Maya has a dual role. She can go both ways. That’s why the devotees, by giving spiritual intelligence, then when they can see things in the proper spiritual perspective, then Māyā’s role becomes very conducive for being Kṛṣṇa conscious. But when we’re in total ignorance, then Māyā is keeping us… That’s not Māyā’s only definition. Māyā also means to forget Kṛṣṇa. You know, “that which is not.” So the way we can see Māyā’s mercy is when we’re Kṛṣṇa conscious. So we need that Kṛṣṇa conscious intelligence, then we can see even Māyā as an energy of Kṛṣṇa. Just as Śrīla Prabhupāda said when the devotee goes back to Kṛṣṇa, then even Māyā is standing offering her respects.
His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj
1989, 20thSeptember, SB class, @ Bhaktivedanta Manor, UK