(Sanskrit माया) Originally, "wisdom, art, supernatural power." Later, the term became interpreted as "illusion, deception, appearance." Maya is also used as a name of the Divine Mother.

from Sanskrit ma: (1) not; (2) mother; (3) measure 

1. Literally, “not that” or “Mother, That.” Enchantment, illusion, appearance. 

2. A name of Lakshmi (Mahamaya), the Divine Mother; also the name of the mother of Buddha Shakyamuni

3. A name of a demon goddess (Maya-asura)


"The one who does not know how to fulfill his duties as a simple citizen cannot tread the path of the great mysteries. Many disciples forget the good manners of a sincere and honorable gentleman or lady and become truly irresponsible and even dangerous individuals."

Samael Aun Weor, The Major Mysteries