Maya in Ramcharitmanas

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Bhagwan Ram has succinctly explained the word Maya in the Ramcharitmanas.

’Mai aru mor tor te maya’

Differentiating between oneself and others is Maya. Maya and attachment are concomitant. Where there is Maya there is attachment. This attachment gives rise to identifying the self and others with external objects. This differentiation gives rise to our ego and is caused by the ignorance of the true self.

This ignorance occurs where there is Dvaita, the philosophy that believes in the duality of truth. Dvaita is false knowledge. It is deluding and gives rise to attachment and aversion. Dvaita causes unhappiness.