There are three cycles in human existence. The first cycle is the physical. It takes twenty-three days to complete, and it affects a broad range of physical factors, including resistance to disease, strength, coordination, and the other basic body functions, and the sensation of physical well-being.
The second cycle is emotional. It takes twenty-eight days to complete, just as it takes twenty-eight days in the feminine body for the menstruation to come. Just now science is becoming alert that even man has a kind of monthly period and that after each twenty-eight days it happens. The feminine period is visible and physical. Man’s period is not visible and not physical; more psychological, more emotional, but it happens. The emotional cycle governs creativity, sensitivity, mental health, mood, perception of the world and ourselves.
When a woman has her period, for three, four or five days she is in misery, sad, negative, dull, dead, feeling very low, jumpy, shaken. But women become accustomed to it because it is so visible. By and by they learn that it has to be so, so by and by they are not so miserable. It is an every month thing and so visible, so things settle. But man’s problem is more difficult. The period is there — the male period —but it is not visible and you don’t know where it comes from and when it goes…. This is a twenty-eight day cycle in the body; it follows the moon. So whenever there is a moon you will be more happy, and when there is no moon you will be less happy.
And then, finally, the third cycle. The third cycle is the intellectual cycle. It takes place over a thirty-three day period. It regulates memory, alertness, receptivity to knowledge and the logical and analytical functions. The first half of each period is positive and the second half, negative. Sometimes you have a time in the negative phase, others in the positive, and vice versa. When all the three cycles are in the positive, peaks of joy and ecstasy happen. And when all the three are in the negative, one lives in hell. Heaven means all the three are in the positive and hell is the other end. And to be free of both is nirvana, moksha, absolute freedom….
You have just to understand your phases, and you have to be a little more watchful. Start keeping a diary about these negative phases. Within three, four months, you will be able to make your chart, and then you can predict that the next Monday you are going to be in a bad mood.
In ancient days yogis used to make such charts. The science of bio-rhythm was well-known and practiced in the Yoga and Sufi schools. And these charts were very helpful because if you know that for the first week of every month you become very, very negative, then a few things can be avoided. In the first week don’t do anything for which you can repent later on; don’t fight, don’t get angry. The people who are really following these charts will not move out of their rooms. They will not do anything for those seven or four or three days, because whatsoever they do will be wrong.
And then you know when your positive mood comes. That is the time to relate, to go to people, to meet, and nothing will go wrong. You will be in a different state altogether. Watching this way, within six, eight months you will be able to become a witness, and then nothing disturbs. Then you know it is just part of nature —nothing to do with you. Seeing it, you start transcending the cycles.