Maya means “magic”. Avidya means “ignorance”. Not the ignorance of “stupidity”, but the ignorance of not-knowing. Every moment of your life, you are looking at reality, but your ignorance hides it from you with the magic of Maya. Your ignorance does not cover reality, it covers your own eyes, your understanding. Reality is always in plain sight. Where else can it be? There is no place else but right here and right now. The “secret” to perceiving reality is to know that there is no secret. As long as you think there’s a secret, you will be looking in the wrong place. The only thing preventing you from seeing reality is the veil of Maya you hold over your own eyes.
Notes to myself while reading “Journey From Many To One”, P. 107, Swami Bhaskarananda