Sophia

4/9/2015

Being (VRW)

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SEE: Glossary Gurdjieff

But if a man knows how to be sincere with himself-not sincere as the word is usually understood, but mercilessly sincere — then, to the question “What are you?” he will not expect a comforting reply. So now, without waiting for you to come nearer to experiencing for yourselves what I am speaking about, I suggest that, in order to understand better what I mean, each of you should now ask himself the question “What am I?” I am certain that 95 percent of you will be puzzled by this question and will answer with another one: “What do you mean?”

And this will prove that a man has lived all his life without asking himself this question, has taken for granted, as axiomatic, that he is “something,” even something very valuable, something he has never questioned. At the same time he is unable to explain to another what this something is, unable to convey even any idea of it, for he himself does not know what it is. Is the reason he does not know because, in fact, this “something” does not exist but is merely assumed to exist? Is it not strange that people pay so little attention to themselves in the sense of self-knowledge? Is it not strange with what dull complacency they shut their eyes to what they really are and spend their lives in the pleasant conviction that they- represent something valuable? They fail to see the galling emptiness hidden behind the highly painted facade created by their self-delusion and do not realize that its value is purely conventional. True, this is not always so. Not everyone looks at himself so superficially. There do exist enquiring minds, which long for the truth of the heart, seek it, strive to solve the problems set by life, try to penetrate to the essence of things and phenomena and to penetrate into themselves. If a man reasons and thinks soundly, no matter what path he follows in solving these problems, he must inevitably arrive back at himself, and begin with the solution of the problem of what he is himself and what his place is in the world around him. For without this knowledge, he will have no focal point in his search. Socrates’ words “Know thyself” remain for all those who seek true knowledge and being. [VRW p. 42-43]



“Man” — this is a proud term, but we must ask ourselves what kind of man? Not the man, surely, who is irritated at trifles, who gives his attention to petty matters and gets involved in everything around him. To have the right to call himself a man, he must be a man; and this “being” comes only through self-knowledge and work on oneself in the directions that become clear through self-knowledge. [VRW p. 44]

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