Maya is also a word derived from Sanskrit. It means the sense-world of manifold phenomena held in Vedanta to conceal the unity of absolute being; broadly ,ILLUSION.

Maya is also the name of one of my friends.

The Maya are probably the best-known of the classical civilizations of Mesoamerica. Today, they number about six million people, making them the largest single block of indigenous peoples north of Peru.

Maya is also the title of a book by Jostein Gaarder. Like all of his books it combines fiction with philosophy. In Maya the main theme is whether or not human existence has a deeper meaning, and, not surprisingly, the Hindu concept of Maya also features in the story. In a way this book is a sequel to The Solitaire Mystery. The Joker reappears and plays an important part.

Maya is one of the asuras in Hinduism. He is the architect and craftsman of the gods, the builder of illusions.

In the Mahabharata, Maya built the fantastically beautiful palace or assembly hall for the Pandus.

In the Ramayana, he built Pushpaka -- an intelligent flying city, or vimana.

His home is underground in the land of the Nagas or snake gods. Mandodari, his daughter, marries the demon Ravana, the villain of the Ramayana.

(Hinduism, Sanskrit: ma "not" + ya "this")

  1. material atmosphere in which the conditioned soul tries to enjoy without God; this material universe; the Supreme Lord's deluding potency.In the Mahabharata, maya tactics where adopted by the rakshashas during the war; or
  2. in the Mahabharata, an architect who managed to escape from the Khandava fire. He built the Sabha for Yudhishthira.

Maya is also the name of a high-end 3D program made by Alias Wavefront. It is essentially a modeling, character animation and visual effects system designed for professional animators and game designers. Built on a procedural architecture called the "Dependency Graph" (nodes attatched to other nodes...imagine!), it is extremely powerful and flexible in generating digital images of animated characters and scenes.

Maya was a shape-shifting character introduced in the second and final season of the ITC space opera Space: 1999. Maya was played by actress Catherine Schell.

In the episode "The Metamorph" (first aired in 1976), Maya was the stunningly beautiful, side-burned daughter of Mentor. Mentor and Maya were the last of a race called the Psychons. The Psychons mastered the secrets of molecular transformation and they could shape shift. Alas all their science did not save them from the near destruction of their planet's environment. Psychon, once a beautiful verdant world, now resembled a British sound stage complete with hunks of rock grey foam and shredded green plastic trash bags made to resemble alien foliage. So what I mean to say is Psychon was one huge volcano. Volcano planet. You dig? It wasn't a super great place to live.

Alas, Mentor's desire to return his world to a verdant paradise knew no ethical limit. He was like a Raelian crossed with a Scientologist crossed with a Microsoft biz dev guy. He believed the citizens of Moonbase Alpha could be turned into bio-batteries that would help power a super computer that could restore the planet's original environment. How that was all going to come about was a bit hazy but this was 1976. If a computer could understand human speech in The Six Million Dollar Man, by 1999 a computer could certainly handle the trivial task of teraforming a shattered planet. Know what I'm saying there, Action Jackson?

Maya -- a sweet innocent bearded version of Prospero's daughter Miranda -- was made aware of her dad's malevolent plans and helped the Moonbase Alphaians to escape by blowing up her dad and her home world. After slaughtering her father, she joined the Moonbase Alphaians and used her shape shifting, advanced scientific knowledge, pluck, and sexiness to save Walter Koenig and crew many a time.

Swedish slang for marijuana. Other spellings are "maja" and "majja".

Other synonyms are:

  • Gräs (grass)
  • Braja
  • Narki
  • Ganja

Ma"ya (?), n. Hindoo Philos.

The name for the doctrine of the unreality of matter, called, in English, idealism; hence, nothingness; vanity; illusion.


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