Spirituality adventure wisdom exotic places rand ideas wonderfully fresh worldviews there are so many things I enjoyed about this book I had always and everywhere in all conditions and circumstances to remember myself and to remember the task I had set myself by the fulfillment of which I wished and still wish to justify the sense and aim of my life pg 301I relate to his need to wander explore learn and overcome challenges I don t think every human is born with this hunger to do and see but I certainly think I share this uality with him I feel Gurdjieff said a lot in this book but left even unsaid this book is rather a lengthy adventure novel slash travel uide than a book on his philosophy or spiritual teaching It can also be seen as an ode to these remarkable men and one woman and dog Gurdjieff met and shaped his ideas during the course of his life even though it is not sure whether these people and one dog truly existed or were made up by Gurdjieff The reason for calling the book lengthy is because it is very descriptive but mostly consists of descriptions of places and people he met not ideas Whenever the stories o into the direction of what these remarkable men truly taught him Gurdjieff states he will explain this in detail in a soon to be written work To be fair the first chapters devoted to his father first tutor and substitution teacher state uite clearly how these men shaped Gurdjieff Gurdjieff uses direct uotes and lists to explain his father s subjective sayings his tutor s ideas on sexual desire and his teacher s outlook on objective and subjective morality However from the fifth chapter onwards the chapters The GI Bride get longer and seem to lose the clarity and precision of taught life lessons that are present in the first chapters and introduction Still the bookave me a proper first insight into Gurdjieff s life and I m interested in reading about and from him Favorite uotes Yelov had a very original view about mental work He once saidIt s all the same our thoughts work day and night instead of allowing them to think about caps of invisibility or the riches of Aladdin rather let them be occupied with something useful In iving direction to thought of course a certain amount of energy is spent but no is needed for this purpose in a while day than for the digestion of one meal I therefore decided to study languages not only to prevent my thoughts from idling but also not to allow them to hinder my other functions with their idiotic dreams and childish phantasies Besides the knowledge of languages can in itself sometimes be useful page 117 Tags interestingThey sat down at the foot of the pyramid and I sat down not far away so that I could distinctly hear all they were saying and began to eat my chourekThe entleman who had met us and who turned out to be a prince asked the professor among other thingsAre you really still disturbing the remains of people who died long and collecting the utterly worthless rubbish supposedly once #Used In Their Stupid #in their stupid livesWhat you answered the professor This is at least something real and tangible and not as ephemeral as that to which you have devoted your life a life which you as a man of health and wealth could have used to the full You are looking for truth invented once upon a time by some crazy idler but if what I do contributes nothing to the satisfaction of curiosity at least if one wishes it contributes to the pocket page 120 Tags funnySoloviev continued to drink and having suandered what was left of his money ot some job with the railway where he had been working for three months before I met him drinking incessantly all the whileSoloviev s frank story touched me deeply At that time I already knew a reat deal about hypnotism and after bringing a man into a certain state could influence him by suggestion to forget any undesirable habit I therefore proposed to Soloviev that I should help him if he really wished to Ratscalibur get rid of this pernicious habit of drinking vodka and explained to him how I would do it He agreed and the next day and each day thereafter I brought him into the hypnotic state and made the necessary suggestions Heradually came to feel such an aversion to vodka that he could not even bear to look at this poison as he called it page 147 Tags interesting being highly honourable and honest my father could never consciously build his own welfare on the misfortune of his neighbour But most of those round him being typical contemporary people took advantage of his honesty and deliberately tried to cheat him thus unconsciously belittling the significance of that trait in his psyche which conditions the whole of Our Common Father s commandments for man page 48 TagsBy this time Pogossian and I had come to the definite conclusion that there really was a certain something which people formerly knew but that now this knowledge was uite forgotten page 87 Tags interestingIn former times the word shepherd did not have the same meaning as it has now Formerly a shepherd himself was the owner of the flocks he The Million Dollar Goal (The Million Dollar Series, grazed and shepherds were considered among the richest people of the country some of them even possessing several flocks and herds page 88 Tags interestingWhat struck us most was the word Sarmoung which we had come across several times in the book called Merkhavat This word is the name of a famous esoteric school which according to tradition was founded in Babylon as far back as 2500 BC and which was known to have existed somewhere in Mesopotamia up to the sixth or seventh century AD but about its further existence one could not obtain anywhere the least informationThe school was said to have possessedreat knowledge containing the key to many secret mysteriesMany times had Pogossian and I talked of this school and dreamed of finding out something authentic abou. Le avventure picaresche raccontate in uesto libro «con una semplicità orientale che sconcertava per la. .
