Monday, October 27, 2014

And That's Thirty For This Edition




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2 comments:

  1. i've enjoyed reading this blog, and occasionally marking it with my scent, and wish you the best as you decide how to allocate the time left to you

    and speaking of how one spends one's time, you may have enjoyed reading, and/or you may enjoy reading at some time in the future, g.i. gurdjieff's book "all and everything: beelzebub's tales to his grandson - an objectively impartial criticism of the life of man"

    it includes the five strivings, quoted and discussed by richard hodges:

    >> The first striving: to have in their ordinary being-existence everything satisfying and really necessary for their planetary body.

     The second striving: to have a constant and unflagging instinctive need for self-perfection in the sense of being.

     The third: the conscious striving to know ever more and more concerning the laws of World-creation and World-maintenance.

     The fourth: the striving from the beginning of their existence to pay for their arising and their individuality as quickly as possible, in order afterwards to be free to lighten as much as possible the Sorrow of our Common Father.

     And the fifth: the striving always to assist the most rapid perfecting of other beings, both those similar to oneself and those of other forms, up to the degree of the sacred ‘Martfotai’ that is up to the degree of self-individuality.<<

    A division is noted immediately between the first three, which seem to be directed toward oneself, and the last two which are directed outside oneself.

    What is the meaning of the fourth striving? It is reported that Gurdjieff sometimes said that to “pay back” meant to work to earn one’s living, but as is often the case, he seems to have also meant something deeper. Is it to pay back one’s mentors in “the work” by actually becoming one’s own individual?

    And what is one “free” to do afterward, and why? Well, it seems that the great sorrow is that people in general are not “individuals” but, as explained in Beelzebub, spend their lives as machines, unconscious slaves. To pay back, and to lighten the sorrow, may be to do what is indicated in the fifth striving, to carefully assist other beings to develop “self-individuality.” The fourth and the fifth striving then describe an endless cycle of self-realization followed by assisting others to self-realize.

    [end of quote from http://www.gurdjieff.org/hodges1.htm]

    may the creative forces of the universe stand beside you, and guide you, through the night with the light from above

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  2. 'Free' truly is in the mind of the beholder. Or, perhaps not. The experience and recognition of an authentic moment in living can be difficult to attain.

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