That’s Why They Call It The Maya

(Reposting last night’s poem because I managed to delete it somehow!)

When my mentor GD talks, he often uses this phrase ‘that’s why they call it the maya’. Maya is a hindu/buddhist word which is translated as ‘the divine illusion’ but it is also got a sense of a cosmic joke in it. GD says it almost with an inaudible sigh – expressing a sense of wonder for how often one glimpses one’s truth and yet one gets pulled back into the drama and illusion of life. This poem is about that journey which we are all on…

That’s why they call it the maya;
because it can make emptiness seem so far,
when it is all around, all inside, all outside,
and the one watching it too.

That’s why they call it the maya;
because it can seem like lifetimes,
when it is just one moment, this moment,
in which every lifetime exists.

That’s why they call it the maya;
because words can make real,
what never existed, and never will,
and can even make real the one who questions it.

That’s why they call it the maya;
because all its suffering, all its joy,
is not more than a story,
which ends every second, begins every second.

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