Originally posted by Grampy Bobby
Phrases "Temporary House" and "Eternal Home" recently triggered word pictures that arrested my attention and prompted the thread. Parker Brothers Monoply Game seemed to offer itself as an operative metaphor. Contrasting difference between temporal recognition (playing for fun and transient reward) and eternal stakes (of playing for keeps with infinite c ...[text shortened]... leverage spirited conversation. Appropriate venue seemed to be the Spirituality Forum.
Some people play the same basic game but with a different view of the outcome: re-entry into the game of life until a state is reached that is free of the game.
Here is one way to express it, from:
"God also likes to play hide-and-seek, but because there is nothing
outside God, he has no one but himself to play with. But he gets over
this difficulty by pretending that he is not himself. This is his way of
hiding from himself. He pretends that he is you and I and all the people
in the world, all the animals, all the plants, all the rocks, and all the
stars. In this way he has strange and wonderful adventures, some of
which are terrible and frightening. But these are just like bad dreams,
for when he wakes up they will disappear.
"Now when God plays hide and pretends that he is you and I, he does
it so well that it takes him a long time to remember where and how he
hid himself. But that's the whole fun of it—just what he wanted to do.
He doesn't want to find himself too quickly, for that would spoil the
game. That is why it is so difficult for you and me to find out that we
are God in disguise, pretending not to be himself. But when the game
has gone on long enough, all of us will wake up, stop pretending, and
remember that we are all one single Self—the God who is all that there
is and who lives for ever and ever."