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What is deliverance and liberation?

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The Hinduism and its offshoots have one thing in common. Belief in rebirth. 'Moksha' , 'Nirvana' means for them the deliverance and liberation from the cycle of birth-death-rebirth.

Actions come with results, just as causes come with consequences and effects. We can see from common sense, if at all we have to enjoy/suffer the benefits/consequences of our actions, we must undergo them during this birth itself. No carry-forward business. 'Religions believing in re-birth' believe in carry-forward of consequences and results of actions.

The cause-effects experienced during this birth is often called 'prArabdha karma'.

The accumulated cause-effects through many rebirths is often called 'saMchita karma'. It is just like bank balance. 'Bad actions' means debit balance in red ink and is something like a loan/overdraft to be repaid. 'Good actions' means credit balance which can be draw…

Why maaya is delusive and illusive?

Maya is pronounced "Maaya" ('a' is long).

Maaya has several meanings in several contexts.

1. VISHNU MAYA (pronounced Vishn`u maaya): The illusions created by the God Vishnu.

Examples: a) Disguising as a beautiful damsel "Mohini", Vishnu deluded S`iva. This delusion has led to the story of a son being born to their Union: Swami Ayyappa.

b) Vishnu converted Sage Narada into a woman, got her married and made her to live a worldly life. When Narada's sufferings reached to an unbearable stage, Vishnu appears himself before Narada and told him that everything was Vishnu Maaya.

2. Shakti Maaya : Also called Yoga Maaya. The Mother Goddess in Hinduism is called Shakti and the illusion/delusion created by her is Shakti Maaya. She is also called Maaya. Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and Vivekananda believed in this.

3. Other Gods may also have their own Maayas (delusions/illusions created by them). There is no bar.

4. Maaya in Advaita philosophy. : Often u…