A term used in Hinduism to denote the illusory nature of the
world or empirical reality. It is to be distinguished from delusion,
since it implies that there is something present, although
not what it seems to be. According to the Vedas, the ancient
scriptures of India, the divine infinity of Brahman (impersonal
absolute) or Brahma (creative God) is real and is present in empirical
reality but is veiled by the illusory power of maya.