The Job of Maya, the illusory energy of Krishna

By Niraj Bidawatka

A person surrenders when he is in a helpless state and comes to the conclusion that he has no power to defend himself. He comes to the realization that the enemy is very strong and that he cannot over power the enemy on his own strength. In such a situation, he has two options, either he should surrender unto the enemy or approach someone, who is more powerful than the enemy.

In our case, we are overpowered by māyā, the material illusory energy of the Supreme Lord. In the Bhagavad-gita (7.14), Krishna says that “It is impossible to overpower My illusory energy called māyā. One can surpass it only by surrendering unto Me”

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The job of māyā is to put us into the false impression that we can become happy by keeping our bodies healthy and by gratifying our senses. It shows us the false illusory glitter of this material world, forces us to work hard for enjoying social life, family-life, sex-life, etc. and makes us falsely believe that there is no need of God. It keeps us engaged in the four animalistic propensities of life namely eating, sleeping, mating and fearing.

But one who is intelligent, comes to the factual understanding that, “I am trying to be happy by enjoying my life. I have been working so hard since so long and I have amassed so much wealth and I have given the best comforts to my body and senses, but still I am not happy. So let me surrender unto God.”

Such person tries to understand the real identity of God and after many many births (bahunām janmanām ante – Bg. 7.19), comes to the factual understanding that Krishna, the son of Vasudeva, is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. In such a realized state, an intelligent person surrenders unto Krishna and overcomes the illusory power of māyā (Durga devi).

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