This week we bring you a selection from our Key Concepts section, on Cycles, or the Law of Periodicity.
When we observe Nature we cannot help but recognize the absolute universality of cycles. We see day and night, the ebb and flow of the tides, observe the steady march of the seasons; we experience waking and sleeping, birth and death throughout the natural world; we see the planetary cycles, the slow rotation of the galaxy; we observe the steady cyclic vibration of atoms and electrons; we breath in, we breath out; our heart pumps blood outwards, the blood returns to the heart; water evaporates only to condense and fall as rain, to pool and then evaporate once more … And these patterns display themselves in rhythms that the ancients called “The Music of the Spheres”.
All the world operates in a steady, ceaseless movement of periodicity, from the smallest of the small to the largest conceivable movement. Theosophy sees this motion in every facet of existence, applying it equally to the physical world as to the spiritual. We thus see cycles as inseparable from the doctrines of Karma and Reincarnation, viewing the path of Evolution as one of continuous spirals, like the threads of a screw, moving ever forwards through a succession of cycles. Theosophy encourages us to look beyond the seemingly linear and expand our vision to see the cyclical, and in doing so we come to view birth and death as but stages in a cycle of Life and view each day as a new incarnation.
While from a limited perspective we may see this:
To aid students, we’ve put together a section on Cycles and Periodicity with a featured quotation and several key articles on the subject. We welcome you to explore this all-important idea further.