Rdjieff himself was uite remarkable Gurdjieff is a monolith peering up in these odd times an anachronism and a relief This book shows a person how to live fill your life with adventure and discovery or die trying What a sweeping story It all is very different from modern life many colors and missing pieces coming together in uite unmodal fashion like octaves of an ancient oglalic past being completed in one s subconscious presence yet in near times to us once again as he re collected his re markable way through this lifeNothing since the poetry of the Epic of Gilgamesh minus Rilke or some REM lyric has there been so multi valently a symbolic and dense set of tales as one hears in this Everything means another Whenever I fall asleep I fall into delusion Maybe you re the same And I don t mean physically falling asleep I mean as Gurdjeff says forgetting to remember myselfThe conflicting paranoias allegiances and neuroses of people you meet in your daily routine can The Selected Poems gall and hurt you if you re not careful That happens when we leave the door to our selves ajar How s thatBecause most of us tend to work on automatic pilot We don t pay attention And thus we lose the thread that can take us back to our authentic selves So it s not about standing ourround in the workplace that s what too many people do and it makes true enemiesAnd I think that s what George Gurdjieff tended to do and it instantly typecast him as a messiah for misfits Misfits too are the characters of this book All of them are uite aggressively suare pegs in a round hole REAL characters as they sayI think the problem with Gurdjieff is that he makes a A Shark Never Sleeps: Wheeling and Dealing with the NFL's Most Ruthless Agent good beginning which he can t extend out to a harmonious conclusion He was too self consciously a suare peg The type that needs disciples to sustain his energy He had uite a few of those but his thirsty ego was never uenched So in compensation as he makes no bones about telling us here he drank too muchBut as I say he begins well for there is no way to know life other than to see it clearly and see it whole and all that begins with SELF KNOWLEDGE as Socrates saysI think that Gurdjieff was not as wise as Socrates and that his wisdom was stillborn If you build a Model T replica in your living room it s no earthlyood to you unless you break down an opening in your wall large enough to TAKE IT OUT ON THE STREET If we figure out the way our brain works for us that s a My Jihad: The True Story of An American Mujahid's Amazing Journey from Usama Bin Laden's Training Camps to Counterterrorism with the FBI and CIA good start but if we can t put that knowledge to work in constructive dialogue with others our self knowledge is uselessSo Gurdjieff spent the rest of his life behind a smokescreen of mystical mumbo jumbo instead of returning to his religious roots and finding peace Instead of THEN taking his serenity publicI know what you re thinking that s an impossibly tall order But Antoine de Saint Exupery thought otherwiseFor he famously said that love which many of us find in Faith doesn t consist inazing lovingly into the eyes of the Beloved but by seeing the world around you WITH the BelovedAnd with the love that comes through faith that s possible Because through
"faith you know "you KNOW are loved You re no longer aggressively play acting like GurdjieffAnd then the morality tale we re taught as kids The Prodigal Son comes true Remember itIt tells us if that if you don t sooner or later leave your solitary and outr ways your prodigal life long enough to return to the crowded conflicted boisterous but very plain #And Simple Public Life #simple public life once lovingly knew Your salvation may be less than assured in Eternal Eyes Loved reading this 1974 paperback edition Excellent stories of spirituality and adventure travel Could ve earned 4 stars but for this In my opinion in employing contemporary maps it would be ideally useful to put into practice the sense of a judicious saying which declares If you wish to succeed in anything then ask a woman for advice and do the opposite And also this In The Book of Leviathan general during the last two or three years my inability to control the automatic manifestations of my subconscious and my instinct is such that I have become almost like an hysterical womanThat said Ireatly enjoy reading and learning about all things Gurdjieff Look I don t know much about Gurdjieff except that my library apparently and learning about all things Gurdjieff Look I don t know much about Gurdjieff except that my library apparently to the newsletter but this book was pretty Nine Ghosts good I don t know if it was the eye opening wisdom tome Greg may have subconsciously suggested it was but there were someood stories in there Even if they were inconveniently told For instance this is or less how the Pre Sands Egypt story Las Maravillosas Obras de Dios: Historias B�blicas Para La Familia goesChapter 1 Oh man We found this rockin map WE ARE EXCITED TO GO ADVENTURINGChapter 2 Here s a story about a dogChapter 3 Here s a story about a dudeChapter 4 Here s a story about a princeChapter 4a Here s a story about a ladyChapter 5 Yeah Pre sand Egypt was pretty awesome You totally missed itChapter 6 Here s a story about another dudeGreg says Gurdfieff does this on purpose toet me to think or whatever I m just impressed by clever people شرح جامع مثنوى معنوى going out in the world and making it on theirood sense Something I Beautiful book I found this em in my local library they had stored this old book in a special section only to be taken out on reuest I was privileged Gurdjieff is misunderstood by many to be a sham His life has resonation felt by both knowledgeable and ignorant He was an enlightened person without any doubt in my heartThis book is special of all the books he has written because you can feel the love All other books you have to dig deep to find the beautiful However this book is full of beauty Gurdjieff describes all the characters in the book that he met during his own travels All people in the tales actually convey some deep meanings The best part of this book unlike rest of his books is that Gurdjieff is not cryptic in telling tales I have read this book once. E sue dottrine per sottoporlo a una serie di choc e di paradossi che possono orientarlo verso il risvegl. ,
