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Are we all part of a big complex computer game ? This game is called life and God is playing it. We are all actors in the game and we come across various other actors in the game. We choose to take decisions at different parts of this game and what happens is that the game moves on. As we play more and more of this game, we start to become knowledgeable about it. So much so that we start believing that we are the ones who are playing the game. All the decisions that we take seem to emanate from us. We seem to be in perfect control. But knowingly or unknowingly, the controller of the game is not us, but God. We are just tools. God is playing this game through us. To experience Him/Herself.

Whether it’s a speech to be orated or a project to be completed, we take great pride when the task is fulfilled. Not knowing that it’s God who completed the task through us. Whatever talent we have or abilities that we have developed is because of His/Her power. Simply speaking, we don’t own anything, we are just custodians. Everything in the universe belongs to God. Whether it’s a million dollar bank account or the apple that we ate yesterday. When we were born, did we arrive with anything that is ours, except this body ? Think about it. This whole world is His/Her creation, including this accumulated stuff called the body. When we die, can we take anything with us ? Not even a needle. That’s the materialistic view of life.

Now, we are not our body or mind or anything else. We are God’s progenies. Which means that we are part of him. Since God is pure energy, we are also energy. This energy is manifested as the Universe that we perceive. There are 2 aspects to it – the gross and the subtle. The gross is the materialistic universe that we see. The subtle is the spirit. The subtle energy pervades everywhere. Thus, we are not just a part of the universe – we are the universe ourselves. Like Rumi says, we are not a drop in the ocean, but the ocean itself. Now this energy referred to as Spirit is our consciousness or awareness. We are a part of not just this grand universe but every sub atomic particle that is there.

But how come we don’t experience this ? The reason is that we limit ourselves and believe that our sense organs (which are imperfect) are perfect tools for experiencing what is around us. We create our own worlds and believe that we are right. The point I’m trying to make is that there is a much bigger ‘You’ that is trapped within these layers of beliefs. To wake up to this reality, we need to perceive God as he is – 100% pure energy. The first step towards that is to realize that we are not this body or mind. Once we transcend these limitations, we will see that everything around us is nothing but an extension of ourselves. We see ourselves everywhere and we see the outside within us. This is called Sankhya and this is our initiation towards the ultimate.

From Sankhya, we proceed to Karma (Selfless action), Bhakti (pure devotion) and Jnana (true knowledge). Finally when we can perceive God as He/She is, that is the highest knowledge that is there. Many people have attained this state. It’s within our reach, just that we should be willing to experience it. From ignorance to bliss – yes, that’s our journey !

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