaken and become
free. We can never succeed in the outer struggle,
because it is just a reflection of our inner world. The cosmic joke, the absurdity of the situation
becomes clear when there is a complete and utter failure of the egoic self to awaken
through its futile pursuits. In Zen there is a saying, “Before enlightenment
chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment chop wood, carry water”. Before enlightenment one must roll the ball
up the hill, after enlightenment one must also roll the ball up the hill. What has changed? The inner resistance to what is. The struggle has been dropped, or rather the
one who struggles has been realized to be illusory. The individual will or individual mind and
divine will, or higher mind, are aligned. Samadhi is ultimately a dropping of all inner
resistance – to all changing phenomena, without exception. The one who is able to realize inner peace,
irrespective of circumstance has attained true Samadhi. You drop resistance not because you condone
one thing or another, but so that your inner freedom is not contingent on the outer. It’s important to note that when we accept
reality as it is, it doesn’t necessarily mean that we stop taking action in the world,
or we become meditating pacifists. Actually the opposite can be true; when we’re
free to act without being driven by unconscious motives, then it is possible to act in alignment
with the Tao, with the full force of our inner energy behind us. Many will argue that in order to change the
world and bring about peace we need to fight harder against our perceived enemies. Fighting for peace is like shouting for silence;
it just creates more of what you don’t want. These days there is a war against everything:
a war against terror, a war against disease, a war against hunger. Every war is actually a war against ourselves. The fight is part of a collective delusion. We say that we want peace, but we continue
to elect leaders who engage in war. We lie to ourselves saying that we are for
human rights, but continue to buy products made in sweatshops. We say we want clean air, but we continue
to pollute. We want science to cure us of cancer but won’t
change our self-destructive habitual behaviours that make us more likely to be sick. We delude ourselves that we are promoting
a better life. We don’t want to see our hidden parts that
are condoning suffering and death. The belief that we can win a war against cancer,
hunger, terror, or any enemy that was created by our own thinking and behaviour, actually
lets us continue to delude ourselves that we don’t have to change the way that we
operate on this planet. The inner world is where the revolution must
first take place. Only when we can directly feel the spiral
of life within will the outer world come into alignment with the Tao. Until then, anything we do will add to the
chaos already created by the mind. War and peace arise together in an endless
dance; they are one continuum. One half cannot exist without the other. Just as light cannot exist without dark, and
up cannot exist without down. The world seems to want light without darkness,
fullness without emptiness, happiness without sadness. The more the mind gets involved, the more
fragmented the world becomes. Every solution that comes from the egoic mind
is driven by the idea that there is a problem, and the solution becomes an even greater problem
than what it was trying to solve. What you resist persists. Human ingenuity creates new antibiotics only
to find nature getting more cunning as bacteria gets stronger. Despite our best efforts in the ongoing fight,
the prevalence of cancer is actually increasing, the number of hungry people in the world steadily
grows, the number of terrorist attacks worldwide continues to rise. What’s wrong with our approach? Like the Sorcerer’s Apprentice from Goethe’s
poem, we have taken hold of a great power, but do not have the wisdom to wield it. The problem is that we do not understand the
tool that we are using. We do not understand the human mind and its
proper role and purpose. The crisis is born of the limited conditioned
way in which we think, the way we feel and experience life. Our rationalism has robbed us of our ability
to recognize and experience the wisdom of many ancient cultures. Our egoic thinking has robbed us of the ability
to feel the depth and profound sacredness of life, the numinosity of life, and to realize
entirely different levels of consciousness, which are now almost lost to humanity. In the ancient Egyptian tradition, Neters
were archetypal forms whose characteristics could be embodied by those who purified their
physical and spiritual bodies in such a way that they were fit to house higher consciousnesses. The original Neter, or the divine principle
of this wisdom was known as Thoth or Tehuti. Often depicted as a scribe with the head of
a bird or Ibis, and represented the origin of all knowledge and wisdom. Thoth could be described as the cosmic principle
of thinking or thought. Thoth gave us language, concepts, writing,
mathematics, and all the arts and manifestations of the mind. Only those who had gone through special training
were allowed to access Thoth’s sacred knowledge. The book of Thoth is not a physical book,
but is the wisdom of the akashic or etheric realm. Legend tells that Thoth’s knowledge was
deeply hidden in a secret place within every human being, and was protected by a golden
serpent. The archetypal or perennial myth of the serpent
or dragon guarding a treasure is one that permeates many cultures and has been called
by names such as kundalini shakti, chi, holy spirit, and inner energy. The golden serpent is the egoic construct
which is bound in the inner energies and until it is mastered and overcome, the soul will
never be able to attain true wisdom. It was said that the book of Thoth brought
nothing but suffering to any individual who read it, even though they would find the secrets
of the gods themselves and all that is hidden within the stars. What must be understood is that the book brought
suffering to any individual who read it, any ego that tried to control it. In the Egyptian tradition awakened consciousness
was represented by Osiris. Without this awakened consciousness, any knowledge
or understanding obtained by the limited self would be dangerous, disconnected from higher
wisdom. The eye of Horus had to be open. The esoteric meaning that we find here is
similar to the more familiar story of “the fall” in the garden of Eden. The book of Thoth parallels the book of knowledge
of good and evil whose fruit Adam and Eve were tempted to eat. Humanity of course has already eaten the forbidden
fruit, already opened the book of Thoth, and has been cast out of the garden. The serpent is a metaphor for the primordial
spiral that extends from the microcosm to the macrocosm. Today the serpent is living as you. It is the egoic mind expressed as the manifested
world. We have never before had access to so much
knowledge. We have gone deep into the material world,
