The trick to subside maya

“Now there is one trick, O Arjuna, I will tell you a trick of how you can subside māyā.”
In this excerpt from the Bhagavad Gita, In the Light of Kashmir Shaivism, by Swami Lakshmanjoo (chapter 7 verse 14) Swami Lakshmanjoo reveals the trick how to subside maya (illusion).


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दैवी ह्येषा गुणमयी मम माया दुरत्यया ।
मामेव ये प्रपद्यन्ते मायामतितरन्ति ते ॥१४॥
daivī hyeṣā guṇamayī
mama māyā duratyayā ।
māmeva ye prapadyante
māyāmatitaranti te ॥ 14 ॥

This guṇamayi, guṇamayi is filled with sattvoguṇa, rajoguṇa, [and tamoguṇa]–the three gunas–it is māyā. And it is duratyayā, nobody has conquered this, nobody has won [over] this māyā. Now there is one trick, O Arjuna, I will tell you a trick of how you can subside māyā.

Māmeva ye prapadyante . . .
Other commentators have commentated upon this verse [in the following way]: “those who take refuge in Me, they [conquer] māya.” It is the commentary, which is done by other commentators [other] than Abhinavagupta.

Abhinavagupta has [explained], māmeva ye prapadyante, those persons, those elevated souls who think, “māmeva ye prapadyante, māyā is me, māmeva, māyā is the reality of Brahman.” [This is thought by] those who attribute māyā in their own nature. [When they feel] “I am māyā–māyā is Parabhairava”, then they are free from māyā. You should know that māyā is not other than Parabhairava, then you will succeed. Otherwise there is no hope of getting rid of māyā, because this is guṇamayī daivī.1

tena sattvādīnāṁ vastutaḥ saṁvinmātraparabrahmān-atiriktatāyāmapi yattadatiriktatāvagamanaṁ tadeva guṇatvaṁ–bhoktṛitattvapāratantrayaṁ bhogyatvam / tacca bhedātmakaṁ-rūpaṁ saṁsāribhiranirvācyatayā, tān prati māyārūpam

And they are caught by that māyā . . .

ato ye paramārtha brahma prakāśa vida . . . [comm. verse 14]

Those, on the contrary, who are situated in the supreme state of Parabhairava, tad-anatiriktaṁ viśvaṁ paśyanto, they realize that this whole universe, which is created by the māyā of Lord Śiva, is not separate from the Parabhairava state; for them there is no māyā. They have conquered māyā.
1 “Daivī is divine. Divine mean devaḥ krīḍākaraḥ, devaḥ means who is always playful, Lord Śiva is always playful. Māyā and not māyā, illusion and not illusion, consciousness and unconsciousness–this is all His play.” Swami Lakshmanjoo, Bhagavad Gītā audio, USF archive.


(source: Chapter 7, of the Bhagavad Gita, In the Light of Kashmir Shaivism,
by Swami Lakshmanjoo

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  1. August 6, 2016

    Great thought. Jai Gurudev. I hope your trip to Ishwar Ashram after 26 years must be most Blissful. Good wishes. John Ji you are indeed doing a most wonderful activity.

  2. August 27, 2016

    This really is a very liberating point of view on this verse! Everything I read in this Trika philosophy is so true and eye opening! I feel so grateful to all those who have preserved it.

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