Wednesday, September 20, 2006

The importance of repeating the same thing

An action is a thought that manifests itself.

A small gesture denounces us, so we have to make everything perfect, think about the details, learn the technique so that it becomes intuitive. Intuition has nothing to do with routine but rather with a state of spirit that lies beyond technique.

So, after practicing a lot, we no longer think about all the necessary movements: they become part of our very existence. But for this to happen, you have to train and repeat.

And as if that were not enough, you have to repeat and train.

Watch a good blacksmith working the steel. To the untrained eye he is repeating the same hammer blows over and over again.

But those who know the importance of training know that each time the hammer is raised and then lowered, the intensity of the blow is different. The hand repeats the same gesture but as it approaches the iron it knows whether to touch it harder or softer.

Look at the windmill. Whoever sees its vanes just once imagines that it always turns with the same speed, always repeating the same movement. But those who know windmills know that they are conditioned to the wind and change their direction whenever necessary.

The hand of the ironsmith was trained after the gesture of hammering was repeated thousands of times. Windmill vanes can move fast after the wind has blown a lot and polished their gears. The archer lets many an arrow pass far from the target because he knows that he will only learn the importance of the bow, posture, the string and the target after he repeats his gestures thousands of times without being afraid of making a mistake.

Until he reaches the moment when he no longer needs to think about what he doing. From then on the archer becomes his bow, his arrow and his target.

- From Warrior of the Light Online by Paulo Coelho

So it applies to the repeated remembrace of God, which Muslims and Mystics alike call Zikr or Dhikr, simply means to remember or remembrance.

The difference between the one who makes Zikr and the one who does not is well explained in this Hadith (Saying of the Prophet). Abu Musa Al-Ashari reported: The Prophet said, "The similitude of one who remembers his Lord and one who does not remember Him, is like that of the living and the dead.''

The Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said, I love repeating : "Glorified is God, all praise is due to God, and there is no god but One God, God is the greatest" - more than all that the sun shines upon.
(The arabic formula is: "Subhan Allah, Walhamdu lillah, wa La ilaha ill-Allah, wa Allahu Akbar")

In Quran we find,
"And remember God much (repeatedly) that you may be successful.'' (62:10).

.. And the men and the women who remember God much with their hearts and tongues. God has prepared for them forgiveness and a great reward. (33:35)

... and certainly the repeated remembrance (Zikr) of God is the greatest. (29:45)

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