There is a term in Arabic: Hafiz, and it’s meaning is that of guardian or memoriser. It is a term used by Muslims for someone who has completely memorised the Qur’an.
The Qur’an is divided into 114 Surahs (chapters), containing 6,236 verses (comprising some 80,000 words or 330,000 individual characters). This process generally takes between 3 and 6 years part-time together with schooling.
There are many Hafiz all over the globe. Those noble among us who spend their time focussing on and memorising the Holy Scriptures.
We now have a specific list of the Worlds various lineages and their works. And we have all of the worlds Scripture to draw from.
Where would you begin? The Qur’an, The Gospels, Psalms, Phaedo, Bhagavad Gita? The list is endless. We can’t memorise them all, but it is clear that we can certainly memorise one. Where would you start?
Pythagoras was not only behind the equation a2+b2=c2. Pythagoras’ Theorem. He was much more besides. Too much for the scope of this post.
Pythagoras said in his golden verses:
“Never suffer sleep to close thy eyelids, after thy going to bed, till though has examined by thy reason all thy actions of the day. Wherein have I done amiss? What have I done? What have I omitted that I ought to have done? If in this examination thou find that thou hast done amiss, reprimand thyself severely for it. And if thou has done any good, rejoice.”
~ Pythagoras, Golden Verses.
Introspection and retrospection. Very simple but effective practices.
Introspection in the morning, upon awakening, you plan the things that you would like to get done during the day. Don’t be too far-reaching in the beginning, just set 2 or 3 simple things that you want doing or would enjoy or further you in some way; gym, study, reading, communicating etc.
Retrospection in the evenings. Look back over your day and see for yourself honestly and sincerely whether you accomplished what you set out to do. Honesty is a must in these practices, otherwise they are useless.
Before going to sleep, especially if you have something important, some aim or goal that you want to achieve. Ask yourself three questions. Maybe after re-reading Pythagoras’ quote a few times…
1. What would I like to do?
2. What did I do?
3. How did I do it?
I will be trying myself over the next few days and would love to know your thoughts on the exercise. I imagine one of two things will occur; I become super-productive very quickly, or I find it very difficult to keep to the things on my list and soon stop the experiment.