Wisdom and Penance

I am the observer

Bhakti

“arvdharman parityajya maamekam sharanam vraja
aham tva sarvapaapebhyo mokshyishyami maa shuchah”
-Lord Krsna in Bhagvad Gita

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Jalaloka

“Jalaloka” (liquid plane) is the abode of Varuna, the lord of water. On the game board, this is a plane of energy and austerities. The player must experience the calmness of the jalaloka and soothe her nerves to prepare herself for bhakti.

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Hiṁsā

tasmāttvamuttiṣhṭha yaśho labhasva
jitvā śhatrūn bhuṅkṣhva rājyaṁ samṛiddham
mayaivaite nihatāḥ pūrvam eva
nimitta-mātraṁ bhava savya-sāchin
– srimad bhagvat geeta 11.33

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Prithvi

I am not the first Buddha who came upon Earth, nor shall I be the last. In due time, another Buddha will arise in the world – a Holy One, a supremely enlightened One, endowed with wisdom in conduct, auspicious, knowing the universe, an incomparable leader of men, a master of angels and mortals.
-Buddha

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Tapa loka

Tapaloka (plane of austerity) is the abode of eternal beings engaged in austerities and penance. This is the plane where through penance, the burden of karma is released and the player becomes “lighter” to float upwards. Looking ahead the player sees prithvi, jalaloka, bhakti and ākāṣ, as good experiences. Surrender or bhakti reveals the karmic short-cut from this stage to liberation.

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Gaṅga

mārganti yat te mukha-padma-nīḍaiś
chandaḥ-suparṇair ṛṣayo vivikte
yasyāgha-marṣoda-sarid-varāyāḥ
padaṁ padaṁ tīrtha-padaḥ prapannāḥ
– Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.5.41

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Yamunā

yā vai lasac-chrī-tulasī-vimiśra-
kṛṣṇāṅghri-reṇv-abhyadhikāmbu-netrī
punāti lokān ubhayatra seśān
kas tāṁ na seveta mariṣyamāṇaḥ
-Srimad-Bhagavatam Srimad-Bhagavatam

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Sarasvati

atha tatra bhavān kiṁ devadattavad iha guṇa-visarga-patitaḥ pāratantryeṇa sva-kṛta-kuśalākuśalaṁ phalam upādadāty āhosvid ātmārāma upaśama-śīlaḥ samañjasa-darśana udāsta iti ha vāva na vidāmaḥ.
– Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.9: 35

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Viveka

svacchatvam avikāritvaṁ
śāntatvam iti cetasaḥ
vṛttibhir lakṣaṇaṁ proktaṁ
yathāpāṁ prakṛtiḥ parā
– Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.26: 22

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