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Maya

Maya, literally ‘illusion’ (a perceived reality, where things appear to be present but are not what they seem) has multiple meanings in Indian religious traditions. In Guru Granth Sahib, as in the quote above, it can be interpreted as material allurement indicating the world and its traps (apparently real but actually corrupting). In other words, it can be compared to ‘Mammon’ (materialism or greed for riches) and ‘Plutolatry’ (excessive devotion to wealth). Likewise, māyā-moh, attachment to Maya or material allurement is another commonly used term in Guru Granth Sahib. Maya is also an epithet for Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth in Hinduism. Hence, occasionally it also refers to wealth in Guru Granth Sahib and in Panjabi. Thus, in Guru Granth Sahib’s parlance, Maya refers to any such attachment with the phenomenal world and material wealth and relationships that leads one to vices and separation from IkOankar.