even finding the so-called God particle, but we have never been more limited, more ignorant
of who we are, how to live, and we do not understand the mechanism by which we create
suffering. Our thinking has created the world as it is
now. Whenever we label something as good or bad,
or create preference in our mind it is due to the coming into being of egoic structures
or self interests. The solution is not to fight for peace or
conquer nature, but to simply recognize the truth; that the very existence of the ego
structure creates duality, a split between self and other, mine and yours, man and nature,
inner and outer. The ego is violence; it requires a barrier,
a boundary from the other in order to be. Without ego there is no war against anything. There is no hubris, there is no overreaching
nature to create profit. These external crises in our world reflect
a serious inner crises; we don’t know who we are. We are completely identified with our egoic
identities, consumed by fears and are cut off from our true nature. Races, religions, countries, political affiliations,
any group that we belong to, all reinforce our egoic identities. Almost every group that exists on the planet
today wants to claim its perspective as true and correct, as we do on an individual level. By claiming the truth as its own, the group
perpetuates its own existence in the same way that an ego or self structure defines
itself against other. Now more than ever different realities and
polarized belief systems are co-existing on earth. It is possible for different people to experience
completely different thoughts and emotional reactions to the very same external phenomena. In the same way, samsara and nirvana, heaven
and hell, are two different dimensions occupying the very same world. An event that may appear apocalyptic to one
person, could be seen as a blessing to another. So what is becoming obvious is that your external
circumstances don’t have to affect your inner world in any particular way. To realize Samadhi is to become a self-propelled
wheel, to become autonomous, a universe unto oneself. Your experience of life is not contingent
on changing phenomena. An analogy can be made with Metatron’s cube. Metatron is mentioned in various ancient Christian,
Islamic and Jewish texts, and is archetypally related to the Egyptian Neter Thoth, as well
as Hermes Trismegistus of Greece. Metatron is intimately connected with the
tetragrammaton. The tetragrammaton is the fundamental geometric
pattern, the template or primordial emanation of physical reality, which has been called
the word of God or Logos. Here we see a two dimensional representation
of the figure, but if you look a certain way, you see a three D cube. When you see the cube, nothing has changed
in the figure, but your mind has added a new dimension to your seeing. Dimensionality or one’s perspective is simply
a matter of becoming habituated to a new way of perceiving the world. Upon realizing Samadhi we become free of perspective,
or free to create new perspectives, because there is no self invested in or attached to
a particular viewpoint. The greatest minds in human history have often
pointed to levels of thought beyond the limited self structure. Einstein said “The true measure of a human
being is determined primarily by the measure and sense in which he has attained liberation
from the self.” So it’s not that thinking and the existence
of the self is bad, thinking is a wonderful tool when the mind is in service to the heart. In Vedanta it is said that the mind makes
a good servant but a poor master. The ego perpetually filters reality through
language and labels, and is constantly judging. Preferring one thing over another. When the mind and senses are your master,
they will create endless suffering, endless craving and aversion, locking us into the
matrix of thinking. If you want to realize Samadhi, do not judge
your thoughts as good or bad, but find out who you are prior to thought, prior to the
senses. When all labels are dropped then it is possible
to see things as they are. The moment a child is told what a bird is,
if they believe what they’re told then they never see a bird again. They only see their thoughts. Most people think that they are free, conscious
and awake. If you believe you are already awake, then
why would you do the difficult work to attain what you believe you already have? Before it becomes possible to awaken, it is
necessary to accept that you are asleep, living in the matrix. Examine your life honestly, without lying
to yourself. Are you able to stop your robotic, repetitive
life patterns if you want to? Can you stop seeking pleasure and avoiding
pain, are you addicted to certain foods, activities, pastimes? Are you constantly judging, blaming, criticizing
yourself and others? Does your mind incessantly seek out stimulus,
or are you completely fulfilled just being in silence? Do you react to how people think about you? Are you seeking approval, positive reinforcement? Do you somehow sabotage situations in your
life? Most people will experience their lives the
same way today as they will tomorrow and a year from now, and ten years from now. When you begin to observe your robot-like
nature you become more awake. You begin to recognize the depth of the problem. You are completely and utterly asleep, lost
in a dream. Like the inhabitants of Plato’s cave, most
who hear this truth will not be willing or capable of changing their lives because they
are attached to their familiar patterns. We go to great lengths justifying our patterns,
burying our heads in the sand rather than facing the truth. We want our saviours, but we are not willing
to get up on the cross ourselves. What are you willing to pay to be free? Realize that if you change your inner world,
you must be prepared to change the outer life. Your old structure and your old identity must
become the dead soil out of which new growth comes. The first step to awakening is to realize
that we are identified with the matrix of the human mind, with the mask. Something within us must hear this truth and
be roused from its slumber. There is a part of you, something timeless,
that has always known the truth. The matrix of the mind distracts us, entertains
us, keeps us endlessly doing, consuming, grasping, in a cycle of craving and aversion with constantly
changing forms, keeping us from the flowering of our consciousness, from our evolutionary
birthright which is Samadhi. Pathological thinking is what passes for normal
life. Your divine essence has become enslaved, identified
with the limited self structure. The great wisdom, the truth of who you are
is buried deep within your being. J. Krishnamurti said, “It is no measure
of one’s health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” Identification with the egoic mind is the
sickness and Samadhi is the cure. The saints, sages and awakened beings throughout
history have all learned the wisdom of self-surrender. How is it possible to realize the true self? When you peer through the veil of Maya, and
let go of the illusory self, what is left?

