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.
"Temples with multiple deities can be confusing, especially for today's Hindu youth. For clarity, we need to bring forward a more precise understanding of the different Hindu denominations and how the different Gods are viewed from within each denomination. For spiritual advancement it is best to focus on one deity and get to the vibration that deity. When we hear teachings from various Hindus, it is important to understand and identify which denomination they are speaking from. This will avert confusion when that teaching gets contradicted in a different context where someone is talking about the same subject but from a different philosophical background."
Bodhinatha reviews the main characteristic of Saivite philosophy and practice with an indepth focus on the four stages of religions evolution, chariya, kriya, yoga and jnana. He highlights how this shows that Saiva Siddhanta is unique and quite from the modern practice of Hinduism as Vedanta