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The faculty of making fortunate discoveries by accident. The fact or occurrence of such discoveries. An instance of making such a discovery.
From the characters in the Persian fairy tale The Three Princes of Serendip, who made such discoveries, from Persian Sarandīp, Sri Lanka, from Arabic sarandīb. WORD HISTORY We are indebted to the English author Horace Walpole for the word serendipity... Walpole formed the word on an old name for Sri Lanka, Serendip. He explained that this name was part of the title of “a silly fairy tale, called The Three Princes of Serendip: as their highnesses traveled, they were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things which they were not in quest of.”]
[These ritual and symbolic identifications, not only between man and god but between the various objects in the system of correspondences, are known collectively as "sampatti," which primitively means to "fall into" (as in good luck) and derivatively means to obtain, to attain, or to partake in, or unite with. The idea of sampatti as "union" or identification is the metaphysical idea underlying the system of ritual equivalences; the idea of union with deities; and the idea in meditative theory that identification with a structure of being can be attained through the mental effort of concentration. A Geneological Commentary on The Play of Consciousness from Gaia Community: kelamuni's Blog 5:16 PM 8:53 AM]
Sampatti = serendipity [TNM]