is the nature of Supreme Consciousness, playful nature. The
phenomenal world is manifested Leela. The play is beginningless
- as well as endless.
Leela is the great adventure and the great discovery.
Again, and again, and again, and again - without any loss
and without any gain - this endless game is played. Those
who realize the "play" in the game are not caught
by the game-board, and know it as the Leela (Divine game)
of Leela-Dhar (Cosmic Consciousness). Those who identify with
the squares and planes of the game-board are played by the
game-board; and the game-board becomes maya
(illusion), the great veiling power that binds the mind.
It is maya which creates the phenomenal world.
It is Leela that makes it a great adventure. Tamas
brings the player to maya - and boundless love and spiritual
devotion to Cosmic Consciousness. Spiritual devotion (bhakti
loka) is the great discovery of Leela, created by maya of
Supreme Consciousness in order to enjoy Himself - to play
hide and seek with Himself. There is no purpose and no responsibility
In the words of Maharishi Raman: "The ideas
of purpose and responsibility are purely social in nature
and are created by mind to exhort Ego. God is above all such
ideas. If God is immanent in all and there is no one except
him, who is responsible for whom? Creation is expression of
inherent laws in the source of creation."
This inherent law is the playful nature of the
Divine, which is Leela.