By the road that I am walking
they have hidden a snare for me.
Numbers 24: 1-13
“I summoned you to curse my enemies. But here, you have done nothing but bless them — three times already!"
Romans 8: 12-17
15 For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to bring you back again into fear...
Matthew 22: 15-22
“You hypocrites! Why are you trying to trap me?
Snares, contrariness, fear, and traps. That’s samsara, is what that is. The literal meaning of “samsara” is “continuous flow.” If you want a synonym for ‘samsara’ maybe “flux” would do.
Necks in a noose, getting the opposite of what we expect, being betrayed by freedom, and hearing our own double-dealing words echo in our ears. There’s no escaping it, until we stop trying to escape it. That’s when all the sticky tangles just dissolve without even a sizzle. Where did they go? Who cares?
There are so many clues embedded in our language that tell us what we already know:
“There ya go.” — “It is what it is.” — “Even so.” — “Can’…