Chained to the Illusion of Appearances


If you grok the quotation at the top of the website from the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, you will understand that it does not benefit the ‘gods’ to have us realize and Remember who we are. In fact it is said that if everyone here in third dimensional planet Earth were to simultaneously become enlightened, the entire temporal illusory universe would disappear.


The gods can’t allow that. They have far too much invested and thus too much to lose in their myriad Loka worlds, where they are enjoying themselves. Thus it is in their interest, in a way their ‘job’ to keep us deluded and chained to illusion of appearances as perceived via Prakriti’s GUNA-MAYA and the five senses.


The most effective instrument of our bondage is religious dogma, all religious dogma. Dogma closes down inquiry and demands blind faith. ‘Knowing’ as wisdom makes faith unnecessary. Once you know something, you no longer need to believe in it – you KNOW it! The endless laws and rules of religious dogma cast a suffocating net of frozen rigidity over the natural inclinations of your imaginative, as Alain Danielou says, ‘transcendental intuition’ 


“To the very extent that they are divinely inspired, religions must make every effort to close the gate of liberation.”

-A. Danielou


Most of the major religions in the world today all emerged within the Kali Yuga. There are often reports that the extraterrestrials claim to have introduced these religions to our planet. There is no word in Sanskrit equivalent to religion. The term DHARMA is the closest, but is not really similar. I vividly remember many years ago reading Alain Danielou saying something like ---


“If you really understood what you were reading, you would never need to read another word.”


How does the immeasurable immensity bind ITSELF in the illusion of a temporal separation? Prakriti’s GUNA-MAYA must by necessity be an immensely powerful force – SHAKTI - to veil Isness. In Kashmir Saivism it is said that when you realize the God-within you and Remember who you are, you will be completely astonished that you could ever have been deluded into thinking you were separate.


Beneath the illusory appearance of endless multiplicity – there is only ONE.



As many animals serve a man, so does each man serve the gods. Even if one animal is taken away, it causes anguish to the owner; how much more so when many are taken away!


Therefore it is not pleasing to the gods that men should know this [that they are IS-ness].


Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, I.iv.10


In every cry of every man,

In every infant's cry of fear

In every voice, in every ban,

The mind-forged manacles I hear…


Excerpt from the poem 'LONDON' by William Blake




Virtue, Success, Pleasure, Liberation

The Four Aims of Life in the tradition of Ancient India

Alain Danielou

Inner Traditions International, 1993


While the Gods Play: Shaiva Oracles & Predictions on the Cycles of History & the Destiny of Mankind

Alain Danielou

Inner Traditions, 1987


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