यथा निष्प्रभं मन्यते चातिमूढः।
तथा बद्धवद्भाति यो मूढदृष्टेः
स नित्योपलब्धः स्वरूपोऽहम् आत्मा॥ (हस्तामलकीयस्तोत्रम् 10)
ghanacchannadṛṣṭiḥ ghanacchannam arkam
yathā niṣprabhaṁ manyate cāti mūḍhaḥ|
tathā baddhavadbhāti yo mūḍadṛṣṭeḥ
sa nityopalabdhiḥ svarūpo'hamātmā||(hastāmalakiya stotram 10)
When the cloud covers the eyes, a fool says it is the sun that is covered by the cloud. In a similar way, the one whose vision is clouded by delusion, perceives the ever-present atman as bound.
This sloka is the perfect example of how simple the greatest truth can be. The cloud clouds our vision yet we say that it clouds the sun. Similarly, maya covers our vision and not the ever-luminous atman.