182. repetition, repetition, repetition

a student went to the guru and asked, “why do you repeat yourself?”

the guru said, “if you hear my words once, you may be surprised. if you hear my words twice, you may be convinced. if you hear my words three times, you may be converted. if you hear my words five times, you may be annoyed. if you hear my words six times, you may be in total rebellion against them. and if you hear my words seven times, you may cut me down.”

the guru concluded, “then, you will be your own guru.”