Watching the Human Drama.
Shakespeare was quick in telling us that “the world is a stage…” But for the stage to exist there must be actors as well as an audience and spectators. None of these three requisites of the stage can exist without the other. How on earth could the world be a stage and all men actors? Where the hell is the audience and spectators? Or are the gods the spectators and audience, watching this human drama in all eternity? Have they got nothing better to do? Could they, unlike the gods of Olympus watch without getting involved?
But there is one irreconcilable difference between the stage and real life. – On stage, one acts out one’s part without feeling the emotions he generates, but in real life (the world) one’s deeds are always accompanied by at least emotional bonds or mental reliefs. In real life, one cannot escape the consequences of his own deeds and that is called – Karma. If a man in real life nurses feelings and intentions contrary to what he expresses outwardly, he is said to be a pretender, a hypocrite and he is at bottom false. Thus, in real life, the actor is a false man. The world becomes a stage only and only when it is disconnected from its driving force – good and evil. (This should not be confounded with the immortal world of the awakened ones like Buddha or Christ, which transcends good and evil). And nowhere is this world of the stage more evident or more represented than in the modern world, in the modern soul.