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.
Lord Siva is the Supreme Being of the universe, not one of many gods. To Saivites Siva is the supreme being; to Vaishnavites Vishnu is the supreme being. The soul starts with experiencing the world. On one side the soul is pulled by veiling grace toward the world. On the inside the soul is pulled by revealing grace toward God. Resolving karma, maturing in the world, fulfilling dharma, we move toward imperturbability, realization, moksha.