Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.
Imagine that we are sitting here talking of religions and that the
maid Masha hears our conversation. She, of course, understands it
in her own way and she repeats what she has understood to the porter
Ivan. The porter Ivan again understands it in his own way and he repeats
what he has understood to the coachman Peter next door. The coachman
Peter goes to the country and recounts in the village what the gentry
talk about in town. Do you think that what he recounts will at all
resemble what we said? This is precisely the relation between existing
religions and that which was their basis. You get teachings, traditions,
prayers, rites, not at fifth but at twenty-fifth hand, and, of course,
almost everything has been distorted beyond recognition and everything
essential forgotten long ago. Gurjieff
Truth is a pathless land. Man cannot come to it through any organization,
through any creed, through any dogma, priest or ritual, not through
any philosophic knowledge or psychological technique. He has to find
it through the mirror of relationship, through the understanding of
the contents of his own mind, through observation and not through
intellectual analysis or introspective dissection. Man has built in
himself images as a fence of security - religious, political, personal.
These manifest as symbols, ideas, beliefs. The burden of these images
dominates man's thinking, his relationships and his daily life. These
images are the causes of our problems for they divide man from man.
His perception of life is shaped by the concepts already established
in his mind.
The content of his consciousness is his entire existence.
This content is common to all humanity. The individuality is the name,
the form and superficial culture he acquires from tradition and environment.
The uniqueness of man does not lie in the superficial but in complete
freedom from the content of his consciousness, which is common to
all mankind. So he is not an individual. Freedom is not a reaction;
freedom is not a choice. It is man's pretence that because he has
choice he is free. Freedom is pure observation without direction,
without fear of punishment and reward. Freedom is without motive;
freedom is not at the end of the evolution of man but lies in the
first step of his existence. In observation one begins to discover
the lack of freedom. Freedom is found in the choiceless awareness
of our daily existence and activity. Thought is time. Thought is born
of experience and knowledge which are inseparable from time and the
past. Time is the psychological enemy of man. Our action is based
on knowledge and therefore time, so man is always a slave to the past.
Thought is ever-limited and so we live in constant conflict and struggle.
There is no psychological evolution.
When man becomes aware of the movement of his own thoughts he will
see the division between the thinker and thought, the observer and
the observed, the experiencer and the experience. He will discover
that this division is an illusion. Then only is there pure observation
which is insight without any shadow of the past or of time. This timeless
insight brings about a deep radical mutation in the mind.
Total negation is the essence of the positive. When there is negation
of all those things that thought has brought about psychologically,
only then is there love, which is compassion and intelligence. Krishnamurti
The Great Way is not difficult for those who have no preferences.
When love and hate are both absent everything becomes clear and undisguised.
Make the smallest distinction, however, and heaven and earth are set
infinitely apart. If you wish to see the truth then hold no opinion
for or against. The struggle of what one likes and what one dislikes
is the disease of the mind. (proverb)
The crowd neither wants nor seeks knowledge, and the leaders of the
crowd, in their own interests, try to strengthen its fear and dislike
of everything new and unknown. The slavery in which mankind lives
is based upon this fear.Gurjieff
Emptiness here, Emptiness there, but the infinite universe stands
always before our eyes. Infinitely large and infinitely small; no
difference, for definitions have vanished and no boundaries are seen.
So too with Being and non-Being. Don't waste time in doubts and arguments
that have nothing to do with this. One thing, all things: move among
and intermingle, without distinction. To live in this realization
is to be without anxiety about non-perfection. To live in this faith
is the road to non-duality, because the non-dual is one with the trusting
The Way is beyond language, for in it there is
This guy was climbing a tree when suddenly he slipped, then grabbed
at a branch and was hanging there. After an hour or so had passed
he felt himself getting exhausted and looked up to the heavens and
cried out: "God, help me, please, help me." All of a sudden the clouds
parted and a voice boomed out from on high. "Let Go!" said the voice.
The guy paused and looked up at heaven once more, then said: "Is there
anyone else up there?"
A man is not on the path of righteousness if he settles matters in
aviolent haste. A wise man calmly considers what is right and what
is wrong, and faces different opinions with truth, non-violence and
peace. This man is guarded by truth and is a guardian of truth. He
is righteous and he is wise.
Four monks were meditating in a monastery. All of a sudden the prayer
flag on the roof started flapping. The younger monk came out of his
meditation and said: "Flag is flapping" A more experienced monk said:
"Wind is flapping" A third monk who had been there for more than 20
years said: "Mind is flapping." The fourth monk who was the eldest
said, visibly annoyed: "Mouths are flapping!"