Life Is Play – In Gita Verse 2.44 In the minds of those who are too attached to sense enjoyment and material opulence, and who are bewildered by such things, the resolute determination for devotional service to the Supreme Lord does not take place.
Krishna is now specifically saying that people who are attached and only stuck to the words of knowledge they will not be growing in consciousness and the universe will not give them any assignment.
So drop your attachments, come out of all the knowledge and use your intelligence, see the universal assignment given to you, act on that.
In simple words play your role given by the universe.
“Jeevan ko aise jiyo jaise wo abhinay hai aur abhinay aise karo jaise wo jeevan hai. Phir tum dono mein safal ho jaoge.” (Live life as if you were playing a role and act as if it’s your life. Then you will succeed in both.)
Generally, we live our lives not very consciously. It is lived mechanically and soon becomes dull and boring. This kind of life lacks life, it has no real heartbeat and no real sensitivity. It becomes a drag. People become walking corpses.
To transform this so-called life, one needs to energise it constantly with some prana (energy) and live it in a moment-to-moment awareness. Then this very life becomes a pilgrimage of consciousness and a divine grace envelops it. On doing this, one feels very light and playful.
Lightness and playfulness are inter-connected. A man who is playful will feel a certain lightness of his being. It comes with a spirit of being egoless. The ego is something very serious. It is too much of identification with the roles that we play in our lives, without the understanding that the role is just a human function. Being a mother, a father is just a role given to us by existence. Being a doctor or a politician is also a role in society. One has to perform with totality but not get too much identified with the roles. The roles keep changing, as all human beings are created by Existence to live a multi-dimensional life. To be identified with only one role of life is to become fixated and imprisoned, while life has so much to offer. Then we don’t see its vastness and remain confined. This is the real misery of human beings.
One needs to move from this misery to the mystery of life that surrounds us every moment. If one observes this whole universe one will see it is not serious or miserable – only man is.
Have you seen a serious tree. Have you seen a serious bird. Have you seen a serious sunrise. Have you seen a serious starry night. It seems they are all laughing in their own ways, dancing in their own ways. We may not understand it, but there is a subtle feeling that the whole existence is a celebration.”
If you dance, the whole existence becomes a dance. It is already a dance. Hindus call it Ras-Leela, God is dancing, and around God the stars and the moon and the sun and the earth and the whole existence. The whole existence is dancing around God. God is Krishna and the whole existence is his gopis. This is the ras that is continuously going on, but one will realise it only when one learns the ways of dance, the language of ecstasy.
Krishna tells Arjuna play your role, don’t try to change the universal assignment. Universe will deliver either through you or through others. Pick up the opportunity look from your own intelligence, see the light instead of darkness.
Recollect in any movie if the person is not aligned with the director or producer they are changed. Because for them movie and it’s objective needs to be delivered.
So Arjuna it is better to surrender to the universe and play your role. Don’t attach any meaning to your role, just deliver, as when you are totally playing your role universe will honor you for your role and actions.