Even the image, the form of Bhagavan, is mãyã. He resides within us as the Self. That is the real Bhagavan. The saint Manikkavachagar, after receiving the blessings of Siva, sang a song in which he complimented Siva by calling him a mãyãvadin [one who propounds the doctrine of mãyã . We must learn the truth about maya from a Guru and then utilise his grace to transcend it.