The following email was sent by Srila Giri Maharaja in response to a question he was asked by a devotee who called him on the phone and wanted an explanation of yoga maya and maha maya.
Srila Giri Maharaja Writes:
My dear Prabhu,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Sri Sri Guru Gauranga.
I want to clarify my answer to yesterday’s question.
Everything is happening within consciousness and consciousness is determined by faith.
Who has 100% faith in the Lord does not see himself as having any connection with the mundane world.
Who has 0% faith in the Lord sees himself only in connection with the mundane world.
There are unlimited positions between these two extremes.
In proportion to the degree of faith one has in the Lord, he will see himself as either a material or spiritual entity or some combination of the two.
In the same way, according to one’s faith, he will be governed entirely by the laws of material nature (maha maya), or the laws of the spiritual nature (yoga maya) or some combination of the two.
For these reasons, I say everyone is under illusion and no one can escape from the influence of illusion. We do, however, have the freedom to choose which illusion will govern our actions, either maha maya, yoga maya or a combination of the two.
Todays recommendation? Purchase as much yoga maya as you can. The value of that stock is rising quickly.
Swami B.K. Giri