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.
In our teachings we're both monistic and theistic. In the beliefs of Saivism the idea of the three worlds is the basis and key to understanding temple worship, theism. The inner worlds are there to help you. The essence of the soul is already the same as the essence of God Siva, monism. You just have to find it.