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  1. You cant claim to be awake if you have not made an effort to incorporate into your life the daily act of subduing pride and ego. In my practice of this I can say that I have learned compassion , it has taken me years And I cant say I'm enlightened , but I am awake. And to me it was the beginning of where the real work began.

  2. If I am able to librate my mind; then what's next? I am still here on Earth in my body. I am addictive to going to work in order to live. I often think of giving up electronics but, then where do I go, what do I do. I feel trapped. I know I can feel better. Meditation and religion have helped me change my inner world and I meditate often; sometimes for more than two hours at a time. But, I for some reason always come back to living in the world. Endlessly doing, always consuming. The only way I see to escape this world and its ways is to die. How can Samadhi be the cure if I have to come out of meditation in order to survive in this body?

  3. Excelente sua explanação!
    Gostaria de dar minha contribuição:
    Existem diversos níveis de Iluminação. Creio que Jesus foi o maior.
    Menos Ego implica Mais iluminação.
    Sintomas da Iluminação:
    1. Vazio interior inebriante.
    2. Imensa paz em todos os momentos.
    3. Intuição exacerbeda à ponto de algumas vezes ter a sensação de está lendo o pensamento da outra pessoa e até capitar espíritos.
    4. Felicidade suprema.
    5. Tudo na vida dar certo ou quase tudo.
    6. Alguns sonhos informam que a pessoa é um iluminada. As imagens e temas dos sonhos de noites distintas se concatenam como em um filme, informando que a pessoa é iluminada. Às vezes diz claramente em forma de intuição: "Você é iluminada".
    7. Sensação de expansão da consciência ou seja de não dualidade.
    8. Acesso com facilidade à informações inconscientes de toda a vida na terra.
    9. Sabedoria em forma de intuição.
    10. O mestre interior que chama-se SELF responde às nossas perguntas em forma de intuição. "Aladim e a lâmpada maravilhosa".
    11. Desinteresse pelas coisas mundanas.
    12. Facilidade em identificar os próprios defeitos e sublima-los.
    13. Abertura dos 7 chakras principais, mais a palma das mãos e sola dos pés. O corpo fica quente como se estivesse com febre.

