Lila: The Play of the Absolute



Question: You say that considering myself to be a body-mind is root cause of all errors. But I see so many Jeevas taking birth in my world, surely it cannot be an accident, an error in the judgement by supreme Self?


Answer: There are two things to be sorted out clearly here. The first is–yes, there cannot be any error or accident as far as the Supreme or Absolute is concerned. I enter into the embodied existence in order to face opposite. The real, the self faces its opposite, which is embodied existence and the universe. Whenever there is a birth a universe appears. The moment sense of ‘I am’ comes into the existence at the time of birth, a universe comes into existence. The sense of ‘I am’ lies dormant in a newborn for a few years but it’s there right from the moment of his birth. The universe and mind body come into existence together.


Now you might think like this–there are so many jeevas in the universe–why do I want to constantly face the opposites only to wake again from this horrible nightmare. The answer is simple: There are no other embodied existences-but only one–that’s you feeling yourself to be inside a body-mind which is inside a universe. The moment you become liberated your universe dissolves. Multiplicity is an illusion. It’s very easy to understand if you talk about facts and leave fancies aside. 


Now-why must Self face the opposites to know itself? In the great silence of Self everything is contained–knowing and not-knowing, albeit in a potential form. It’s not a necessity but rather a play Lila which  gives rise to innumerable universes. It’s a play beyond descriptions because entertainment or boredom etc. don’t apply to a state beyond mind. Causation is possible only inside universe made by mind. Outside the universe causation is inapplicable like Time and Space. The play is uncaused. 

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