Wednesday, May 16, 2007
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Lila sometimes spelled leela (Sanskrit: लीला) is a concept from Hinduism that explains the universe as a cosmic puppet theater or playground for the gods. "Lila" literally means "play," but in religious texts refers to "purposeless play" - life as a spontaneous game. Because worldly roles and duties (dharma) are divinely assigned and beyond human control in Hindu philosophy, lila is as simple as "might as well enjoy it." Lila, purposeless play, is both a purpose in itself and the reward of every living being, and is therefore considered divine.