  4. In fact, meditation leads to demonic dreamy horror. Such films are created by blind people who are unconsciously controlled by demons. One must believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and do good. The greatest evil is sin!

  5. What this liar calls awakening is essentially a trust in demons. Brothers Christians do not believe these New Age false prophets; they lie to you. Believe in God and read the Bible, it says how the world really works!

  6. For the demon nightmare to go out, I read the Psalter, and the demons with their burning illusions retreat. Read the Psalter and fear not their fear. The righteous dared like a lion, he is not afraid of the sound of evil.

  7. According to many schools of Hinduism, the world is an illusion, a play of the supreme consciousness of God. It is a projection of things and forms that are temporarily phenomenal and sustain the illusion of oneness and permanence. The illusion of phenomenal world is created and sustained by stand alone objects thrown together either by an act of randomness or through the deliberate choice of conscious will.

    From the human body to a giant galaxy, each object in the material universe is what it is because of the aggregation of things that sustain its current state. Change one of them and the object becomes something else in time and space. Thus what we experience as our world and what we consider to be our existence are real in a limited sense and limited perspective.

    Our scriptures declare that creation is the play of consciousness. It differentiates itself into diverse things and in the end withdraws everything into itself for no apparent and specific reason because God does nothing with any particular aim or desire. Says the Yoga Vashista, "The world is nothing but a mere vibration of consciousness in space. It seems to exist even as a goblin seems to exist in the eyes of the ignorant. All this is but Maya: for here there is no contradiction between the infinite consciousness and the apparent existence of the universe. It is like the marvelous dream of a person who is awake."1

    The meaning of Maya

    In an ordinary sense, the word 'maya' means, trickery, fraud or deceit. Magic, jugglery or witchcraft are different forms of illusion that distract and deceive the senses. The senses have the limited ability to perceive and discern truth, although we take them from granted and rely more on the appearances of things rather than the truth underlying them. In the spiritual parlance, maya means unreality, distinct from the reality represented by God or Brahman. God in His eternal and absolute aspect is pure consciousness and His creation is a mere formation within that consciousness. It exists so long as there is an experiencer distinct from the experience. Etymologically speaking, maya is that which arises from Prakriti (nature) or Pradhana (primal energy). 'Ma' means the source, the cause and 'ya' means that which proceeds, goes, walks or spreads out. Thus literally maya means that which issue forth, expands or arises from the source, 'ma', the universal mother. Maya is also described in the Hindu scriptures as the play (lila) of God enacted through his creative and dynamic energy or force (shakti). It is the web of deception weaved by the universal spider (Brahman) to envelop the worlds in delusion (moha).

    The nature of existence

    According to Hindu tenets, our existential and the objective reality with which our senses interact every moment and which we hold to be true, is either the deliberate projection of the primordial Nature or the mechanical movements of its blind force. Whether it is an independent and eternal entity or an aspect of God is a subject matter of speculation in various schools of Hinduism. However, most agree that Nature is the cause of all manifestation, either on its own or through the enfoldment of the Divine Will. 'Mathr', the universal mother, with its 'matra' (matter or material wealth), is the cause of all whirling and churning of the universe and the consciousness. She is also known as Prakriti, Nature or the field (kshetra), while God is described as the owner or occupier of the field (kshetrajna). She is the force behind all diversity, activity and movement that take place in the universe. Whether she is independent of God or dependent upon Him, we leave it presently to the mystics and scholars to debate.

    illusion means

    Illusion is appearance of things differently from what they are actually. It is part of our normal existence. We do not have to be spiritually inclined to notice it. For example, everything in the universe is in a constant motion, but we think as if we live in a stable world because we do not perceive the motion, unless we pay particular attention to the planets and the stars and the movement of time. The sky has no color. But to our eyes it appears as blue, because of the reflection of the light by the molecules in the air. This is an illusion, which we see everyday but do not acknowledge mentally unless we begin to think about it consciously. Even in the night we remember the sky to be blue! We consider the milk to be a white liquid. This is also an illusion, because in reality milk is a combination of several atoms and molecules that come together to give the appearance and taste of milk. The appearance of a person as a combination of the mind and the body is also an illusion, because man is more than the mere union of the two. A simple analysis of our perceptual experience establishes beyond doubt that the world is not what it appears to be and what we perceive through our senses is just a superficial reality. Science tries to go beyond the visible universe and unravel the truth hidden in the depths of matter. But at times it gets caught in the appearances of things and layers of complexity that is part of our analytical approach. Hindu scriptures remind us of this fact when they compare the world to an illusion. It is an illusion because it conceals truth and reveal itself differently each time we perceive it.

