The Illusion: Snake vs Rope

Q. Master, the scriptures say that this world is an appearance. It is like seeing something which is not really there. They say it is like seeing the snake on a rope.

A. That's old and incomplete.

Q. What do you mean by that?

A. Those were pointers, they were contemporary pointers dependent on their place and time. That's why if you get too hung up on the words, you will not get anything from it.

Q. What would today's pointer be like?

A. Look at this world as a virtual reality simulation. Not only is the snake and rope that are appearing not really there, the one that is seeing the snake and the rope is also not there!

But don't get hung up on the words. Look to what they are pointing. They are always only pointing to what you really are. ALWAYS! WHY? BECAUSE THERE'S NOTHING ELSE!


  1. Could you be so kind and share some links to other resources that open up this subject of course if you are aware of some.

    1. Hi,

      If you're referring to the illusion of seeing the snake in the rope, then it's one of the most commonly used metaphors in Vedantic texts. You will see it mentioned in Shankara's texts. You can't miss it in Vedanta.

      I am not currently aware of any other links, other than the ones already posted on this site. If I do come across new ones, I'll post them up as well.

    Who looks outside, dreams;
    Who looks inside, awakes.
    ~ Carl Jung