The Game of Life

With the words of Sri Bhagavan.

«The ultimate understanding or the ultimate enlightenment is, you realize there is no purpose to life—just to live.

You are here basically to enjoy yourselves. Why should the universe exist at all? Have you not seen Nataraja’s dance (Shiva as the Lord of Dance)? He is merely dancing, isn’t it? It is the dance of creation. He is simply celebrating life.
So each one has to find out how to celebrate this life. What comes your way—accept it and enjoy it. You have to create what you want.
(…) So, if you are awakened, the same mountains, the same stars you saw earlier would look very different. You could enjoy the world and simply pass away from this world. This is the game of life.
(…) There must be liberation from work. It does not mean not doing work. You don’t see it as work anymore. You see it as play. So you must see everything as a game. You must know, everything is a passing phase. Everything will come to an end soon, because there is nothing permanent. Order will move into disorder, disorder will move into order, weak man may become strong, strong man could become weak, intelligent people may become unintelligent, unintelligent may become intelligent, love could become hate, hate could become love. This is the law of the universe. You cannot stop these things. So you have to accept them. If you accept them, you would start enjoying life. You would be playing with it. That is the thrill of living.

You have come down here to play your whole life as a game. (…) when you do become awakened you will see how beautiful, how perfect this world is. You will really start playing it like a game. You will start living for the first time.
(…) You should truly understand your purpose as to why you have come down here. You have been sent here to have a good time! But you have made a mess of the whole thing. Once you are awakened, no matter what your situation is, you will have a good time. That’s what life is all about. That’s why we use the word līla—just to play.

Question: Sri Bhagavan, what is my swadharma? How do I come to know about it? Since the very beginning of my education I have not faced any success. Why is it Sri Bhagavan?
Sri Bhagavan: Swadharma has got two meanings, two connotations. One refers to your nature. Suppose you are a violent person and that is your nature, then you should not join any pacifist movement. You should either join the police force or the army. That is the best place for you. Let us say your basic nature is to sing, then the best thing is that you become a singer. Or if the basic nature of your body is to dance, then you become a dancer. That is one of the meanings of the word swadharma. This connotation is to actually know your true nature and act accordingly. Like Krishna tells Arjuna, «your swadharma is to fight, not to talk peace.» So you must know what your true nature is, what your constitution is in relation to the vata, pita, and kapha (the 3 doshas or the elemental balance in the body and mind), whether there is sattva, rajas, or tamas predominant in you, what is your combination and accordingly you must be true to your nature.
The other thing is discovering your mission in life. God (or consciousness) has a definite mission for each one of you, which you must clearly understand and live accordingly. For that to happen you must discover God. But in Kali Yuga (Iron Age) you have lost contact with God. Here we are trying to put you in touch with God, whereby you and God can talk, and God can tell you the purpose of your life. Then accordingly you must live. It has to come directly from God. That is the other aspect of swadharma.

You don’t have to think about why you came to the planet. Whatever your natural desires are—you should fulfill them. If you do this you will know why you came here. If you try to know why you came here or if you deny yourself, you will never get there.
Express yourself, enjoy yourself, be aware and you will know all these things.

Consciousness is the playground where the higher and lower consciousness are at play. 

Your choice aligns you to the higher or the lower consciousness. 

Yad bhavam, tad bhavati—as you feel so shall it be. 

When you are focused all things fall into place.

Do not let the situation determine your state, let your state determine the situation. 

(The Growth Formula says that—) Intent (or Desire, Passion, Vision, Focus) + Effort (or to Take Action) + Grace (or Synchronicities) = Growth and Achievement.

When you are passionate, the Lord (the divine) or the whole universe «conspires» to give you what you seek.

You co–create your destiny with God.

Prayer is like an itch you send up the body of God (or consciousness, the universe).

Life is a celebration.

Life is relationships.

A family that plays together, prays together and eats together stays together.

Life is what you make of it—a school, a battlefield or a playground.

Life—no matter how it was lived—is a spiritual experience when viewed from Eternity.

Everything ultimately is like the onion. If you go on peeling an onion, you find there is nothing in the end. Similarly, if you go on peeling life’s experiences, consciousness, God, or anything, in the end you would feel there is nothing but Silence.
Life is a mystery to be lived—not a riddle to be solved or understood. That’s all there is to it.
All things emerge from that Silence and return to that Silence. You too would eventually merge into that Silence from which you emerged in the first instance.»

And with the words of Drunvalo Melchizedek.

«Life may seem to be business as usual, but it is not. We are changing fast… Remember this, for life is going to present stranger things to you in your lifetime, and they all have meaning and purpose…

From 1972 until 1994 I studied with these «spheres of light» a subject that the world has named «sacred geometry,» which showed me, for certain, that all of creation was created by a single pattern—the Flower of Life. This gave me the proof that my mind needed to understand that there is only One Consciousness in this One Universe, and this undeniable proof let my mind surrender to my heart. Finally, life begins in a simple way, in what could be called «the original way.»

For me, the call to this way of life was so strong that I felt like I had no choice. It simply began to happen all around me as I followed my inner guidance.

Pure guidance is within you.

Life may appear as a mysterious journey, but (lived) from within the heart it is child’s play.

Like I said, Life is amazing!»

And paraphrasing Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

«Live 200% in life—100% inner fulfillment of the silent, «absolute level of life» and 100% abundance of achievement and happiness in the «outer field or playground of relative life.»

And last but not least, with the words of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj.

«The Real is simple, open, clear and kind, beautiful and joyous. It is completely free of contradictions. It is ever new, ever fresh, endlessly creative. Being and non–being, life and death, all distinctions merge in it.

You can know it (the core of being) in action only. Express it in daily life and its light will grow ever brighter.

(…) Life ceases to be a task and becomes natural and simple, in itself an ecstasy.»

Tip—read more from Sri Bhagavan here, and read more from Drunvalo Melchizedek here and here.

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