Try to understand what I am saying: everything is dependent on everything else, everything is connected, nothing is separate. Therefore everything is going in the only way it can go. If people were different everything would be different. They are what they are, so everything is as it is.— G. I. Gurdjieff
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Self-observation brings man to the realization of the necessity of self-change.
And in observing himself a man notices that self-observation itself brings about certain changes in his inner processes. He begins to understand that self-observation is an instrument of self-change, a means of awakening.
The evolution of man is the evolution of his consciousness, and 'consciousness' cannot evolve unconsciously. The evolution of man is the evolution of his will, and 'will' cannot evolve involuntarily.
If you meditate and the Devil comes, make the Devil meditate.
I will tell you one thing that will make you rich for life.
There are two struggles: an Inner-world struggle and an Outer-world struggle...you must make an intentional contact between these two worlds; then you can crystallize data for the Third World, the World of the Soul.
It is only by grounding our awareness in the living sensation of our bodies that the 'I Am,' our real presence, can awaken.
Two things in life are infinite; the stupidity of man and the mercy of God.
In order to understand the interrelation of truth and falsehood in life, a man must understand falsehood in himself, the constant incessant lies he tells himself.
If you help others, you will be helped, perhaps tomorrow, perhaps in one hundred years, but you will be helped. Nature must pay off the debt. It is a mathematical law and all life is mathematics.
Real love is a cosmic force which goes through us.
If we crystallize it, it becomes the greatest power in the world.
There is a cosmic law which says that every satisfaction must be paid for with a dissatisfaction.
I ask you to believe nothing that you cannot verify for yourself.
Knowledge can be acquired by a suitable and complete study, no matter what the starting point is. Only one must know how to "learn." What is nearest to us is man; and you are the nearest of all men to yourself. Begin with the study of yourself; remember the saying "Know thyself."
By teaching others you will learn yourself.
It is very difficult also to sacrifice one's suffering.
A man will renounce any pleasures you like but he will not give up his suffering.
That which is easy is bad for your inner life.
The greatest untold story is the evolution of God.
From my point of view, he can be called a remarkable man who stands out from those around him by the resourcefulness of his mind, and who knows how to be restrained in the manifestations which proceed from his nature, at the same time conducting himself justly and tolerantly towards the weaknesses of others.
Wish' is the most powerful thing in the world. Higher than God.
The first fundamental law of the universe is the law of three forces, of three principles, or , as it is often called, the law of three. According to this law every action, every phenomenon in all worlds without exception, is the result of a simultaneous action of three forces- the positive, the negative, and the neutralizing.
Love without knowledge is demonic.
If a sufficient number of people who wanted to stop war really did gather together, they would first of all begin by making war upon those who disagreed with them. And it is still more certain that they would make war on people who also want to stop wars but in another way.
With thorns in the inner world there will always be roses in the outer world, in law-able compensation.
Those who have not sown anything during their responsible life will have nothing to reap in the future.
A miracle is not the breaking of physical laws, but rather represents laws which are incomprehensible to us.
Meat is necessary when there is hard physical work to be done, or in a very cold climate, or when edible plants cannot be found...Animal flesh provides all the substances we need, both for the intensive working of our organism and for maintaining a normal temperature in cold climates.
Sincerity is the key which will open the door through which you will see your separate parts, and you will see something quite new. You must go on trying to be sincere. Each day you put on a mask, and you must take it off little by little.
The degree of consciousness corresponds to the degree of density or the speed of vibrations. The denser the matter, the less conscious it is.
Love of consciousness evokes the same in response Love of feeling evokes the opposite Love of body depends only on type and polarity.
Man has the possibility of existence after death.
But possibility is one thing and the realization of the possibility is quite a different thing.
Every grown-up man consists wholly of habits, although he is often unaware of it and even denies having any habits at all.
Religion is doing; a man does not merely think his religion or feel it, he "lives" his religion as much as he is able, otherwise it is not religion but fantasy or philosophy.
Personality in man is what is "not his own" .
. . what come from outside, what he has learned, or reflects, all traces of exterior impressions left in the memory.
Now everything that you do is written in red or black in Angel Gabriel's book.
Not for everyone is this record kept, but only for those who have taken a position of responsibility. There is a Law of Sins, and if you do not fulfil all your obligations, you will pay.
Remember yourself always and everywhere.
A "sin" is something which is not necessary.
My way is to develop the hidden potentialities of man; a way that is against Nature and against God.
Nothing can be attained without suffering but at the same time one must begin by sacrificing suffering.
One may say that evil does not exist for subjective man at all, that there exist only different conceptions of good. Nobody ever does anything deliberately in the interests of evil, for the sake of evil. Everybody acts in the interests of good, as he understands it. But everybody understands it in a different way. Consequently men drown, slay, and kill one another in the interests of good.
All who have come to me must have enema each day.
Let us take some event in the life of humanity.
For instance, war. There is a war going on at the present moment. What does it signify? It signifies that several millions of sleeping people are trying to destroy several millions of other sleeping people. They would not do this, of course, if they were to wake up. Everything that takes place is owing to this sleep.
To know means to know all. Not to know all means not to know. In order to know all, it is only necessary to know a little. But, in order to know this little, it is first necessary to know pretty much.
Conscious faith is freedom. Emotional faith is slavery. Mechanical faith is foolishness.
If you want to lose your faith, make friends with a priest.
Only super-efforts count.
The first reason for people's slavery is our ignorance, and above all, our ignorance of ourselves.
What is possible for individual man is impossible for the masses.
Ancient art has a specific inner content.
At one time, art possessed the same purpose that books do in our day, namely: to preserve and transmit knowledge. In olden days, people did not write books, they incorporated their knowledge into works of art. We would find a great many ideas in the works of ancient art passed down to us, if only we knew how to read them.