Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Snake and Ladder - Paramapadham

Now, the second Thirupaavai song (with lyrics and meaning in english & tamil + music link) telling us how should we be in Margazhi ! Click here!


Most of us know that snake and ladder is our "Paramapadham". But did you know that each ladder and each snake (at a specific position/kattam) are unique and denote a Virtue or Vice respectively?
Read the cut-pasted post below. May be we should memorize and teach the virtues and vices to the next generation

" The game had its origin in India and was called Moksha Patam or Parama Padam or Mokshapat. It was used to teach Hinduism and Hindu values to children. The British renamed it as Snake and Ladders.
Now, when and who created this game? Most people believe it was created by the 13th century poet saint Gyandev. There are certain references which take the game back to 2nd century BC.
The ladders represented virtues and snakes vices. In the original game square 12 was faith, 51 was Reliability, 57 was Generosity, 76 was Knowledge, and 78 was Asceticism. These were the squares were the ladder was found.
Square 41 was for Disobedience, 44 for Arrogance, 49 for Vulgarity, 52 for Theft, 58 for Lying, 62 for Drunkenness, 69 for Debt, 84 for Anger, 92 for Greed, 95 for Pride, 73 for Murder and 99 for Lust. These were the squares were the snake was found.
The Square 100 represented Nirvana or Moksha.
The British took the game to England in 1892 and named it Snake and Ladders and changed it according to Victorian values"


When you observe the virtues, with increase in the position number, better virtues are aligned and the highest being the best. In the same way, the worser vices are aligned.

From this list, it seems lust is the worst thingaame!!! Makkale pathu nadanthukonga:)-

On a serious note, arranging them in the increasing order

12 Faith
41 Disobeidience
44 Arrogance
49 Vulgarity
51 Reliablility
52 Theft
57 Generosity
58 Lying
62 Drunkenness
69 Debt
73 Murder
76 Knowledge
78 Asceticism
84 Anger
92 Greed
99 Lust
100 Moksha

All I can deduce is this

84, 92, 99 are kaamam, krodham and lobham - the 3 worst things and are the major hinderances to attain moksha even if you are ascetic or knowledgeable !

Can you decipher anything out reg. the significance of the number or the order... input please??


kalai said...

ithukku ivvalavu meaning irukkaa...

ithu theriyama nangalae paperla box pottu ishtathukkum eaniyum, pampum pottukkuvom. ippathaan ithoda full meaning therijuthu...

nalla vishayam sonneenga priya....

Priya said...

hey kalai..
thank you..ungalukku edhavadhu strike aana sollunga

Badhri said...

Well, I will have to lookup!

kalai said...

kandeeppaa ethaavathu thonujunaa solrean priya....

R.Prabhu said...

Nalla post Priya. I will think about it and will let you know if something strikes my mind!

Priya said...

ok badhri, kalai and prabhu

kalai said...

Priya, ennakku konjam extra information kadachirukku. intha linkla paarunga. ungalukku usefulla iruntha eduthukkunga....

may be idha neenga paarthirukkalaam...

Priya said...

hey kalai..
its interesting and different..thank you dear!!

kalai said...

u r always welcome friend...

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