jayo 'smi vyavasAyo 'smi sattvaM sattvavatAmaham
Of those things which deceive I am the dice, and splendor itself among splendid things. I am victory, I am perseverance, and the goodness of the good. (Bhagavad Gita,10.36)
One of the rituals traditionally associated with Diwali is gambling. It is believed that on this night, Goddess Parvati played dice with her husband Lord Shiva (a scene superbly sculpted at Kailash temple, Ellora) and she decreed that whosoever gambled on Diwali night would prosper throughout the ensuing year. As if they held the fate of masses of mankind in their hands, they let fly dice which thundered across the heavens. It is a Divine Play. But this game of gods is not always safe for mortals. The great gambling match of the Mahabharata epic was precipitated as the tragic consequence of a cruel conspiracy to ruin Yudhishthira, a kindly warrior and the eldest of the legendary Pandavas. After he had gambled and lost even his own person, the crafty Sakuni said to him: "You have done a bad act, Yudhishthira, in gaming away yourself and becoming a slave".
And what about Divine Play? What can we tell here? One of Albert Einstein's most famous statements is "God does not play dice with the universe". On one occasion Bohr answered, "Einstein, stop telling God what to do." :)