”The expression which has reached us from ancient times, ”the…

“The expression which has reached us from ancient times, “the first liberation of man,” refers to just this possibility of crossing from the stream which is predestined to disappear into the nether regions into the stream which empties itself into the vast spaces of the boundless ocean.
To cross into the other stream is not so easy- merely to wish and you cross. For this, it is first of all necessary consciously to crystallize in yourselves data for engendering in your common presences a constant and unquenchable impulse of desire for such a crossing, and then, afterwards, a long corresponding preparation.”

G. I. Gurdjieff
Beelzebub’s Tales

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“In consequence, the functioning of the mentioned data for engendering in their presences this said Divine impulse conscience, gradually ceased long ago to participate in that consciousness if theirs by means of which their waking-existence flows.”

G. I. Gurdjieff
Beelzebub’s Tales

”If one makes an analogy between this as they themselves…

“If one makes an analogy between this as they themselves call it ‘conscious reason’ of theirs which is completely fixed in contemporary beings, and that Reason of three-brained beings in general who breed on other planets of our Great Megalocosmos, then the former which they have in them might be called the ‘Reason-of-knowing’ and the latter the ‘Reason-of-understanding.'”

G. I. Gurdjieff
Beelzebub’s Tales

”And he must know all this in order to strive…

“And he must know all this in order to strive to exist in that direction which corresponds just to the aim and sense of existence, which striving is the objective lot of every three-brained being, in whom, whatever the causes might be, the germ arises for the coating of a ‘higher-being-body.”

G. I. Gurdjieff
Beelzebub’s Tales

”The most characteristic educational procedure of my first teacher was…

“The most characteristic educational procedure of my first teacher was that, as soon as he noticed that I was becoming familiar with any particular craft and was beginning to like it, he immediately made me give it up and pass on to another.
As I understood much later, his aim was not that I should learn all sorts of crafts but should develop in myself the ability to surmount the difficulties presented by any kind of new work.”

G. I. Gurdjieff
Meetings p. 251

”Hence it is that there just proceeds in them that…

“Hence it is that there just proceeds in them that particularity of their common presence which is that with one part of their essence they always intend to wish one thing; at the same time with another part they definitely wish something else; and thanks to the third part, they already do something quite the contrary.”

G. I. Gurdjieff
Beelzebub’s Tales