Sayings Of Lord Siva

MAYA – IILLUSION

As through knowledge of rope the serpent appears a delusion, similarly through spiritual knowledge the world.

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As a rope can never become a snake, in the past, present or future so the spirit which is beyond all gunas and which is pure, never becomes the universe.

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All these external substances will perish in the course of time, but the spirit, which is indescribable by word (will exist) without a second.

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Maya (illusion) is the mother of the universe. Not from any other principle has the universe been created, when this Maya is destroyed the world certainly does not exist.

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A woman is a phase of illusion. As the scholars who have mastered the Vedas say particularly, a young damsel is a hindrance to ascetics.

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O Mountain, by contact with women, worldliness springs up, non- attachment perishes and the virtuous penance is destroyed.

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Deluded men engrossed in rituals alone cannot attain me through the Vedas, Sacrifices, gifts or austerities.

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A woman is the root of all worldly attachments. She destroys all wisdom and detachment together. Kama (God of Love) leads to hell, lust to anger, anger to delusion and delusion destroys penance.

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Marriage is a great fetter that binds firmly.

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There are many base bondages in the world. Association with women is the toughest of all. One can free oneself from all bondages except that of women.

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Worldly enjoyment tightens the bondage. Salvation is inaccessible to a man drawn to worldly enjoyment even in his dream.

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If he wishes for happiness, an intelligent Man shall duly forsake all worldly pleasures.

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O beautiful lady, (Parvati) know all these visible things to be perishable.

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This entire universe has been made of Illusion, it is held by the supreme soul with His great intellect.

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You alone (Parvati) are the Great (Prakrti) illusory power, the Primordial nature that creates.

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My illusion deludes all the worlds. It cannot be transgressed.

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The entire universe including gods and humans is subservient to it (Maya).

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That illusion is given various names; Uma Mahadevi, the mother of the three deities, the greatest, primordial, Mulaprakrti and the lovely woman Parvati.

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Anyone bound with nooses of iron and timber can secure release but one bound with nooses of women never frees oneself.

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O Goddess, the knowledge of generations is inaccessible to those who are not my devotees, who are devoid of intellect and who do not practice yoga. Hence one shall assiduously resort to these.

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That is a great loss, a great blemish, and delusion, blindness and muteness, if excluded from the path of salvation one shall exert oneself elsewhere.

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But one who has become a compact mass of delusion is involved in good and evil deeds.

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O, Brahmins, if duly pondered over, good men have to face only misery through the contact with women and similar activities.

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The miserable try to quell one misery only by another misery.

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Lust is never quelled by means of enjoyment of pleasures. Just as fire blazes all the more by ghee offering so also lust is inflamed all the more by indulging into pleasure.

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Ignorance is the cause of worldly existence, adoption of physical bodies means worldly existence.

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Wrath, delight, covetousness, delusion, arrogance, virtue and evil, all these, O excellent Brahmins cause adoption of physical bodies.

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There is distress and pain only when there is body.

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