A tiny spark of life sets out to to play. Play in sankrit means lila. It gets into inanimate objects and bodies, fires them up and then pretends to be them. But it is not that easy. The small spark has to fill the object it inhabits. It has to create bonds with the object just like a puppeteer does with his puppets. This time the puppeteer is in the puppet. Before making connections and bonds, the spark of life sets a time clock for its entry and exit into this animate object. This time is recorded by the universe and nothing can change it.
When this spark of life which desires nothing but experience, inhabits an inanimate body, there are four stages or acts in its play:
- Bramhacharya Act: The spark of life animates the body. This is the training phase. It learns about its roles, connections , challenges and relationships with other animated and even inanimated objects. It understands the role and gets so deeply involved in it that it forgets who it really is. The ego is born and it grows.
- Grihastha Act : The plot thickens now. There are challenges and purposes that need to be fulfilled. This spark of life has to create opportunities for the entry of more sparks for that is also a purpose. The involvement becomes intense. It forgets that it is playing a role. Sometimes, in some cases it remembers and in those cases it uses a third person’s perspective to deal with the situations. In such cases, it becomes an example for others to follow. In most cases, it starts racing because ego makes it believe that there is nothing more important than winning. Most of time, this role occupies the central stage and acts as a hero of play.
- Vanaprastha Act: The main role now becomes a supporting role. Guest appearances, special appearances and cameos are used to share its experiences and wisdom and help the main cast to deal with situations and challenges. The spark of life is at a stage where it starts preparing to exit the role.
- Sanyas Act: For having lived this role for such a long time and developed relationships, it is now time to untangle those knots and let go. The attachment is removed by quiet contemplation of its real nature and the role it played from a third person perspective. Now, the spark of life has to understand its learnings and assimilate them for growth. The ego is silenced and surrendered. A quiet but firm realization starts setting in about the true identity of the self. As the attachments start weakening, the body loses animation but the spark of life grows stronger. As the detachment grows, the pain becomes lesser and lesser.
- The Death: Exit: The spark of life now exits the body. The moment it exits the body, it is no longer involved in the role or the relationships that were developed with the role. It goes on to find new expressions and new roles just like the actors who quit one role and start with the other. Other roles that were attached to it lament the exit of the puppet but the spark of life resumes it journey to more challenging and complicated roles. With each role it plays and the knowledge it gains, it gains more lustre and shine. As it grows in detachment, compassion, patience and tolerance, the spark becomes as bright as the sun and illuminates the universe.
Easy Death: When the spark of life realizes its true nature, it is easy to let go of the body and attachment at the time of exit from the object it had inhabited. It becomes as easy as walking out of the door of an open house. If the attachment is strong, the locks malfunction and the spark of life struggles to get out at the appointed hour and sometimes has to climb out through the chimney or the window to ensure that the deadline is met. Perhaps that is why it is known as the deadline because it needs to be crossed at a particular time!