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Bound to the wheel

Posted by Victoria S Dennis on August 25, 2010 at 12:18

In Reply to: Bound to the wheel posted by Natty on August 24, 2010 at 11:00:

: What is the origin of the phrase "bound to the wheel"?

You don't say in what context you have encountered the phrase or what it means - people could more easily help you if you had. However: ou can be literally bound to a real wooden wheel for the purpose of being broken on it - a painful form of execution formerly in use in many countries of Europe. Figuratively, both Buddhists and Hindus believe that all beings are "bound to the wheel of existence", condemned to being born and reborn countless times, unless they can achieve enlightenment which will free them from the illusion of existence. (VSD)