Tuesday, January 20, 2015

LILA: Came across this term in Tolle's "The Power of Now"...

I stumbled upon the term, LILA, term today and I am truly fascinated by it! Here is the segment from page 99 of The Power of Now, which I will be dissecting and blogging asap.

"The world arises when consciousness takes on shapes and forms, thought forms and material forms. Look at the millions of life forms on this planet alone. In the sea, on land, in the air - and then each life form is replicated millions of times. To what end? IS someone playing a game, a game with form? This is what the ancient seers of India asked themselves. They saw the world as Lila, a kind of divine game that God is playing."

Did a little research on Lila, but plan to delve into this much more and will revisit this post. Here are a couple quotes discussing the meaning:

"There is an old Sanskrit word, lila, which means play, richer than our word, it means divine play, the play of creation, destruction, and re-creation, the folding and unfolding of the cosmos. Lila, free and deep, is both the delight and enjoyment of this moment, and the play of God. It also means love."

"Lila may be the simplest thing there is  spontaneous, childish, disarming. But as we grow and experience the complexities of life, it may also be the most difficult and hard-won achievement imaginable, and its coming to fruition is a kind of homecoming to our true selves."

Both quotes are from Stephen Nachmanovitch's book, Free Play

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