Human life is like the bubble that appears in the stream. You see it one moment and then, the next moment, it is gone like the star that twinkles.
So, in this complete picture that we discussed, what do we see? We see that the idea that we have about life–the image that we have about life, the security which we think we have, the everlasting happiness that we think we might derive, the feeling that we will exist forever, the insecurity of losing one’s life, of giving up all that we have–all these are facts which the mind refuses to accept.
Usually, it may accept it for a split minute, when something dire happens but not in the normal course of life. It likes to shut its eyes, put on blinkers maybe and move only in one direction saying–this is what it is.
Well, we can ignore reality but reality is reality and we can’t stop time. So, these are some of the psychological illusions linked to the physical quality of life that we all human beings go through and as yet, refuse to acknowledge as far as possible.
The refusing to acknowledge is the illusion. According to Vedanta, this is ‘Maya’. This means we like to think of something as we prefer to think about it and not as it actually is. And, what is it actually?
Life moves, but the problem is that we would like to freeze it and hold it. It is not possible.