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What is reality? Living or Illusion?

I have been reading the Bhagavad Gita by Eknath Easwaran for some while now. My curious nature always asked me to question life, its meaning and the reason for my own existence. But the clues that life itself offers for the discovery of these questions are more complicated or maybe more confusing and illusion-inducing.

Coming back to Bhagavad Gita, I started to read the Gita to get the essence of the perspective of life. When chaos rose, the need for clarity was ever more important. The pain was one way or another the by-product of that chaos and I was forced to find answers and meaning to those same questions. Thus, the Gita was my companion and it still remains whenever I delve into the never-ending hole of existential crisis.

I had lots of questions when I first delved into the Bhagavad Gita. I wanted to know reality and self. I wanted to understand the meaning of life and what life can entail. In the introduction, Easwaran mentioned a lot about the emergence of the Gita, its correspondence and the potential answers it carries from a modern viewpoint.

The Gita has mentioned the reality as "Maya". Or the illusion of reality to look a certain way as created by the creator. It is the magical power by which the Godhead creates illusions in the senses of human beings.

I have had deep discussions with myself and have had deep thinking about this point and I feel somewhat certain that all that lies in front of the eyes or the senses cannot be described as the ultimate reality, rather it is like a cloak covering the actual reality lying within.

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