Necessity the Key to Growth

“New organs of being come into existence as the result of necessity. Therefore, O man, increase your necessity, so that you may increase your perception”.  Jallaludini Rumi

What do you think Rumi is saying here?

Terry Elkins (whyguy)

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Karen Mickle
    Mar 27, 2009 @ 17:42:21

    Rumi is talking about fat cells! LOL!


  2. DeeL
    Mar 26, 2009 @ 14:38:26

    The first thing that came up to my mind were inventions. Many invented machinery came into existence because of our urgent need for them.

    Rumi seems to relate this idea to our personal knowledge as well:

    We shall forever feel the necessity and have the will to learn and gain more knowledge; otherwise, there won’t be any incentive for us to advance and improve.

    Again, thank you Terry. Your choice of quotes that you include here quite astounds me! 🙂


    • whyguy
      Mar 27, 2009 @ 03:14:48

      Deel, necessity is the mother of invention as they say.

      “New organs of being come into existence as the result of necessity. Therefore, O man, increase your necessity, so that you may increase your perception”.

      The first part of this quote, I believe, is Rumi offering proof that as a species we are adaptable and capable of changing physically. According to Darwinian evolution we have adapted to our environments out of necessity. Which is evident in the simplest things such as hair and eye color depending on the region and climate our ancestors came from.

      The second part of this quote makes me believe that Rumi is speaking about the fulfillment of desires, dreams, and hopes for a better future. Which reminds me very much of the book The Secret and the Law of Attraction. When we focus our attention on a want or desire and make it a goal with a single minded focus to make that dream a reality we are increasing our necessity. ( We want something and want it bad) It is the necessity that drives us to make those dreams happen.

      The Law of Attraction tells us to visualize our dreams happening as if they have already happened, bringing not only a clear vision into focus, but also, the emotions that drive our behavior. When our necessity is driven by strong emotions we are more apt to see more circumstances in our life to make our dreams come true, thus, we increase our perception.

      For example, when a person wants to earn more money and makes a decision to find a new career, they are more apt to notice the things that will make that desire come true. They may overhear a conversation between two people talking about needing to hire someone to fulfill a position they are qualified for. Before their desire became a necessity they may not have not payed attention to this conversation before. Soon, this persons perception is so clear they start seeing opportunities all around them.

      Still, they must act on those perceptions, it is not enough to dream and see opportunities, we must also take action. It is through action that our dreams take shape and evolve into fulfillment. Thus, fulfilling Rumi’s claim that we are capable of change. We change only out of necessity.

      Geez, I didn’t mean to be so long winded in my response, and this is only my interpretation. The beauty of these quotes is that they open our minds and make us think. Each of us coming to a different understanding, and when we share our understandings with one another we learn more than we could ever have alone.

      Thank you Deel for sharing your perceptions with me. You are wise my friend, Terry


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