Maya told Brahman that they will play a wonderful game, but Brahman has to do what she says, and Brahman agreed. Maya first told Brahman to create the whole universe, the stars, moons, and the planets. Brahman created earth with animals, plants, oceans, air, and everything. Maya then said “How beautiful is this world of illusion you created, now I want you to create a kind of animal that is so intelligent and aware that is can appreciate your creation”. Brahman created humans.
Brahman was getting excited and wanted to know when the game would start. Maya said right now…Maya cut Brahman (I still imagine at this point that Brahman is a green blob) up into thoughts of tiny little pieces. She put a little piece of Brahman into every human and said, “Now the game begins! I am going to make you forget what you are, and you are going to try to find yourself!” So this is why the universe exists. It is out of Lila (playfulness), because Brahman wanted to have fun. So the game of life is Brahman trying to remember who he is. Brahman is inside of each one of us. Each one of us is part of the divine. However, Maya is stopping us from remembering our true nature.
Taken from – Authenticselfyoga.blogspot