8 Mar 2013 - QA 2

Gurudev, what is the purpose behind this Creation, Maya (the grand illusion), and the cycle of life and death?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:

Do you play cricket?
Now why do you play it? It is so pointless to run with a bat in your hand from one end of the pitch to the other! Why waste so many hours on that? All you do is throw the ball from one place to another on the field. What do you really get by doing this?

(Ans: Gurudev, it is a source of entertainment.)

Yes! Just as you play with the bat and the ball for your entertainment, this entire Creation too is for God’s entertainment. This is why the entire Creation and everything in it is said to be God’s Leela (a game or a pastime of the Divine).