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Sam: A couple of weeks ago I was delivered a message in dream that said “life is a set-up.” Precisely, the word was “set-up.” Could you please explain what the world being a set-up implies?
Daniel: In this world of samsara nothing is what it seems. The maya field is a total set-up from all angles. For an inquirer into liberation, the world is here to spark inquiry and set up the necessary events for the jiva to eventually realise Isvara’s amusing prank: nothing is what it appears to be.
From the angle of how the field functions, i.e. its mechanics, the world is also a set-up: everything is perfectly puzzled together to form and serve the needs of the Total. The world is a self-equaliberating system and is perfectly set up to cater to everything, at any time.
Sam: As far as I can see, the world is not real. There is awareness that is real and that is prior to Isvara. Who set up the world?
Daniel: Let’s rephrase that second statement: “There is me, awareness, that is real and I am prior to Isvara.” ☺
One hundred per cent correct! The world is only an apparent projection that arises in/to/as you, awareness.
The world is set up as a result of a power (maya) that exists in you, awareness. Maya is the principle that gives rise to duality and sets up a world that is a total joke. Why? Because what we believe to be is real is not real at all.
Sam: For what is there a set-up? One would think it is for a purpose.
Daniel: The world allows the self (you) to play tag with itself. Though the self has no purpose, it is limitless and therefore (in conjunction with maya) has the choice to cook up this apparent creation.
Let’s clarify though: you, awareness/self, have no purpose. Nothing has happened, is happening nor will happen.
The world is an apparent projection and therefore only has an apparent purpose for/to the apparent person/jiva.
For those who are ignorant of the nature of non-duality (karmis/samsaris), the world is here to satisfy this role; it offers a game of give and take, loss and gain, up and down.
For us inquirers, the world offers an opportunity to attain liberation, the ultimate value/goal and purpose of a human birth.
Sam: I see there is no why… but does it mean that the world is a stage? Or a screen? All is so logically and perfect in creation, so it would be strange if the set-up did not serve any purpose.
Daniel: There is a why and there is no why. It doesn’t actually matter. Creation theories are just creation theories.
Sam: Since I already know that the world is not real, though it is eternal, changeful and existing, there is something more to understand by the word “set-up,” other than not being real.
~ Bless you!
Daniel: I hope the above responses have cleared this up a bit.
~ Much love, Daniel