An analysis of the adage, “This too, shall pass”

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This article is written a bit as a tongue-in-cheek analysis of the well-known saying, "this too, shall pass".

This writer likes too question things that are accepted, are well-known, and are never questioned as to whether they are really entirely truthful, or not.

This then is my own take on this saying. I partly believe in it, but not fully. I have a boot in each camp, so to speak then.

There is usually some truth on both sides of the fence!!

I feel like writing today, will this feeling pass, before I finish this piece?

Last week I was feeling rather annoyed with my life.

I was asking myself these types of questions.

Why am I getting so tired of living, and the hassle of it all? When will my life change? Why does nothing I do ever seem to really work for me? Why do I remain lost?

Nothing seems to be worthwhile for me any more to do. It seems all just a waste of time, or of just forever repeating things from before,” I was thinking to myself.

My spiritual guide then offered his answer to me as follows, using his own unique way of saying things again.

The moderateness of the pomposity of the plausibility of the demeanour carried by you through your life extends to more than just this one life of yours. It includes all prior existences or lives of you, and of all others in a way too. You have always existed as soul, which does take on different roles when it dies to the body or more the body dies to it.”

Gobbledygook, or truth? How can we know the difference?

“This too shall pass”

so goes an old saying, but is this saying really true?

It might be more true to say that nothing passes, as all is happening right now.

Where does the truth lie here? Can truth lie?

This too won't pass. Nothing ever passes!

The proverb, "This too, shall pass", is an old one, that apparently stems from way back in the 13th century, somewhere in the middle east.

It's obvious meaning is that whether we think something is good or bad, a good time or a bad time in our life, we will move on from this, we will go past it, we always do. Everything changes.

"Change is the one constant in the Universe," goes another saying.

There are many fables that have sprung up around this quote, (this too shall pass), and about its possible origin also.

One involves the Sufi wise man and poet Attar of Nishapur, another involves Solomon, from the Christian bible.

Here is another story that I just invented myself.

Well, the others are probably just tall stories too, so, so what if I add my own version to the list!

It is said that the ancient Greek poet Homer, (who was born sometime between the 12th and 8th centuries BC,) was contemplating his Iliad, and he couldn't come up with anything that would please himself, that would also not, not please himself as well.

His wife, walking past, said to him, “Don't worry, even this feeling shall pass.”

Homer nodded his head, “Nothing much, but everything, passes you by though, doesn't it,” he murmured to himself, thoughtfully.

This is what he wrote up in his Iliad epic poem then about this encounter with his thoughts, and with his wife.

The gods envy us. They envy us because we’re mortal, because any moment may be our last. Everything is more beautiful because we’re doomed. You will never be lovelier than you are now. We will never be here again.”

― Homer, The Iliad

In other words, "everything passes"!!

Does nothing pass then, or does everything pass??

Perhaps I am right in that nothing passes, and yet at the same time all things pass.

The present is really the moving finger of now writing each phase of the now in the futuristic "portionability" of now from the past. This melding of the past and the future to the now allows all to pass through now for us as we watch and participate in it, but the truth is nothing is passing but ourselves.

We pass through now because we live in a transient body that seems to float on top of the now, but which is really just a lever for our soul to peer past the now into the makeup of eternity, which is an infinity of nows existing now, but being stretched apart like a rainbow, reaching from one side of the now to the other, whenever the sun, or the love of God shines on it, which really is all of the time, or always now.

"This too shall pass" is really just a physical world observation of the way things always grow past themselves, through our life, because we seem to live within time.

This is a mute (should really be moot, but I am not being mute about it here, this is my idea of a pun of sorts) point though, because philosophically speaking, nothing fundamental, fundamentally ever changes.

There is always an unchanging, underlying, ongoing oneness to it all.

What changes is the growth of the infinite parts, within the oneness.

These parts can become more consciously aware of themselves, and so this once again proves the truth of that old adage, of the sum being greater than its parts.

