Life As Chess
Chess is my all time favourites. I’ve learned and acquired enough knowledge by playing Chess. Many of you might have played this game. Those who have played it are familiar with the rules. Chess players know very well that this game is played on a Chess Board on which each player controls sixteen pieces. They include – king, queen, two rooks, two bishops, two knights and eight pawns. There are two armies of such sets in Black and White opposite to each other and it is played between two players. In this game, moves are played by two players and it is note-worthy to know that slowly knights, pawns, rooks, bishops, queen, king are eventually checked out. In this way, the Chess Game goes on. The similar case is with our lives. God is the master of this game and through ages, He is playing this Chess Game with us.
Now, you might be questioning to yourself, “How is God playing this “Chess Game” with us?” The answer is simple and it is crystal clear. God is the master of this game and through ages He is playing this Chess Game with us. The God Almighty has created this Chess Board called “Earth” and made our positions as a king, queen, rooks, bishops, knights and pawns in the shape of humans and He makes His moves through all of us, in order to continue His game; so that His game goes on. On this Chess Board (Earth), we all are just puppets of God. Tardily, one by one, people are Checked Out (die) and God again plays this game with His new people (new born). That’s how God’s game is continuing since time immemorial.
As we all know, on this earth, many great personalities, philosophers, and ideologists were born – Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King, Rabindranath Tagore, Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Albert Einstien… etc-etc. So, where all of them have gone? Let’s consider Egypt, where you find tombs of kings and queens in Pyramids which are quite ancient and date back to many centuries ago. In India, there is a Taj Mahal (seventh wonder of the world), which used to be a tomb of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal, who were renowned king and queen in their times. Now, the question again here arises that, “Where all of them have gone?” Where? They were also human beings like us, but their Chess Game is over; they died. Centuries ago, Kings and Queens used to have their own rooks, knights, pawns etc. That army of people were to protect them; to serve them in their times, but eventually they were all checked out (died) from this Chess Board (Earth).
Now, new players are put in this Chess Board. What I want to articulate is, anyone who takes birth on this earth, has to die one day. We are here on this earth for a limited period of time and someday we have to leave this earth. Don’t be afraid of death, it’s a universal truth. It is well written in Bhagvad Gita (one of the most sacred holy books of Hinduism), “One who has taken his birth is sure to die and after death, one is sure to take birth again. Therefore, in the unavoidable discharge of your duty, you should not lament.” Our life is not permanent on this earth and it is for a limited period of time after which it shall pass away. So, instead of letting time and fate rule our destiny and lead us to death, let’s do good deeds in our lives. Remember, we are judged by our deeds, our acts and our actions. Who knows? God might bless us with immortality.
~ Copyright © Surabhi Kaura 2010