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    Effort and Awakening

    Satchitananda “Knowledge of the truth of existence is bliss” Words can be so confusing. In our practice of postural yoga and meditation, terms from Sanskrit, Pali, Chinese or Japanese are often used because they describe more accurately than Western languages the deeper meaning of what one is trying to convey. One of these terms is Advaita. In a superficial translation, we could say it means “non-dual” awareness – there is no separate self. But to a mind focused on the material world (called Maya in Sanskrit – the illusion of the apparent separateness of things), this is hard to understand. Another way to describe it is “indivisible” – the profound…

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    Mindfulness of Maya

    Brahma Satya Jagat Mithya ~ “pure consciousness is the only reality; the physical world is virtual reality.” On a recent visit to Bruges, it occurred to me that this charming city could be a brilliant metaphor for the ancient Indian concept of Maya. On the surface, it’s a beautiful and vibrant town that attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists every year, but, looking deeper, one can see that the main reason it’s a vibrant town is because of its superficial appearance, and its economy is based on this attraction to such an extent that the city itself feels more like a theme park than a real town. The illusion both…