The late Sanskrit word lila, as is well known, describes any kind of playing, and may be compared in meaning to Gr. παιδιά. Here we shall be chiefly concerned with the reference of lila to the divine manifestation and activity thought of as a “sport,” “playing,” or “dalliance.”
In such a conception there is nothing strange or uniquely Indian. Meister Eckhart, for example, says: “There has always been this play going on in the Father-nature . . . from the Father’s embrace of his own nature there comes (...)
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JUB / Jaimimya Upanisad Brāhmana
The Jaiminlya or Talavakāra Upanisad Brāhmana, ed. H. Oertel, Journal of the American Oriental Society, XVI (1896), 79-260.