Cyclicity is a critical pattern in Nature. In Sanskrit cyclicity is called samsara and means “continuous flow,” or a flowing on. Samsara refers to a Nature that recycles, is recycling, is reprocessing. Recycling is Nature’s spinning wheel cyclic formula for ongoing existence, transportation, and method of survival. In 500 BC, Pythagoras of Samos, raised the concept of Eternal Return. Actually, it is a concept in many early cultures. Eternal Return symbolizes that Nature repeats itself where the past becomes the future and the future becomes the past. There is a balanced repeated cyclic pattern of transitions, transformations, and transcendental beginnings and endings. In Ethics, Aristotle said the fullest development of human nature is to participate in Nature’s eternal repetition. The Mayan Culture of Central America used the concept lamat where history will recycle every 260 years. Russian intellectual Petyr Ouspensky wrote about Eternal Return and used the term byt (repetition) as a concept for recycling (1931). Eternal Return is close in meaning to the concepts of reincarnation and transmigration -> the recycling of one life form into another form. Eternal Return, reincarnation, transmigration all give some possibility of a continued existence.
I ask, “When a creature’s existence ends by death, might it exist in some other form at some other level?” Recycling is a continuation of the topic of death I talked about in the previous posts. Does death through recycling become a transition, a transformation, and a transcendence? Is death a form of transportation and transference? Is Eternal Return a reshifting, a circularity, and a recycling of the energy-matter of our bodies into another form of existence? When I use the word Eternity, should I start referring to Eternal Return? Is Eternal Return the same thing as Nature’s Eternity? I ask, “In the sense of Eternal Return is all of life immortalized?,” and “Is Eternal Return what Afterlife really means?” If need, review the posts on Afterlife. When we enter that eternal night, that amaranthine slumber, is it a matter of becoming one with the Universe? Does deaths never-ending sleep amount to an ever- lasting continuation in the Cosmos? For Pool, “we have come to realize that in all nature nothing existent perishes ultimately and utterly. It may change its form, and its manifestation, but it is not wholly destroyed.” (1966)