I am asking this because ego seems to be trapping me and others in samsara. The reason I say this is that I am getting obsessive somehow in that I am trying to figure out language. Like I am looking at the etymology of words. For example Bs usually have something to do with the body. Body, Baby, Birth, bones, brain, biology, abortion. B also has to do with 2. The problem is that I get obsessed and am analyzing words without ceasing.. In the morning I am ok but at night I am so on edge or seasick. Does that obsession have anything to do with ego? My teacher said once that my illness of thought and mood disorder has something to do with clinging. And then I set a pattern and am trapped. At first the new knowledge of letters is interesting and even jubilant. Every meaning is in a positive light. But the problem is that eventually I go into negative moods and everything is fearful. Does that have anything to do with ego?
And then in tantra 'sems' has to do with conditioned mind whereas 'rigpa' is the primordial ground and is what we want to uncover. My model in my head is that sems is just conditioned mind and when we tame that mind we notice rigpa. It is like there is a strawberry in our mouth but we can't taste it because there is so much else. So is this karma and entrapment that I am seeing? Is the ego trapping us in samsara thus?