This version of snakes and ladders is very sophisticated and complex.
It is a complete map of various states of consciousness, character traits, lokas, behaviors etc. We roll the dice and depending on the square we land on, we proceed toward Moksha or slide back down to the bhuloka.
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This family home evening we played our first S&L game from Hinduism Today current issue. It is a lot of fun. Lots of intricate thought went into creating this game.
We didn’t have a die or cowrie shells, so i devised an alternative. I do have a clear cube and a deck of cards. So i took out all cards over 6. Then each player rolled the blank clear die, and called out whatever number, 1 through 6, they saw in their tyemuif. Then that is the number of cards they deal, and turn over the last card, which indicated how many moves to make. This created a nice sense of free will ( the mental creation ) and karma ( the random card ) in each player’s turn.
Bodhinatha continues with his weekly series of commentaries on The Path to Siva. In this past Sun One talk, he elucidates the four key beliefs in Hinduism, the three pillars of Sanatana Dharma and Gurudeva's three stages of faith. Primary to Hinduism is the key belief that God is within each of us. To have a well-rounded understanding and experience of Hinduism, to make spiritual progress, adhyatma vikasha, we need scripture, humility, temple worship, devotion. To fully experience God we need the guru to give the spark for meditation and deeper wisdom.