What doesn’t go in cycles?
Through the unusual weather that we’re having for the day before Christmas with its light drizzle and fog, I did loop my walking directions. From the home of Rajneesh, where I stayed overnight on Meridian Drive, I did turn a right, then a right, then a right again, and another right, and just one more right, to be right back from where I started from.
I noticed on each loop that there was someone pulling out of the driveway in this residential neighbourhood. People generally follow a daily pattern driving to work. This assumption is a normal pattern. Go to work! Come back home. Go to work. Come back home. It’s a cyclic performance. On the weekend the destination could be the mall. But you still wind up at the same place – home.
Circles are an inevitable part of life, like the seasons. Time brings us to a full 360 degrees through 365 days, full circle from December the 21st of the last year, we have done one complete round. Life is all about wheels in motions. Wheels are all around us and in us as well.
The Bhagavad Gita makes the case of rebirth: “From childhood to youth and to old age, and then back to childhood again. (2.13) Sri Krishna, the Gita speaker, asserts that the soul is persistent in returning. Here’s the transliteration to the Sanskrit of one of the verses that verifies this: (8.19)
bhūta-grāmaḥ sa evāyaṁ
bhūtvā bhūtvā pralīyate
While life is like a ferris wheel, the Gita suggests that we pull away and seek liberation from all of this.
May the Source be with you!