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Actually, it is the truth that us Americans don't know about cricket. I only do because I wiki'd it about a month ago when you and zakalwe were discussing some games. It's pretty pathetic how ethnocentric our culture is.
It's a lot like baseball, isn't it? but the "bat" is different. ANyway, that's what it looked like to me.
Just found my UK copy today, after returning from HOLlydays. Could I say greater in colours ? And, by the way, did anyone noticed that The Creep is printed in purple as the date at the top of the Chronology ? Any thoughts ?
The Wikipedia article on Samsara makes me agree that MZD is definitely repeatedly saying there is no death. From the article: "Samsara is derived from 'to flow together,' to go or pass through states, to wander. Mostly a great revolving door between life and death and a new life reincarnated cycle of life." (emphasis mine)
Hm, did MZD take cues from Wikipedia, or did he edit the wiki to reflect the book?
Further agreeing... Samsara is one term we Buddhists refer to as the cycle of life & death, the goal of meditaition & such is to break free of said cycle.
Or, as one writer put more succinctly: Samsara is "the answer, not to the question, "Where are we?" but to the question, "What are we doing?" Instead of a place, it's a process: the tendency to keep creating worlds and then moving into them. As one world falls apart, you create another one and go there. At the same time, you bump into other people who are creating their own worlds, too." -Thanissaro Bhikkhu
I can't realistically imagine the story being un(again, re?)arranged. Not the text anyway. It's so lyrical, it follows a seemingly set progression.
Is this comment to imply that it wasn't always this way? Or does it reference the Gutter?
I was showing the book to a friend of mine today shortly after buying it, and when she glanced through the format, she asked if the timeline was referencing that once Sam's story ends (in 1963), then he's immediately reincarnated as Hailey to start her journey in 1963 as her gutter timeline is beginning, for the cycle to begin again. When I saw the "chronologically arranged" note, I thought she was right on the money - like it was a reminder to the reader that Sam and Hailey's stories weren't happening simultaneously, but in accordance with the gutter.