JANUARY 22 — GEORGE GURDJIEFF QUOTES
ONLY A LARGE ACCUMULATION OF THESE FINE MATTERS ENABLES A SECOND, A LIGHTER BODY, TO BE FORMED WITHIN MAN
“Everything living has an atmosphere round it. The difference lies only in its size. The larger the organism, the larger its atmosphere. In this respect every organism can be compared to a factory. A factory has an atmosphere round it composed of smoke, steam, waste materials and certain admixtures which evaporate in the process of production. The value of these component parts is quite different.
“In exactly the same way human atmosphere is composed of different elements. And as the atmosphere of different factories has a different smell, so has the atmosphere of different people. For a more sensitive nose, for instance, for a dog, it is impossible to confuse the atmosphere of one man with the atmosphere of another. I said that man is also a station for transforming substances. Part of the substances produced in the organism is used for the transformation of other matters, while another part goes into his atmosphere, that is, is lost. So here too, the same thing happens as in a factory.
“Thus the organism works nor only for itself but also for something else. Men of knowledge know how to retain these fine matters in themselves and accumulate them. Only a large accumulation of these fine matters enables a second, a lighter body, to be formed within man.
“Ordinarily, however, matters composing the atmosphere, are constantly used up and replaced by man's inner work...
“Three groups of phenomena: magnetism, hypnotism and telepathy are phenomena of the same order. The action of magnetism is direct; the action of hypnotism is at a short distance, through the atmosphere; telepathy is action at a distance.
The latter is analogous to a telephone or telegraph. There connections are cables, metal wires, but in telepathy it is the trail left by man. A man who has the gift of telepathy can fill this trail with his own matter and thus re-establish the connection, forming as it were a cable through which he can act on a man's mind.”
~ George Gurdjieff “Gurdjieff's Early Talks 1914-1931”
HE RADIATED TREMENDOUS POWER AND ‘BEING’ SUCH AS I HAD NEVER IN ALL MY TRAVELS MET IN ANY MAN
“Orage and Dr Stjoernval came in. At once I sensed that I was a mere youth in the presence of these adult men. Very soon I made another and more striking comparison; Gurdjieff arrived, very impressive in a black coat with an astrakhan collar and wearing an astrakhan cap. With a twinkle in his eyes he began to joke with the others. Then he walked round, and I found him standing beside me. I looked up, and was struck by the expression of his eyes, with the depths of understanding and compassion in them. He radiated tremendous power and ‘being’ such as I had never in all my travels met in any man, and I sensed that, compared with him, both Dr Stjoernval and Orage were as young men to an elder.”
~ CS Nott “The Teachings of Gurdjieff - A Pupil's Journey”
THUS ALLOWING THE LISTENER TIME TO HOLD A KIND OF SILENT DIALOGUE WITH HIMSELF
“When Gurdjieff talked he would, sometimes, when the meaning of the phrase was difficult and it was not easy to perceive it at first glance, pause to give us time to absorb and digest it, thus allowing the listener time to hold a kind of silent dialogue with himself, considering all the pros and cons, thus to verify his attitude to the master’s words. This helped to make perception of the meaning of what we heard much easier, for the difficulty lay not so much in its lack of clarity as in the fact that it was perfectly possible to interpret it in different ways, and also to approach it in different ways. It was always possible to ask Gurdjieff about the essential meaning, but it was much better for us to arrive at it (or try to) by our own means and efforts, even if it meant going round and round, hither and thither, before reaching the goal.”
~ Anna Butkowsky "With Gurdjieff in St. Petersburg and Paris"