The Danger of Hearing Mayavada Philosophy

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Sunyavada is the philosophy that everything is ulimately just void. Everything comes from the void and returns to the void. This idea was very effectively plagiarized by Adi-Shankaracharya who just changed the names from Sunya to Brahman. Instead of the void, he said everything comes from Brahman and will go back into Brahman,'brahma satya, jagat mithya'. Yet, this definition of God is most dangerous. If one subscribes to it, he will be committing spiritual suicide. For in this philosophy one's own individual identity is sacrificed or annihilated by merging with Brahman or the void in the case of Buddhists. It is a complete concoction as proved by the Padma Purana which details how Lord Shiva was ordered by Vishnu Bhagavan to misled the people in general by falsely interpreting Vedanta. Shankaracharya is the incarnation of Lord Shiva and did this with great expertise.
However, even though he obligingly hid the form and features of the Absolute Person, still before leaving the planet he told his followers: 'bhaja govindam, bhaja govindam , bhaja govindam mudha mate....' to give up their Sanskrit grammatical word-jugglery and surrender to Lord Krishna.
Unfortunately, much of Hinduism is based on Shankarachaya's teachings today. In this system of worship the form of God is just a vehicle for achieving impersonal realization as is the guru. By entering the Brahman one merges with the effulgence of the Supreme Lord and remains there like an immovable stone until he again descends to the material world to take up some activity. The reason being, that the soul is by nature active, he cannot be idle. Therefore the real goal of yoga is to meet the Personality of Godhead and engage in His eternal service with love and devotion.

mariposa's picture


bvam - how do you exactly define void?

mariposa | Sat, 01/24/2009 - 01:09
Omkaradatta's picture


Actually, it sounds like a nonsense... how can one worship or pray to a God that's 'just nothingness' or just void? The mind can't even conceive of such a thing. If reality truly is Void, this will be discovered through normal sadhanas and spiritual practices, not through praying to such a Void.

My own experience here is that Void (shunyata) and Absolute (Brahman) are identical, that the mind creates the pairs of opposites and these opposites are false. Thus, Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta both speak of the same "thing". Emptiness is fullness. To seek nothing is to lack nothing. To own nothing is for everything to be one's own. To know nothing is to know all there is to know.

The whole concept of emptiness seems to frighten those on the devotional path. If so, pay it no mind and just worship God. Merely hearing a philosophy isn't dangerous.

Omkaradatta | Sat, 01/24/2009 - 08:56
suzame's picture

not subject to reasoning and logic

It sounds like a nonsense when you try to examine it with reasoning and logic which is nonsense by itself.

Praying as well as true love and devotion come from a different place, experienced in a different way and are beyond mind, this is their power. You can love god, you can pray to god and only when you actually do it you can "understand" it.

suzame | Wed, 03/11/2009 - 21:18
genep's picture

Monism is dangerous, like Realization

When God got sick of his saints he created me: O'no

"Yet, this definition of God is most dangerous. If one subscribes to it, he will be committing spiritual suicide."

The Non-duality of Advaita means there is no other but Self. This IS pure unadulterated MONISM: "there is NO other."
This means that reality is Self's fiction.

Those experts of spirituality who insist that there is a huge and dangerous difference between Non-duality and Monism beat these imaginary differences to death just to make a living.

as for your "spiritual suicide": it is called Realization, and it can be so funny that the laughter can kill,alias suicide, anyone.
-- O'no

genep | Wed, 03/11/2009 - 02:26
Omkaradatta's picture

I dunno...

Anyone who believes there's a danger in merely "hearing" some alternate point of view must be standing on utterly shaky conceptual ground themselves.

Omkaradatta | Wed, 03/11/2009 - 03:14
suzame's picture



Except maybe of the common warning by gurus to the sadkhas that there is a danger that their life and perspectives will change upon hearing the truth and those who are not prepared to go through the change may better leave, like the warning accompanied to the blue pill in "The Matrix". But actually this is a different connotation of the same word "danger".

suzame | Wed, 03/11/2009 - 21:22
Bercano's picture

I Dunno

...from my perspective-ness...did the writer 'Bvam' NOT truly mean, nor focus on "any perceived/hearing Danger-aspects....That/it was more so meant as a by-product/merely a metaphor..........the focus for me, pretty sure that's Writer 'Bvam' also meant...THAT the Focus or core element ISSSS on the muse, that speaks in/of ~Spiritual Suicide~

A Most Brilliant Muse...cos what would such imply/other worlds...what is 1/One left with?? ...= 1/ONE = 1SELF

Simply to me...Bvam is the least bit shaky;)

When Self got sick of his saints
and bored with guru's
he created me ...
to LAUGH at Everythingggg

they took seriously.

B-Self, Eternal Infinite Sri Fukkamee Swami

Bercano | Fri, 03/13/2009 - 19:07
Augadha's picture

who is this fraud?

This is a trash article, which is a clear ploy of a disinformation agent.

Advaita Vedanta was created by Adi Shankara Acharya, and the concept of Void is incomplete information of "Echo's" which is the incomplete versions of the Source which is Sanatan Dharma.

The warped "Echo" can never surpass the original wave, no matter how hard you try!

As for the Abrahmic posters here, dont waste your time. I wont let you succeed in you missionary ploy to assimilate "Pagans".

om namah shivay

Augadha | Wed, 11/02/2011 - 08:43