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Sayings

Sayings from Gurdjieff's writings: Mullah Nassr Eddin (from the Tales), Gurdjieff's Father (from Meetings With Remarkable Men), Gurdjieff (from Life is Real Only Then When "I am." and of Gurdjieff, from other sources.'Struth! What might not happen in this world! A flea might swallow an elephant. As soon as anything is needed, it seems that it is filthy and eaten by mice....

The Moon, Kundabuffer

He who knows what his moon is and does can understand the cosmos. ~ Gurdjieff Gurdjieff told the Eastern parable of The Magician. It is this: There was a very rich magician who kept many sheep, so that he could shear them for wool and kill them for mutton. The magician was frugal. He did not want to hire shepherds, nor did he want to erect a wall or fence about the pasture where his sheep were grazing. Consequently, the sheep often wandered...

We Are Mechanical

“The highest limit of human achievement is to be able to do.” ~ Gurdjieff In the Work it is asserted that man is mechanical, that he is a machine rather than the master of himself. In fact, it is stated that “mechanicality” is the general state of humanity. Consequently, it is our state most of the time. We "know" this only intellectually, in the sense that we may think of ourselves as mechanical to some degree. Or worse, this idea was...

Insignificance

The following text comes from the notes taken at a lecture by Gurdjieff given in New York on 6th February 1931. There are two parts to air, evolving and involving. Involving part only, gives vivifyingness to “I.” Only enough of this part is taken now for the Trogoautoegocrat. Not until you have a conscious wish can you assimilate more of this good part of air. This involving part comes from the Prime Source. The secret of being able to...

Reading The Tales

From The Tales… [Written impromptu by the author on delivering this book, already prepared for publication, to the printer.] ACCORDING TO the numerous deductions and conclusions made by me during experimental elucidations concerning the productivity of the perception by contemporary people of new impressions from what is heard and read, and also according to the thought of one of the sayings of popular wisdom I have just remembered, handed down...

Advice

These "Commandments for living" were, reportedly, given by Gurdjieff to Reyna D’Assia. They were published in a book entitled The Spiritual Journey of Alejandro Jodorowsky.Accept that nothing belongs to you. Admit that someone else may be superior to you. Always finish what you have begun. Be conscious at every moment of what you are thinking, sensing, feeling, desiring, and doing. Be on time. Conquer your aversions and come closer to those who...

Aphorisms

These aphorisms are perhaps the most commonly quotes ones from Gurdjieff.From the Study House at The Prieuré. Like what “it” does not like. The highest that a man can attain is to be able to do. The worse the conditions of life the more productive the work, always provided you remember the work. Remember yourself always and everywhere. Remember you come here having already understood the necessity of struggling with yourself—only with yourself....