Pacific Northwest Theosophist

centered thoughts

January/February 1997


Repetition without repeating. This describes best the cycle of the philosopher. The cycles around us which seem the same, but are continually changing, progressing, moving from within, without. The familiar cycle of birth and death, for example, where these opposites are actually one cycle. Death is merely the close of one particular cycle of experience, begun by birth. It is in reality the annihilation of nothing but that particular physical body . . . in reality there is no such thing as death -- just the transformance between cycles of involution and evolution, of the Imperishable. -- PNT

We dance around in a ring and suppose, But the Secret sits in the middle and knows. -- Robert Frost

All movements throughout boundless space are cyclical in character, whether they last for an infinitesimal fraction of a human second or whether they last as long as the cosmic manvantara itself lasts. Everything is cyclic. The life of a fire-fly is as cyclic as is the life of a human being or the periodic revolution of the Earth or of any other planet around the Sun. -- G. de Purucker

He who in this life does not cause this cycle, thus already revolved, to continue revolving, lives to no purpose, a life of sin, indulging his senses. -- Krishna in The Bhagavad Gita

The Doctrine of cycles is one of the most important in the entire cosmic range of the esoteric philosophy, because repetitive or rhythmic action is fundamental in nature. As a matter of fact, every being and thing that exists is an expression of rhythmic pulsation: we are not only the children of cycles greater than ourselves, but actually within our own beings imbody cycles because we are cyclical in all our life processes. The same rule applies with identical force to any entity in boundless Infinitude, whether a galaxy or an atom. -- G. de Purucker

What is a cycle? It is a circle, a ring. But not properly a ring like a wedding ring, which runs into itself, but more properly like a screw thread, which takes the form of a spiral, and thus beginning at the bottom, turns on itself, and goes up. William Q. Judge

When the way comes to an end, then change -- having changed, you pass through. I Ching

The cyclic pattern of farming has great symbolic importance. What goes on in farming -- sowing, cultivation, harvest, and the next season of planting -- follows the pattern of vegetation in general, the pattern of seasons, and the pattern of life. All these mimic the cycle of cosmic order -- the birth, growth, death, and rebirth we see in the sky. Dr. E. C. Krupp

They say "means are, after all, means." I would say "means are, after all, everything." As the means, so the end. There is no wall of separation between means and end. -- Gandhi

To every thing there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven. The nature of God is a circle of which the center is everywhere and the circumference is nowhere. -- Empedocles

There is a purpose in every important act of Nature, whose acts are all cyclic and periodical. H. P. Blavatsky


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