Translated by Swami Sri Ramanananda Saraswathi (Munagala S. Venkataramaiah)
“The truth is that there is one Reality which is consciousness in the abstract and also transcendental, irradiating the whole universe in all its diversity from its own being, by virtue of its self-sufficiency, which we call Maya or Sakti or Energy. Ignorance lies in the feeling of differentiation of the creatures from the Creator. The individuals are only details in the same Reality.” ~ Tripura Rahasya
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