Hindus believe the world in an illusion.Isn’t this an absurd idea?
It is not an absurd idea, if one understands the correct meaning of Sanskrit word Maya, meaning illusion. The confusion in comprehending the Hindus’ doctrine of Maya stems from thinking illusion means the same thing as hallucination or delusion. Hindus use the word illusion in the same sense as defined in any dictionary: a mistaken perception of reality. When hindus speak of this material world as an illusion, they refer to the mistaken perception of the world, that is , thinking the material world is seperatefrom God. The material world does exist, even if it may be God’s temporary manifestation.
This Q/A was taken from the book Hinduism: Myth and Reality written by Ajit Adhopia and published by Inderlekh Publication.