This is indicated here, in that the oneness is then being added to, by the infinite growth taking place within its parts, and this in turn infinitely grows the oneness, but without ever really changing it, even in just one small iota of itself.

Oneness knows itself from within itself, but its state of oneness always stays the same. Nothing passes oneness by. Nothing passes oneness. Oneness will not pass!

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author avatar Carol Roach
22nd Oct 2015 (#)

I am comforted by the proverb or mantra this too shall pass, it can be a passing ill feeling, a situation that will one day get better and so on. Our life can be stagnant but for true growth this too must pass.

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author avatar spirited
22nd Oct 2015 (#)

thanks Carol,

it really is a comforting phrase for all of us pained by life, from living in time, which passes us by.

Time passes because we are not really passing ourselves.

All of us sit in the now forever as soul with God I believe.

Time is the illusion that brings life to life giving it time enough to be alive!?

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author avatar brendamarie
22nd Oct 2015 (#)

Great article Spirited, one thing is for sure, things always change at some point.

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author avatar spirited
22nd Oct 2015 (#)

yes thanks brendamarie, all things change but the unchangeable, and even that changes if we change, within it.

When we change and grow, so does God I believe.

This is the reason for creation, as he wanted to grow himself in this unique way, which he could not do in any other way.

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author avatar Retired
22nd Oct 2015 (#)

I think you've nailed it, spirited: that which passes (through time) is each one of us. Taking the analogy of school, we pass our grades, moving through the system of knowledge, and even though the system of knowledge may change, the school doesn't. That's why they call it "Old School".

Your humour is apparent, in much the same way that God is a Parent: it is omnipresent.

Thank you for spelling all this out.

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author avatar spirited
22nd Oct 2015 (#)

Thanks for the compliments Christopher.

By nailing it, I hope I haven't nailed it too strongly in place in my mind though...LOL...

Even the strongest nail can be pulled out at times...

I love your analogy about the "Old School".

I guess the headmaster (God?) also always keeps his job too, or does he hand his role off to others at times, perhaps to the assistant vice principle, or even to you and to me at times!!

They say we are our own best teachers.

Humour is eternally omnipresent but it takes time to stretch it out enough for us to appreciate it sometimes.....

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
23rd Oct 2015 (#)

Creation itself is an illusion - we traverse our own path though feel part of it. Throw in dreams that are tough to decipher!

The concept of time itself is beyond us. Einstein observed "The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once."

Our physical presence has time element but our soul is timeless - so we have issues to connect both and cannot resolve them to find balance.

God has created a puzzle that will challenge us forever. But we are given some leeway through "time heals" - this too shall pass.

As for me, I have faced end of life issues but they all passed. I try for equanimity as good and bad, as we take it, interchange but on further analysis all are just a passing spectacle.

Thought provoking Spirited, thanks - siva

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author avatar spirited
23rd Oct 2015 (#)

thanks siva, yes, time does seem to heal most things.

Maybe karma's hose has a leak in it into time somewhere along its length, LOL...

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
23rd Oct 2015 (#)

Usually we use the adage ' This too shall pass ' ( in my humble opinion ) spirited , as an encouragement when those we are speaking to are going through a particularly bad or unhappy time in their lives ...
The one absolute that I hold onto that will never pass or fade is knowing that God loves us with an everlasting love .
Whether we choose to believe that or not , will never change the truth .
God bless you my friend
Stella ><

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author avatar spirited
23rd Oct 2015 (#)

yes, thanks Stella, that is an absolute that will never change or pass away.

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author avatar Kingwell
31st Oct 2015 (#)

I am reminded of the old lady who said her favorite Bible verse was "it came to pass". She said it reminded her that nothing comes to stay and that everything passes. Interesting article my friend. Blessings.

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author avatar spirited
31st Oct 2015 (#)

thanks Kingwell, yes, I guess nothing comes to stay has the same meaning, as everything passes.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
3rd Nov 2015 (#)

Another gem of a post my dear Spirited I truly enjoy your works!

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author avatar spirited
3rd Nov 2015 (#)

thanks for being a fan Fern

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