By Gurdjieff, Georges Ivanovitch
can we say that existence is ruled through a bunch of wakeful humans? the place are they? who're they? We see precisely the contrary: that lifestyles is ruled by way of people who are the least unsleeping, by way of people who find themselves so much asleep.
Provocative principles similar to those have attracted generations of considerate humans to the tools of self-study and internal paintings devised by means of Gurdjieff, probably the most radical religious lecturers of recent instances. in keeping with Gurdjieff, the wars raging at this very second are not anything greater than thousands of napping humans attempting to annihilate hundreds of thousands of alternative slumbering humans. opposite to renowned trust, there isn't any resembling factor as growth and evolution so long as humanity is still asleep.
Two hundred wakeful humans may possibly swap the entire of existence on the planet, Gurdjieff says. If we wish to turn into these wakeful humans, we needs to how to switch ourselves. With the aid of self-knowledge and an realizing of our relation to the universe, we...
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On the contrary, we invariably wish to establish our personal meaning for a word and to take it always in that sense, which is obviously impossible as one and the same word used at different times and in various ways has different meanings. The wrong use of words and the qualities of the words themselves have made them unreliable instruments of an exact speech and knowledge, not to mention that we have neither words nor expressions for many notions accessible to our reason. The language of numbers alone can serve for an exact expression, but this language is applied only to designate and compare quantities.
Do they not also fluctuate like everything else in us? It would be more accurate to call them opinions rather than convictions, dependent as much on our mood as on our information, or perhaps simply on the state of our digestion at a given moment. Every one of us is a rather ordinary example of an animated automaton. We may think that a “soul,” and even a “spirit,” is necessary to act and to live as we live. But perhaps it is enough to have a key for winding up the spring of our mechanism. Our daily portions of food help wind us up, and renew the aimless antics of our associations, again and again.
Look at the Milky Way. The earth cannot even be called a grain of sand in this infinity. It dissolves and vanishes. And with it, you—where are you? The knowledge of man’s relation to the universe has existed from ancient times. The Great Knowledge is always the same, but the form in which it is expressed changes, depending on the place and the epoch. Like language that has evolved over centuries, the form is barely comprehensible to subsequent generations. For the most part it is taken literally and, in this way, the inner content becomes lost.
In search of being : the fourth way to consciousness by Gurdjieff, Georges Ivanovitch