Namaste and Hari Om!
Thank you so much for your explanation. I do understand that describing something which is anirvachniya is a herculean task and we should accept the scriptures if nothing else works. I'm reminded of the following excerpt from the commentary on Panchadasi by Swami Swahananda Ji in respect to verse 27:
"It is a dogmatic statement that can neither be proved nor disproved, at least in our present state of knowledge. The verification of this dogmatic statement may come when physics will merge into psychology, and psychology into physics".
Even though this is in reference to Panchikarana, the same may be applicable to Maya. But still, the intellect in us, wants to know the hows and whys not just out of personal curiosity but so that one can dissolve all the concepts into Brahman ultimately and realize without a doubt that there is Brahman only.
The basic understanding must have sprung from cause. It is what we see and experience, on the basis of which our Rishis and sages of prehistoric times must have started analyzing nature, and slowly and gradually, they must have kept making up the building blocks, so to say. It was not until sage Vyasa got all the literature together and compartmentalized the knowledge for easy understanding of the human beings. The Rishis of yore, no doubt, must have been endowed with special abilities for the discovery of knowledge. This endowment could only have come from the Lord, Brahman. Hence we say that Vedas are a breath of God. This part is my own logic and I can't give any reference to this......so I stand corrected please.
Ya Maya sa Maya means that what does not exist is Maya. Hence, I feel that whatever we are learning on Prakriti actually does not exist, but we are understanding a method which we are to negate later......superimposition and negation. This will resolve our mental doubts which we have as a Jiva. Once we reach the stage of Turiya, all these concepts will no longer matter to us.
So, I feel that this aspect should repeatedly be self-hammered by us into our intellects that we should not get lost in definitions and that our real target is something else. I am saying this because some people go to great lengths to memorize the features and numbers and tend to lose track early in their studies.
I just felt like emphasizing this. Kindly excuse me if I crossed my limits.
In Shri Guru Smriti