Buddhi Yoga

Origin, Context, Structure and Interpretations Buddhi Yoga App

 
 
 

Origin

 
When the British came to India, among the many things that caught their attention were the board games played in India. Children playing on a square board, with some snakes and some paths and lots of cryptic writing. Adults playing on square chequered boards, and chequered cloth arranged in a cross. People playing with geometric markings on clay and mud… More

 
 
 

Purpose

 
Buddhi Yoga is a game that has to be played more than occasionally, it has to be cherished as a way of being. We understand knowledge as science. “Science” strives to resolve the apparent contradictions in the universe and in man. An example of this is wave-particle duality… More

Violence and Hell

“The purchaser of flesh performs himsa (violence) by his wealth; he who eats flesh does so by enjoying its taste; the killer does himsa by actually tying and killing the animal. Thus, there are three forms of killing. He who brings flesh or sends for it, he who cuts off the limbs of an animal, and he who purchases, sells, or cooks flesh and eats it—all of these are considered meat-eaters.”
–Mahabharata

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War Simulation

Buddhi Yoga, is a game, steeped in Indian traditions. It is a game that simulates your inner conflicts, simulates a “bloody war” of your emotions. Buddhi Yoga engages the Arjuna in you! Buddhi Yoga is a tool to find the Sri Kṛṣṇa within you!

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Fourth Row

Responsibility – The Adult The player, here a home-builder, is now mature enough to “become one” with an unknown other. In this stage she experiments with “balance”.  This is the level of the “mahaloka”, the loka of thoughtlessness.  I,...

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Third Row

In this level the player tempers her ego through “paramārtha” (selfless service), dharma (conscious and “stateless” action) and “dāna” (charity). She is vulnerable to “kusangati” (bad company).

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Second Row

The player experiences herself as an adolescent, as a teen. She experiences the “Realm of Fantasy”, puberty, an attraction for the opposite sex, develops and aesthetic sense and an interest in the fine arts.

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First Row

This row represents the most familiar awareness of the human being in our current “yuga”. We perceive desire, anger, greed, attachment, avarice and pride as our natural behavior. Our indulgence in them being tempered only by opportunity and availability.

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Psychic Development

“Buddhi Yoga”, relates to our awareness (in all states), and simultaneously to different stages and maturity levels in our life. The spine on the game board, identifies the path of yogic development for the human body.

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Time, Development and Maturity

The design of the game board outlines the karmic path in the life of a human being. The transitions of our awareness and our vulnerabilities through these transitions. It is a beautifully designed

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Death

Death is a transition in our state of being. It does not alter our being, it only transforms the manifestation of the self for another worldly experience. It therefore does not alter the path of our karma.

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Salvation or Moksha

Vedic philosophy outlines four paths to salvation. The paths of ashtānga yoga, gyān, karma and bhakti. The Buddhi Yoga game board echo’s this philosophy and so the ladders from gyān and suvidyā suggest the path of gyān to moksha.  Similarly, The ladder from...

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