“Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu gave protection to devotees and killed many demons in the course of His preaching work. He specifically mentioned that the Mayavadi philosophers are the greatest demons. Therefore He warned all others not to hear the Mayavada philosophy.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Chaitanya Charitamrita, Adi 17.53 Purport)
Friend1: The Mayavada philosophy is so dangerous that the recommendation is to stay away from it, if possible.
Friend2: Can you explain what that philosophy is?
Friend1: Take the two terms individually. Maya is the illusory energy. Illusion. The literal translation is “that which is not.”
Friend2: What does the “that” refer to and what is it really supposed to be?
Friend1: Everything that we see around us. That hand. That leg. That skyscraper building. That pizza pie fresh out of the oven. Those things are not the Absolute Truth. They are not what they seem.
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