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Know Thyself Bernard Guenther
The First Initiation Jeanne de Salzmann
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"Underneath all our conditioning, we are all one; one humanity, one life living us, one father who is love."
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What Are We Living For by J. G. Bennett
In his book, What Are We Living For?, John Bennett not only answers this question, which, as he says, can satisfy our minds as well as our feelings, but also, very clearly and precisely, explains why we–mankind–are as we are; why we never really face our situation; and what that situation is. Finally, he demonstrates that there is only one way out; the same strait gate and narrow way that Jesus and all great teachers, messengers, and prophets have spoken about in past ages; yet humanity has consistently ignored them.  This time the way out is based on the teachings of G.I. Gurdjieff.

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"Man is not what he should be. His life has neither meaning nor value if it is interpreted solely in terms of his present existence. He must look beyond; that he cannot do alone, however, for he is blind and his eyes must be opened. He must change his own being; in order to do so, he must pay the price, which is the sacrifice of the transient and illusory in order to gain the eternal and real. He must be born again; before there can be resurrection, though, there must first be death. He must die to what he is in order to become what he might be. Although he could do nothing without the help of the sacred individuals who prepare the way that he must follow, his destiny remains in his own hands, for it is his own labors and sacrifices that determine whether or not he will justify his election. Moreover, in all this he does not ask for his own salvation alone but must accept the utmost responsibility for the salvation of his neighbor. Throughout all runs the thread that these things alone matter and without them life is an empty mockery."
J.G. Bennett
Issue: #25 February/2012

In Ephesians 5:14, the apostle Paul writes, "Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light."  The humanity of this age, like that in Paul’s time, are spiritually "asleep," what G.I. Gurdjieff calls, "the terror of the situation".  We live in a world on the verge of extinction, a world that is tragically out of balance.  It is time to awaken from our sleep!  A.L. Staveley, in her forward to J. G. Bennett's marvelous book, "What Are We Living For?" writes, "Something intrinsic in man himself, in each of us, is not as it should be, and the need to change is urgent.  Before the society we have made can change, there needs to be an inner change in a sufficient number of individuals that begins to redress the balance."
Those who are spiritually asleep are consumed by the "hypnotism of life".  In this state of sleep they can neither know their true selves nor are they able to feel the inner call to awaken, to be "born from above".  They never ask, 'What must I do to awaken?'  Such people are spiritually dead, separated from what Gurdjieff calls 'Real I' (God), and because of this sleep they are incapable of hearing the voice of the spirit.
When a man, with "grace from above" and through his own conscious labor and intentional suffering arises from this inner darkness, he receives the "light of understanding"; he encounters his true nature, and a truth capable of healing his soul.
Know Thyself by Bernard Guenther

What will bring peace is inward transformation, which will lead to outward action. Inward transformation is not isolation, is not withdrawal from outward action. On the contrary, there can be right action only when there is right thinking and there is no right thinking where there is no self-knowledge.

Without knowing yourself, there is no peace. Any ideal is merely an escape, an avoidance of what is, a contradiction of what is. An ideal prevents direct action upon what is. To have peace, we will have to love; we will have to begin not to live an ideal life but to see things as they are and act upon them, transform them.

As long as each one of us is seeking psychological security, the physiological security we need; food, clothing and shelter, is destroyed. Some of you will nod your heads and say, ‘I agree’, and go outside and do exactly the same as you have been doing for the last ten or twenty years. Your agreement is merely verbal and has no significance, for the world’s miseries and wars are not going to be stopped by your casual assent.

They will be only stopped when you realize the danger, when you realize your responsibility, when you do not leave it to somebody else. If you realize the suffering, if you see the urgency of immediate action and do not postpone, then you will transform yourself. - J. Krishnamurti

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The First Initiation by Jeanne de Salzmann
The first requirement, the first condition, the first test for one who wishes to work on himself is to change his appreciation of himself. He must not imagine, not simply believe or think, but see things in himself which he has never seen before, see them actually. His appreciation will never be able to change as long as he sees nothing in himself. And in order to see, he must learn to see; this is the first initiation of man into self-knowledge.
If he sees one time he can see a second time, and if that continues he will no longer be able not to see. This is the state to be looked for, it is the aim of our observation; it is from there that the true wish will be born, the irresistible wish to become.
Learn to look until you have seen the difference between your two natures, until you have seen the lies, the deception in yourself. When you have seen your two natures, that day, in yourself, the truth will be born.
Principles of Nonviolence

"We need a new heroic ideal: the brave, truthful, nonviolent individual
who is in the service of humanity, who resists injustice and exploitation,
and who leads by appealing to our ideals and our spirit."

- Keshavan Nair –

Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people.

Nonviolence seeks to win friendship and understanding.

Nonviolence seeks to defeat injustices, not people.

Nonviolence holds that suffering for a cause can educate and transform.

Nonviolence chooses love instead of hate.

Nonviolence holds that the universe is on the
side of justice, and that right will prevail.
"The nonviolent resistor not only refuses to shoot his opponent but he also refuses to hate him. At the center of nonviolence stands the principle of love. The nonviolent resister would contend that in the struggle for human dignity, the oppressed people of the world must not succumb to the temptation of becoming bitter or indulging in hate campaigns. To retaliate in kind would do nothing but intensify the existence of hate in the universe. Along the way of life, someone must have sense enough and morality enough to cut off the chain of hate. This can only be done by projecting the ethic of love to the center of our lives."

- Martin Luther King -







"Awakening is possible only for those who seek it and want it, for those who are ready to struggle with themselves and work on themselves for a very long time and very persistently."

G. I. Gurdjieff

"And He said to him, 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
Matthew 22:37-40
"He on whom your attention rests is your neighbor; he also will die. If you acquire data always to realize the inevitability of their death and your own death, you will have a feeling of pity for others, and be just toward them. From realizing the significance of your neighbor when your attention rests on him, that he will die, pity for him and compassion toward him will arise in you, and finally you will love him; also, by doing this constantly, real faith, conscious faith, will arise in some part of you and spread to other parts, and you will have the possibility of knowing real happiness."
G. I. Gurdjieff