The purpose of this article is to prime your brain to get around the idea that life works in cycles. In my previous post I had mentioned that we’re accustomed to perceiving things under the scope of a linear lens. Likes most things in life, we listen to what others have told us instead of observing things ourselves. We’re going to slowly introduce cycles and examples of where we see them. I’m a large advocate for recognition of patterns. The larger the patterns get, the harder they are to understand. Regardless of whether or not we have a full understanding of said patterns is irrelevant. We can still acknowledge them!
Though it is important to recognize the significance of being able to measure something through an objective medium through which we’re comfortable and familiar with (e. g. science), we must acknowledge that to dive deeper into larger more complex ideas and concepts we’re under a perpetual tug of war between the objective and subjective (later on I will be covering the topic of what truly is objective within the nature of experience and if it even exists!).
In Hinduism lies manuscripts from historical literature where we can begin our examination of cycles. We’re going to briefly cover the four different stages of Yuga and their significance in Hindu scripture.
Being the first of the four stages of Yuga, Satya is arguably the best era. It is told that society reaches it’s existential peak, reaching as close to source(god) as existentially possible (regardless of any form we incarnate into we are always in a fallen state. Will cover this topic in later posts). Humans are governed by gods and everything manifested from the human being is virtually all divine, rooted in an intrinsic goodness and purity of intent.
The second stage of Yuga (Treta) describes a astronomical decrease in human power due to misdirected attention to materialism. Kings needed to actually fulfill what they promised society instead of getting what they wanted via sheer force/will. The byproduct of said misdirection invoked frequent wars and discord. We also see a rise in deserts and oceans due to climate change. In an attempt to keep society under control, mining and agriculture came into existence.
Dwapara is the third stage of the Yuga cycle. The theme is of this cycle entails the beginning of the decline of spirituality, virtue and an increase of sin. It is told that as we drift farther from the Brahman (god), we see an equal measure of competitive behavior, zealousness, deceit, and gluttony. We see an observed decrease in standard of living, but a flourishing of scientific advancement.
In Hindu manuscripts, it is understood that the Kali stage of the Yuga cycle signifies substantial spiritual degeneration, otherwise referred to as “The Dark Age”. The bull is commonly recognized in Hinduism as the symbol for morality, and as each of the cycles passes (Kali being the last Yuga cycle), the bull loses a leg. There are several prophesied events during this cycle. It is told that the rulers of the world will become irrational and defame all things spiritual/holy. There will be a social acceptance and collectively accepted need of sex/lust, an exponential increase in sin, substance abuse, a death of virtue and marriage.
If we examine the biochemical process of oxygen, hydrogen, and carbon cycles, they are all ecological cycles. Under examination the fundamental processes of nature still reflect cycles.
Here we have a graph of the U.S. Economy from 1948 to present day. See the theme? A common theme we see across all spectrums are cycles.
The Bread and Butter Cycle of the Economy
The point of this article is to show you that cycles show up everywhere in life. Maybe cycles play a significant role in the way reality operates on a fundamental level? In later posts I will be discussing what I’ve learned (and am yet to learn) about cycles, how they are connected to the fundamental mechanics of reality, and how we can use this knowledge to track predictable outcomes.