For those who believe in God, most of the big questions are answered. But for those of us who can’t readily accept the God formula, the big answers don’t remain stone-written. We adjust to new conditions and discoveries. We are pliable. Love need not be a command or faith a dictum. I am my own God. We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state, and our educational system. We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.
Charles Bukowski
Now the Indian term for ‘illusion’, maya - from the verbal root ma, ‘to measure out, to form, to creat, construct, exhibit or display’ - refers to both the power that creates an illusion and the false display itself. The art of a magician, for example, is maya ; so too the illusion he creates. The arts of the military strategist, the merchant, actor and thief : these also are maya. Maya is experienced as fascination, charm, specifically, feminine charm.
Louis de la Vallée-Poussin