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The Illusions Under Which We Live

Girish Borkar
3 min readNov 5, 2023


In our earthly sojourn, we often find ourselves entangled in a web of illusions, clouding our perception of the profound spiritual reality that underlies our existence. These illusions, while seductive, can hinder our journey towards self-realisation and enlightenment. It is essential to explore these veils of illusion and unveil the deeper truths they conceal.

One of the most pervasive illusions is our attachment to material possessions. We are constantly pursuing wealth, power, and status, believing that they will bring us lasting happiness. However, these external acquisitions are transient, and the joy they provide is fleeting. True fulfilment lies in recognising that our material possessions are ephemeral and that genuine wealth is found within our souls.

Our ego, the sense of a separate self, often distorts our perception of reality. It makes us believe that we are distinct from others and fosters division and conflict. The spiritual path encourages us to transcend the ego, understanding that our individual identities are mere constructs. When we dissolve the ego’s illusion, we realise our interconnectedness with all beings.

Time, with its past and future, creates another layer of illusion. We often dwell on past regrets or future anxieties, overlooking the profound present moment. True spiritual awakening occurs when we embrace the eternal now, recognising that past and future are mere mental constructs, and all we genuinely possess is this moment.

The illusion of separation is a profound source of suffering. We believe we are separate from others, from nature, and from the divine. However, the spiritual truth reveals our inherent interconnectedness. We are not isolated beings but integral parts of a vast cosmic tapestry. Recognising this unity dissolves the suffering born of separation.

Fear is a potent illusion that holds many in its grip. We fear the unknown, death, judgment, and rejection. Yet, spiritual wisdom teaches us that fear is a creation of the mind and a distortion of reality. When we overcome our fears and embrace faith and love, we move closer to the spiritual truth that transcends fear.

We often labour under the illusion of control, believing that we can manipulate and determine every aspect of our lives. However, the grand scheme of the universe is beyond our control. Surrendering to this truth is liberating; it allows us to find peace in acceptance and faith.

To break free from these illusions and discover the profound spiritual reality, we must embark on a journey of self-discovery and inner exploration. This path involves meditation under the guidance of a realised Master, mindfulness, and self-reflection. As we shed the layers of illusion, we come to recognise our divine nature, the unity of all life, and the eternal presence of the divine in every moment.

Embracing spiritual practices and living mindfully helps us pierce through the veils of illusion that obscure our perception of reality. We awaken to the eternal truths that transcend material wealth, ego, time, separation, and fear. As we let go of these illusions, we step into the realm of profound spiritual awakening, where we find true meaning, fulfilment, and inner peace, unveiling the reality that has always been present within and around us.



Girish Borkar

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