I know, I know, of the cup that cheers but doesn’t inebriate;
In my younger days , my eldest sister often quoted :
But die hard gamers will say the game has become simple as ever. Thats all we can take in this iron age. Adult, muscular and athletic men kick around a small airy ball and cry over missed posts and nets, while a whole nation can swoon, exult or drown in depression.
Gone are the Greek olympic style bravado and courage or the gladiators’ real life games of grit and survival. The ‘Human’ now is weak , a resource , not much of a ‘being’ and the game too – proportionately lighter ! – Just a ball and a post could send countries of men and women reeling through deep emotion, elation and suicide ! And all that , for one bouncing ball on the field ! Now thats a serious way to look at a game of football and maybe George Bernard Shaw saw it that way too when he quipped about cricket being played by 22 fools with 22,000 fools watching !
In the game of life, we are playing with material nature as our constant unseen opponent – a formidable one at that. mama maya duratyaya – Krishna says in the Gita . For those who don’t see it, there is no game to play. They are being played upon and are forced to respond .
Sounds familiar ? No ordinary match fixing this !
Yoga is the play on the field, by the intelligent player who knows the field and the players and himself by cultivated knowledge and realisation. He scores goals of victory and moves ahead in the game of life. He plays in real time in the real world, while others scream emotionally in their make believe world of apparitions, side by side. Its played parallel always, and is constantly on .
Gita Wisdom teaches us how to play the real game of life and be winners. Both sides win – its real win/win !
Bhakti Vinoda Swami