Lecture 4: Key Themes in the Upanishadic Vision (pt 2)
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Maya is the ability of the gods to create the world and give it the appearance they choose, thereby concealing the true nature of Brahman. Karma is the principle that what you sow, you alone reap.
a. Problems in the history, usage and translation of the term – ability of the gods to create the world and give it the appearance that they choose.
b. A false way of looking at the world due to ignorance or the superimposition of ultimate reality upon it.
c. Avidya - Ignorance of the true nature of reality.
d. Adhyasa - Superimposition of a false view of reality on that which we encounter with our senses.
e. Lila - “sport” or “play” - reason given as to why Isvara created. There is no purpose for the creation of the world.
a. Act or Deed / immutable law of cause and effect.
b. Kinds of Karma
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