I need further information about "Maya" as an Indian philosophical term.
The town of Estancia is about 7 crow miles to the southwest of my place. In
between are perhaps 15 or 20 cows, a hundred coyotes and some scrub. Very
little else. Estancia is generally just visible during the day. Some
mornings I can see mirages of the few buildings in Estancia. They are
beautiful, ephereal ghostly images, coming and going, now there and now not.
Indistinct and yet very material. Distorted and yet very real. Usually
elongated and sometimes with the upper part displaced. The mirages fill
much more of the horizon then the actual town does and with the vertical
distortion gives the impression of a city, not a quiet sleepy New Mexican
village. One moment the entire southwest horizon is full and then the next
a part of the mirage is gone. Mountainair is about 20 crow miles beyond
Estancia and sometimes the Images are together to form a virtual city of
mirages. Sort of an ideogramic notion.
I was at sea one very calm night about 40 miles off Los Angeles. It was
almost midnight when all of a sudden a city appeared to the east. We could
see flashing neon signs though we couldn't read them. Traffic lights were
distinct and we could clearly make out the headlights of cars moved back
and forth among the fixed lights of buildings. The mirage appeared as
though it was maybe 3 or 4 miles away. It lasted about an hour and then as
suddenly as it appeared it was gone.
In the mirages I have seen it is remarkable the lack of fear of the unknown
that they induce. They are inexplicable but yet produce no fear. They
simply are beautiful.
McIntosh, NM, USA
From: gopika jadeja <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Thursday, May 31, 2001 11:38 PM
Subject: mirages in TWL
> In a wasteland the surface does not represent the
>actuality of what
>It is supposed to be representing, and people are
>lives. "I've never done a thing I wanted to in all my
>life. I've done as I was told." You know?
>I think nothing in the wasteland is what it seems to
>Just look at the kind of geographical locations that
>All of them are landscapes that that generate mirages.
>Everything in the wasteland is probably a mirage.
>If I put it in terms of Indian philosophy, it is all
>Everything in this world (and the wasteland) is maya.
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