In the words of Swami Vivekananda, where he says, “A man of Science rises, he is thirsting after knowledge. No sacrifice is too great, no struggle too hopeless for him. He moves onward discovering secrets of nature, searching out the secrets from her innermost heart, and what for? What is it all for? Why should we give him glory? Does not Nature do infinitely more than any human being can do? – and nature is dull and insentient. Why should it be glory to imitate the dull, the insentient? Nature can hurl a thunderbolt of any magnitude to any distance. If a man can do one small part as much, we praise him and laud him to the skies. Why? Why should we praise him for imitating nature, imitating death, imitating dullness, imitating insentience? Yet we are all struggling after that. And this is Maya. “
In Vedanta (specifically Advaita Vedanta), Purusha is used as a synonym for Atman or the essence. The atman or the Purusha, is the true nature of everyone and everything in the entire universe, be it visible or invisible. Maya or Nature is the active term which in combination with Purusha or Atman, makes everything possible, visible, audible, touchable and even more. Maya is conceived as a power inherent to brahman that makes the impossible possible: it makes the non-dual, formless and attributeless brahman appear to ‘be the universe and all of its inhabitants’.