72 71 70 69 68 67 66 65 64 dull qualities active qualities good qualities plane of creation plane of Siva plane of Vishnu plane of bliss plane of inner space plane of nature 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 ego plane of first sound plane of air plane of light plane of truth positive intellect negative intellect happiness darkness 54 53 52 51 50 49 48 47 46 plane of devotion plane of water plane of violence earth plane of austerity River Ganga River Yamuna Goddess of Wisdom conscience 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 wisdom plane of energy plane of elimination plane of circulation creative plane plane of fire human birth false knowledge right knowledge 36 35 34 33 32 31 30 29 28 clarity netherworld plane of flavor plane of fragrance plane of devas nature spirits good tendencies false faith true faith 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 plane of karma giving atonement plane of dharma heavenly plane bad company good company sorrow selfless service 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 plane of joy mercy jealousy underworld lower astral plane higher astral plane envy devas of music purification 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 birth illusion anger greed earth plane delusion conceit or vanity avarice plane of sensuality a. manivel Hindu Games Snakes and Ladders The Western children’s game Snakes and Ladders, or Chutes and move forward. Nowadays dice are used. If the player lands on a lad- Ladders, comes from the Indian game for adults called Gyan der, he jumps to the square at the top of the ladder. If he lands on Chaupar, the “Game of Knowledge.” Gyan Chaupar teaches the the head of a snake, he slides back down the snake to a low square. Hindu spiritual path to moksha, which is liberation from reincarna- The object of the game is to land exactly on square 68, the center tion. There are 72 numbered squares on the board listing various of the top row. This square represents liberation from rebirth and virtues, vices, states of consciousness and planes of existence. The entry into heaven. If he lands past 68, he continues to play until he ladders start from squares with virtues, such as devotion, and move reaches 72, which takes him back to 51 for another try. The game is the player up the board. Snakes are found on squares of vices, such an entertaining way to learn about making progress on the spiritual as jealousy, and take the player back down the board. path. By cultivating a virtue, such as devotion, one advances. By Play begins at square one in the lower left corner. In the old falling prey to egotism, one goes backwards. days, the player threw six cowrie shells on the floor. The number Play the game online or download the board and full instructions of shells that landed upright indicated the number of squares to at www.hinduismtoday.com/resources/snakesandladders.
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