“Sab Maya hai” means it is nothing but an illusion; just the words or things possessing nothingness in reality. The Maya philosophy is not new and the concept is very central to the most ancient religions. The word ‘Maya’ has various meanings but mainly it refer to an “Illusion”. The concept mainly revolve on the notion that our environment is “untrue” or “unreal” and it is just a reflection of the “actual truth”. The ‘actual truth” is always there but our dreams, ideas, perceptions, illusions, emotions and imaginations are disguising it. Our actual goal of life is to understand the “real truth” and the real bring.
The literally meaning of ‘Maya’ is “Nothing or untrue”. It carries that the whole world, the universe, the life and the energy cycles all are “unreal” and just an “illusion”. The one who is doing all that is the only “truth”. The One who created this universe and its surroundings, the life and the death, the energy and its cycles is the only “truth”. The real enlightenment is to know Him better. The more we know about Him the more we now about ourselves.
The concept of Maya is philosophically connected to the concept of ‘oneness of God ’(monotheism). I see it as difficult to harmonise with Polytheist’s believes.
The word Maya is a Sansakrit’s word and the concept is of great essence in Indian religions. On the other side of the globe there is an American ancient civilization called Maya civilization that started around 2500BC. This has nothing to do with the “Maya” I am talking about but interestingly Maya people had also developed a 280 days calendar which is known as Maya calendar. As per an interpretation of the calendar the date of 21st December 2012 is regarded as the end-date of a 5,125-year-long cycle in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar and on that date there would be significant changes and spiritual transformation in the world. This is Maya prophecy.
In Arabic language the word water is called ‘Maa’. The Quran tell us that “His (Allah’s) Throne was over the waters” (11:7). In an another place its says “We made from water every living thing” (21:30). Is there any relationship of Maya and the Arabic word ‘Maa”? We can think about it more. This reference is just a food for thought.
Some people translate ‘Maya’ meaning as ‘great mother’ therefore it is an alternative name of Hindu goddesses “Durga. In Buddhism ‘Maya’ is the name of mother of Buddha. The Urdu word ‘Maa’ may also has derived from the original word ‘Maya’. The English words “Mummy” or “Ma’am” may also be from original word “Maya”. There are lot of other derivatives of Maya and the names ‘Maria’ or ‘Mary’ are also considered to be derived from the original word ‘Maya’. This is the depth of the actual meaning of ‘Maya’.
The English word ‘May” looks like a very similar to the word ‘Maya” .The fifth Gregorian month is May which was named for the Greek goddess Maia who was identified with the Roman era goddess of fertility. The most popular word ‘Mayonnaise’, in a view, is a popular corruption of moyeunaise, derived from the very old French word moyeu, which means yolk of egg i.e. Origin of life.