1000 petals by axinia

the only truth I know is my own experience

The whole life is based on repetition February 25, 2012

Filed under: thoughts — axinia @ 7:45 pm

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For thousands of years the secret of repetition has been known to the mystics. They found that the greatest mystery was hidden in the form of repetition, and on that science mantrayoga was rounded by the Yogis in India, while the Sufis worked for ages in the lands of Syria, Palestine and Egypt with the science of the repetition of words.

What attracts us most is the repetition of any experience that we have had.

Friendship, familiarity, acquaintance, all these are repetitions. Sometimes one feels very uncomfortable in the train finding oneself among people one does not know, but after having seen them for a while one becomes so accustomed to their presence that sympathy awakens and one becomes friends. So the whole life is based upon the principle of repetition. Therefore things that help one to be illuminated and to attain spirituality are prescribed by the wise for repetition…

Why does success repeat itself, and why does failure repeat itself? There is always success after success, and failure after failure. This is repetition too; it forms a rhythm. There is nothing that succeeds as success, and once you have failed, you will fail again and again. If I were to go deeper into this subject, I would say that the moving of the world is also repetition by which a rhythm is formed. The rising and setting of the sun, the waxing and waning of the moon, the changing of the seasons, the rhythm that the waves take, and the speed with which the wind blows, all this works according to the law of repetition. Since repetition is movement – a mobile movement because it goes forward – so it is used even by the mystics as the greatest secret for spiritual progress or material success…

Of course one may overdo it; one may do it wrongly, and that must be avoided. One may try to experience it before one is ripe enough to experience it. For instance, one may hear this lecture and go before a bank and say: ‘Money, money, money, money, money’, and then come to me and say: ‘I repeated “money” a thousand times, but money has not come!’ That person has not proceeded rightly. Besides that, to make use of such a wonderful thing for the attainment of earthly things is very foolish, because life is an opportunity, and when that opportunity is lost, it is lost for ever. When we use this knowledge for things that are not worthwhile, then the time is lost. Therefore this only proves worthwhile if it is used for the attainment of spiritual knowledge.

From the Sufi Teachings of Hazrat Inayath Khan

 

10 Responses to “The whole life is based on repetition”

  1. detroyer Says:

    IT IS ALWAYS HARD TO LISTEN TO NEW SONGS AND WATCH NEW MOVIES WITHOUT ASSOCIATING IT WITH SOME EXCITEMENT OR FAMILIARITY. FORMER MEANS STIMULATION AND LATTER IS SPONTANEOUS. THAT MEANS THAT NATURAL INSTINCT OF MIND IT TO GO FOR REPEAT EXPERIENCE OF SOMETHING FAMILIAR AND WITH SOME STIMULATION OR STRESS WE ADAPT TO NEW AND CHANGED THINGS. IN TODAY’S WORLD, IT IS SELF EVIDENT AS TO WHY EXTERNAL THINGS ARE SO STIMULATING BECAUSE OF THE NEW CHOICES THAT WE ARE SHOWERED UPON FOR THE MIND TO WORK AND TAKE THE STRESS. WELL, GOTTA THINK HARD WHETHER LIFE IS ABOUT SELLING SOAPS OR LIVING NATURALLY ????

    • dahlia Says:

      agreed. my favourite songs, the ones i feel fresh listening to every time i return to them, are the ones i absolutely despised first. Elliott smith- at first i had no idea WHAT i was listening to, just like Call me Al etc. They’re all classics, and the beauty of them is that you need to learn to love them

    • axinia Says:

      i guess both selling soap and living naturally can be done in repetiion and base don the same rules🙂

      good comment, thanks!

  2. Triveni Says:

    There’s also a saying in Hindi that goes as – Bhagwan jab bhi deta hain chapad faad ke deta hain. Meaning when god gives something he gives it in abundance. In relation to your post, meaning it happens in repetition. But one should nt get worried if the series of failures start, it keeps repeating. One shd be matured enough to understand that this is also a phase and shall pass on, as in case of success. PS: this is applicable to materialistic stuff only. In case of spirituality, I think one would face difficulties/failures until one learns a lesson out of it and moves on. Unless the individual learns a lesson about it, the series of failures shall keep happening. As in case of a student who will have to repeat the subjects until he learns it.. Only then he ll be promoted to next level.🙂

  3. dahlia Says:

    speaking of the earth’s rhythm, according to Islam one of the signs of Judgement Day is when that rhythm gets broken- the sun’ll rise in the west and set in the east, then start veering closer and closer to the earth, among lots of other things

  4. Mayank Says:

    Liked your article and yes I accept repetition is what the life is all about..birth, young age, old age and then death…all is repeated.

  5. Although I’m atheist, I really appreciate the theme of repetition in our lives and how it has the abiltiy to give us a sense of peace. I really enjoyed reading your blog. I especially enjoy the images which I’ve used in meditation just because they are so beautiful!

  6. A high tolerance for repetition is the secret to life’s success!

    Jimmy Crimmins


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