Are Mithya and Maya the Same Thing?
Rose: Please tell me something about “mithya” and “maya.” Are they the same thing?
Daniel: Simply summed, yes, mithya and maya are the same. Maya is a power (shakti) that exists in you, awareness, and is the principle that gives rise to duality (ignorance). Awareness appears as the creation (jagat) when ignorance (maya) is operating.
The “operating” of maya can be called “mithya,” the apparent reality. Mithya includes all the gross and subtle objects in existence, the objective empirical world and the subjective psychological world.
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