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Leela is a board game with origins in ancient India. The original game was created by Hindu scholars with the intention of teaching moral values, and was a precursor to the modern game snakes and ladders. 
The game was designed over two thousand years ago. It is a game of life which provides insight into human consciousness and a key to divine knowledge. One or more are able to play Leela by using the game board and book, a die, and a significant item that belongs to the player. One example of an item that can be used is a ring. This item serves as the player's symbol during the game.
- Harish Johari (1975), Leela, the Game of Self-Knowledge: Commentaries, ISBN 0-89281-419-5
- Radoff, Jon (2010), History of Social Games, http://radoff.com/blog/2010/05/24/history-social-games/
- Althoen, King and Schilling (1993), "How long is a game of snakes and ladders?", The Mathematical Association, http://www.jstor.org/pss/3619261
- "Leela Board Game BoardGameGeek". Board Game Geek. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
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