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In the game of life all points collected are Maya


All of you must have played the game of Mario at some point in life. In Mario, the player  collects the coins, kills the dragon and rescues his girlfriend; every time he collects a hundred coins, he gets a new life and the game goes on. As you play this game, you get thrilled when you collect a coin, or reach a higher level—you stay glued to the screen, oblivious to what is happening around you. Pause for a moment to think—have the coins that you collect helped any of you buy a real car or a good meal? As soon as you switch off the power, the coins disappear, so does the girlfriend. You think you passed the time, but in reality, time passed you. After two hours of play, you are still at the same level, maybe a little lower than what you were, because virtual stimulation dulls your reflexes, your eyes sting and even you don’t know what all junk you had stuffed into your stomach when you were engrossed in the play. The game of Mario was unreal, and the state it left you in, is your reality in the physical world.
Cut to the ‘real’ life. From morning to night one is engaged in the play of the five senses. All through life one is busy collecting more coins—wealth, power, relationships and more for oneself, without realising that with a single press of a nerve, all this will become redundant. With time, your senses will dull and you will not be able to enjoy any of that which you collected. As they place you on the funeral pyre, your own body will also not be with you—leave alone the other wordly possessions you accumulated. All that will remain is pain—the pain of parting with the coins that you had collected with so much attachment.
How old are you? Whether you are 20 or 40 or 80, these years are over for you. There is no “replay” or “try again” button in the game of life. The years will never come back and you have collected nothing to carry forward. With the coins that you collected in this life, you cannot even buy another life, and you leave the body dissatisfied. This is called maya.
Mario is maya of the five senses. Life is the maya of the total senses. You take another birth with a completely washed-out memory and make the same mistakes again. You do not improve as there is no one to show you the reality. Yes, there are books that tell you about reality, but you do not have a guru who shows you the reality. Unless your guru forces energy into you, you are unable to break the web of maya. Though energy is forced into a follower who sees beyond, the majority of people still fall back as their desire is the same. So the path beyond lies in the basic principles of Sanatan Kriya— start doing things for others. This will purify you and change your desires gradually. Find a guru who is not affected by maya and merge with him or her completely in a barrier-less state, and I am sure that you will understand the futility of playing Mario.
Yogi Ashwini is the spiritual head of Dhyan Ashram.

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