I had been to the outskirts of Bangalore on some work. In an open place there was a lot of garbage plied up. I saw a bull attacking a plastic cover among the garbage pile. It was stamping the plastic cover with its front legs and I do not know why it was acting in a peculiar way. I observed it for sometime first I thought there was something for it to eat in the cover, and then I realized that the cover was indeed empty. For about few minutes it showed its wrath on that plastic cover and then it started goring the plastic cover. After about four or five attempts of goring the plastic cover got stuck to the horns. When the bull did not find the plastic cover on the ground it walked to munch on the garbage.
As I was watch all this I was amazed at the behaviour of the bull. The plastic cover which had disturbed it a few minutes back now was over its head, but the bull never knew of it. Once the plastic cover was out of sight the bull calmed down. I wondered if we humans also treat Maya (Illusion) in the same way. We all do not want to get disturbed by Maya and hence we make an attempt to take it head-on. And in the process we end up pulling it on self without having an iota of doubt on how its influence on us. For example: we desire to own a car thinking we can drive it but unfortunately after the car is brought most of the time it is the car which drives us. Without it we cannot even go to the shop next street.
Maya can be dealt if it is ignore, the same would have been a better thing to do for the bull also, ignore the plastic cover. But then Maya is a mirage it seems to be there but is not. How to deal with Maya then? Maya can be evaded only if its master is taken into confidence. Who is the master of Maya? Maya of master is none other than its better side.
A small incident might give a clear picture. It so happened that a person was posted to a remote village as the school master. He set out from his home town. His friend advised him that the village was filled with shepherds who gaze their sheep in the outskirts of the village and to guard those sheep from the hungry wolf from the nearby forest they rare hunter dogs. The friend warned the school master to be aware of the hunter dogs as they were very furious and would attack any intruder. The school master reached the outskirt of the village and called out for the shepherd with his raised voice before the hunter dogs could smell his arrival.
The shepherd came to him and took him into the village safely. The school master knew that the shepherd is the master of the hunter dogs and it will remain in his control. The school master did not think of dealing the hunter dog himself so he used the safe route of calling out to the shepherd. Likewise if we call out for the Absolute to bestow His grace Maya by itself will be subdued.
There is no safer way to tackle the trap of Maya than surrendering to Absolute......What say??????