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Charan Prabhu there are 2 , Yoga maya & Maha Maya ,Yoga maya Acts on Devotees in Spiritual world & maha maya acts on Conditioned souls. when you are Doing Devotional Service you are under Krishna/Yoga maya , & when you are not doing devotional service you are under maha maya.
Once a devotee of Prabhupada asked why sometimes we come under mayas Influience
to that Prabhupada replied we are always under maya sometimes we Fall into krishna Consciousness.
This is very true
Kaam krodh lobha Moha Matsar ......... These r the weapons of maya by which it attacks......... The only weapon we can use to completely overcome the impact of maya is bhakti krsna Katha Hari naam harichintan serving attitude to krsna.
When and where does maya attack?
Every and anywhere. Anytime and all the time. Maya attacks us when we expect the least.
Does maya keep watching us 24 hrs a day??
YES, Of course
How to understand that the attack has taken place??
We think,act, speak in ways that are not conducive for Krsna consciousness.
With what weapon maya attacks??
Objects of sense gratification - gross and subtle and promises that are like mirage. Prahlad Maharaj says this
kutrāśiṣaḥ śruti-sukhā mṛgatṛṣṇi-rūpāḥ
kvedaṁ kalevaram aśeṣa-rujāṁ virohaḥ
nirvidyate na tu jano yad apīti vidvān
kāmānalaṁ madhu-lavaiḥ śamayan durāpaiḥ
In this material world, every living entity desires some future happiness, which is exactly like a mirage in the desert. Where is water in the desert, or, in other words, where is happiness in this material world? As for this body, what is its value? It is merely a source of various diseases. The so-called philosophers, scientists and politicians know this very well, but nonetheless they aspire for temporary happiness. Happiness is very difficult to obtain, but because they are unable to control their senses, they run after the so-called happiness of the material world and never come to the right conclusion. (SB 7.9.25)
It is the promise of future happiness that is Maya's greatest weapon.
How does maya force us to do things against our will ?
This question is similar to the question asked by Arjuna to Sri Krsna in BG
Arjuna said: O descendant of Vṛṣṇi, by what is one impelled to sinful acts, even unwillingly, as if engaged by force? (BG 3.36)
How to understand when and which weapon to use to overcome the impact of
There is ultimately only one weapon against maya which lord Sri Krsna has said
daivī hy eṣā guṇa-mayī
mama māyā duratyayā
mām eva ye prapadyante
māyām etāṁ taranti te
This divine energy of Mine, consisting of the three modes of material nature, is difficult to overcome. But those who have surrendered unto Me can easily cross beyond it.(BG 7.14)
Only those who surrender to Sri Krsna by taking shelter of Sri Krsna can survive the onslaughts of Maya. Lord Sri Krsna has mercifully appeared in the form of His divine names. When we take shelter of Krsna's names by chanting His names and hearing them attentively, we are slowly but truly freed from the clutches of Maya.
Hare Krsna Pr
If I may suggest this - Kindly refrain from using Demonic servant because it doesn't make sense.
Demoniac people are only servant of their senses.
You could just use our name or your aspiring servant or your insignificant servant.
Though not directly related to your question, But I would like to share the top 25 lessons to learn from RAMAYANA which applies to all of us. Below lessons are extracted from a talk given by HH Radhanath Swami practicing Bhakti Yoga for more than 4 Decades.
Thank you for taking time to read. I hope it answers most of your questions.