T it and now suddenly we found it mentioned in this parchment We were reatly excited page 90 Tags interestingThe priest went to a chest and took out a roll of parchment When he unrolled it I could not at first make out what it was but when I looked at it closely My God What I experienced at that moment I shall never forget itI was seized with violent trembling which was all the violent because I was inwardly trying to restrain myself and not show my excitement What I saw was it not precisely what I had spent long months of sleepless nights thinking aboutIt was a map of what is called pre sand Egypt page 99 Tags interestingAs for the Armenians on the other hand they are called salted because they have a custom of salting a child at its birthI must add by the way that in my opinion this custom is not without its use My special observations have shown me that the new born children of other races suffer from a skin rash in the places where one usually applies some kind of powder to prevent inflammation but with rare exceptions Armenian children born in the same regions do not suffer from this rash although they have all the other children s diseases This fact I ascribe to the custom of salting pages 114 115 Tags interestingBesides being a phenomenon in the knowledge of books and authors Yelov later on became a phenomenon in the knowledge of languages I who then spoke eighteen languages felt a Riding Hard green horn in comparison with him Before I knew a single word of any European language he already spoke almost all of them so perfectly that it was hard to tell that the language he was speaking was not his own pages 116 117 Tags interestingThis old man continued Bogga Eddin is a member of a brotherhood known among the dervishes by the name of Sarmoung of which the chief monastery is somewhere in the heart of AsiaI had several long conversations with this old man In the last one he advised me too to his monastery and stay there for a timeHe added that if I wished to Arabian Challenge go there he would be willing to help me and would find the necessaryuides on condition that I would take a solemn oath never to tell anyone where the monastery was situatedThroughout the whole our journey we strictly and conscientiously kept our oath not to look and not to try and find out where we were oing and through what places we were passing When we halted for the night and occasionally by day when we ate in some secluded place our bashliks were removed But while on the way we were only twice permitted to uncover our eyes The first time was on the eighth day when we were about to cross a swinging bridge which one could neither cross on horseback nor walk over two abreast but only in single file and this it was impossible to do with eyes coveredOn the way we changed horses and asses several times and sometimes went on foot More than once we had to swim rivers and cross mountains and by our sensations of heat and cold it was evident that we sometimes descended into deep valleys or climbed very high At last when at the end #of the twelfth day our eyes were uncovered we found ourselves in a narrow orge #the twelfth day our eyes were uncovered we found ourselves in a narrow orge which flowed a small stream whose banks were covered with a rich vegetationAs we came nearer we were able to make out something like a fortress such as one finds on a smaller scale on the banks of the Amu Darya or the Pyandzh The buildings were encircled by a high unbroken wall pages 148 152 Tags
Gault S Gulch InterestingSos Gulch interestingSo continued for about two weeks until one day we were called into the third court to the sheikh of the monastery who spoke to us through an interpreter He appointed as our uide one of the oldest monks an aged man who looked like an icon and was said by the other brethren to be two hundred and seventy five years old pages 160 161 Tags interestingPogossian and I were calmly walking along He was humming some march and swinging his stick Suddenly as if from nowhere a dog appeared then another and another and still another in all about fifteen sheep dogs who began barking at us Pogossian imprudently flung a stone at them and they immediately sprang at usThey were Kurd sheep dogs very vicious and in another moment they would have torn us to pieces if I had not instinctively pulled Pogossian down and made him sit beside me on the road Just because we sat down the dogs stopped barking and springing at us surrounding us they also sat downSome time passed before we came to ourselves and when we were able to take stock of the situation we burst out laughing As long as we remained sitting the dogs also sat peacably and still and when we threw them bread from our knapsacks they ate it with ILLERAMMA Kathalu great pleasure some of them even wagging their tails inratitude But when reassured by their friendliness we tried to stand up then Oh no you don t for they instantly jumped up and baring their teeth made ready to spring at us so we were compelled to sit down once When we again tried to et up the dogs showed themselves so viciously hostile that we did not risk trying a third timeIn this situation we remained sitting for about three hours I did not know how much
Longer We Would Have Hadwe would have had sit there if a young Kurd irl had not chanced to appear in the distance with an ass Cheyenne: A Sweet Historical Romance gathering keesiak in the fieldsMaking various signs to her we finally managed to attract her attention and when she came closer and saw what the trouble was she went off to fetch the shepherds to whom the dogs belonged who were not far away behind a hill The shepherds came and called off the dogs but only when they were at some distance did we risk standing up and all the time they were moving away the rascals kept an eye on us pages 94 95 if you ve been looking for a book about feeding sand to livestock this is your lucky day you may also learn how to escape sandstorms using stilts no wonderu. Sua apparenza di ingenuità» sono per Gurdjieff innanzitutto uno strumento per iniziare il lettore all.