All phenomena in nature are cyclic starting from the Universe to the invisible atom. The law of cycles is a basic concept of Vedic Hindu Teaching. It underlies the Hindu Doctrine about the birth and death of the Universe, also known as Kalpa (emergence) and Pralaya (deluge). Sunrise and sunset are cyclic. So are Uttarayana and Dakshinayana. The four seasons, winter, spring, summer and autumn are cyclic. We find this in the history of nations over thousand of years. There is a time when a nation rises to power plenty and alround development. Then comes a decline if there is a war and destruction. Like a wave in time – with an upward crest and a downward depression or trough – this cyclical rises and falls are a remarkable feature in the history of many nations like Germany. In plant kingdom, dahlias, tulips are some of the “roots”, “bulbs” which take rest as it were in a dormant state in winter and enter a active phase by sprouting forth in summer. Certain animals living in the polar and arctic regions also enter into a periodical slumber or hibernation in winter and summer. We see numerous examples in zoology also like mammals, apes, chimpanzees etc. The human female has her sex cycle of reproductive changes. The monthly course of menstrual cycles has periodicity. The sex organs, internal hormone system and their physiological cycles exhibit a rhythm according to the Law of Cycles. The birth control schemes apply this law! Universe exhibits this pattern too. The Cyclic stages of dormancy and dynamic activity in the greater life cycle of the One living Principle that pervades all the living world are described in our puranas. The “Kalpa” and the “Pralaya” are the periods of restive and active phases of the Cosmic Organism. What is true of the universal, is true in the individual also. The law of cycles is evident in biology too . Life’s activities are all cyclic. The heart beat is a typical example. The cycle of heart’s pumping has Positive out-pumping phase called diastole Negative in- pumping phase called systole We can say that the heart has its day-half and its own night-half, in its cyclic law of ebb and tide! Every idea that you have, every thought, affects your brain and mind by its impression. That begins the cycle. It may seem to leave your mind, apparently it goes out, but it returns again under the same cyclic law in some form either better or worse, and wakes up once more the old impression. Even the very feelings that you have of sorrow or gladness will return in time, more or less according to your disposition, but inevitably in their cycle. This is a law it would do good for every one to remember, especially those who have variations of joy and sorrow, of exaltation and depression. However much we rely on technology, we must not forget that this is a basic law, which is inevitably operating eternally ! Thus we see that the Law of Cycles is a Universal Law. Only Hinduism teaches it as an eternal law with world wide applicability. It is in our hands to learn to turn problems into opportunities, keeping this law in mind. Love, Chithra.