Perception is perspectival. It is from here, now, from this angle. This is obvious.
Thought is also perspectival. Only unlike perception, thought appears absolute. As if it hovers free of the here and now, seeing the world from above.
Science as a practice is a method for safe guarding against this illusion implicit in thinking. The scientific method and the method of peer review acknowledges that no thought about any scientific matter in fact has reached a non-perspectival stance. Which is not to say all claims are on a par. But the scientific method is a guard against the illusion of objectivity.
Most everyday thought is not scientific. It is mundane, about oneself and others. About who did what to whom, who is right and who is wrong, about fears and hopes, anxieties and dreams.
This mundane thought no less carries the illusion of objectivity. As thought, it feels like it simply is capturing the truth, stating just how things are beyond perspective.
To fall for this illusion of thought is maya. It is to live in sin. Sin is not fundamentally a moral claim. It is a claim of knowledge, or more specifically, the lack of knowledge. Of not knowing what one does not know. Of thinking one knows when one doesn’t. To live in sin is to be caught in maya. To live in dukha – suffering.
The safeguard against maya is not maya-free thought. For the assumption of perspective-less thought, of maya-free thought, is itself maya.
The safeguard against maya is simply awareness of thought. Simply awareness of the contours of thought without judgment. Without bringing more thought to thoughts. Letting the thoughts buzz without identifying them. Without falling for the illusion implicit in the thoughts that they are free of bias and perspective, that they transcend the here and now, the local and the limited. That while others are limited by their perspective, my thoughts are really most thought-like, really capture the world as it is.
Cosmic awareness is awareness of the limitedness of all of one’s thoughts. An awareness which is not fooled by thoughts’ appearance of objectivity.
It is a stillness among the buzzing of thoughts. Untouched by them. Free of illusion.