Lila (Sanskrit: लीला, IAST līlā), or Leela is a concept within Hinduism literally meaning "pastime", "sport" or "play". It is common to both non-dualistic and dualistic philosophical schools, but has a markedly different significance in each. Within non-dualism, Lila is a way of describing all reality, including the cosmos, as the outcome of creative play by the divine absolute (Brahman). In the dualistic schools of Vaishnavism, Lila more simply refers to the activities of God and his devotees, as distinct from the common activities of karma.
"Walking along with this idol Phaedrus felt as if the two of them were sharing this experience,
as though he were back in childhood again and this were some imaginary companion.
Little children talk to dolls and grown-up adults talk to idols.
He supposed that a doll allows a child to pretend he's a parent
while an idol allows a parent to pretend he's a child."