    Is the world really unreal?

    Hinduism considers the world to be false or unreal not in a physical sense but in an eternal and absolute sense. The world is an illusion not because it does not exist, but because it is not what it appears to be all the time. From an absolute perspective, the material universe is a temporary creation. It changes from moment to moment and is never the same. We cannot say we live in the same world each and every moment of our existence. The senses may take time to perceive the changes that happen in our environment, but change is what characterizes our world and our existence all the time. Duality and plurality are facts of life. Without them we cannot make sense of ourselves and our experiences.

    Our scriptures say that we should not be misled by this ordinary sensory experience of ours. We should pay particular attention to our perceptions and go beyond the appearance of things to know the truth. We can arrive at truth by understanding the various states of our consciousness. For example, when we are awake everything looks real. We can touch and feel things consciously. But in our dream state the world becomes different. Here we are vaguely aware of what is going on, but from an experiential point of view, do not know clearly whether what we experience in a dream is true or not. When we are in deep sleep and our senses are in a state of complete rest, the world almost disappears from the field of our experience. Here we do not experience any duality or plurality. We even lose the sense of self or the ego sense. Thus for a spiritually awakened person, who begins to comprehend the illusion of appearances, the material world presents itself as a stage in which things appear and disappear according to the state of our consciousness, awareness and inclination. When people are caught in the maze of things (samsara) and develop an attachment with them, they become vulnerable to ignorance and suffering.

    Why this is important for an individual? How does it matter whether the world is real or unreal? No one can dispute the fact that, at any given moment, the world in which we live is real. It does exist in some specific form and state, independent of whether we exist or not. It is real in the physical sense. It is also tangible to our senses. We experience its existence in innumerable ways in our minds and through our senses all the time. Right now at this very moment we are in a real world. We cannot say the world is an illusion, unless we have lost our minds literally. This does not mean it is not an illusion. This is the paradox, the real truth, to understand which we have to go deeper into ourselves to discover our true nature and the meaning of self-absorption.

    From a dreamer's perspective, a dream is real when he is in the state of dreaming. At least that is what we feel when a dream is actually enacting itself out in our consciousness. But what happens when you wake up from your sleep and the dream actually comes to an end? Was that dream real or just a projection of your mind? If it exists where is it now? Was it an illusion caused by a zillion neurons in your brain or a product of your astral travel? Similarly, what happens to the virtual reality we create in the internet space, when we disconnect the computer from the internet? We know that internet is a vast network of computers. But we are not sure whether what we see and interpret as internet is its essential form. May be a few years from now with different set of browsers, devices and technology we experience the same internet differently. Our world is not much different in in its essential aspect from the virtual reality we experience in the internet space. It exists but in a limited sense. It is a qualified state which perceived differently by different individuals or by the same individual at different times, relative to their awareness, state of mind and expectation.

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  10. The dangers of Samadhi…, no, as usual, fist fuckers have it wrong…, this teacher wants you dead…, not in Samadhi…, fucken fist fuckers….

  11. @ 30:35:

    "How can we find meaning in this absurd existence?

    As humans we are toiling endlessly, building for a future that never arrives…. And then, we die." 😂🤣 *FAVE PART*


  12. Daniel, thank you for helping to surface these truths. When I was 33 years of age i had an out of body expirence. I returend and said to my husband, I am nothing and the nothing is everything- Samadhi?. He couldn't get.

  13. Is to find something that was already there and realize it needn't to be found for it was always there

  14. I force myself to observe EARTHLINGS with my brother Joaquin Phoenix. It burned my body and soul complete.
    I realized that I had just wakeup to my awaken, right then and there. Im the birth energy of compassion against cruelty. 
    Compassion needs compassion to exist.

  15. The Mind does not die when the body dies, because the Mind is so much more than just the thoughts and feelings which move through it like clouds in the sky. The Mind is the sun behind the clouds, and it is always shining light.

  16. Would somebody please help me find the song that starts playing in the video in the minutes of 12:17? Where it begins to talk about Socrates and a man is walking towards the light of the cave/tunnel?

  17. Anyone know what rendition of Om Tryambakam Yajamahe Sugandim Pustivardanam Mrityur Mokshiya Mamritaat was used in this? It's lovely.

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