What can be done?
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We are put in this very interesting philosophical, psychological and spiritual mode of question. Here is endlessness asking Beelzebub a question. This is not an exam; this is not whether he graduates from high school or not. It’s not that he gets a pat on the head. endlessness does not know! That’s so plain on the surface of what Gurdjieff is trying to get across.


Significance of Life on Earth
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One of the first things that Gurdjieff demolishes as the causes of war are singular individuals. Gurdjieff says wars are not caused by Hitler or Idi Amin or Stalin. This is nonsense; they are figureheads. They are simply put forward by all of the propaganda itself. It pops up these false images. The causes of war lie in us.


It was very quiet.
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There was a theater that had a magic show that went on for years. The leader died just within the past year but he was very much involved in Work, and he worked through a magic show. He had two theaters, and they put on these marvelous, marvelous programs. The public responded to this; they just loved these shows! They were very popular. Everybody in the company was a member of the group.


It must be too easy, if they got it too quick
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When he died, the major question was: Now what do we do? First of all, to promote interest, the Tales was published within a year, but there was also all the beginning work that had been done with the French groups through the war, which is an untold story of just tremendous proportions. Can you imagine living throughout the entire Nazi occupation, living in Paris and carrying out his work, how clever he had to be.


Beelzebub has Conscience
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endlessness hears about this, he looks at the whole situation and he says, “Beelzebub, you are banished.” Most people look at that and their first reading is that’s a punishment. It’s not; it’s not at all a punishment! It is the only thing that Beelzebub lacks; he lacks reason–higher reason. How is he going to get that? He has to go all the way to the bottom. He has to be sent down where all this shit happens and see how it must work out the way in which the laws have said they must work out


Faith, Hope and Love
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Faith, Hope and Love, Gurdjieff considered them the three sacred impulses. He would see direct parallels into the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. You can see, I believe, very direct parallels into the three brains. Faith is of the first brain. You must have faith–strength. Strength comes from that.


After Gurdjieff died, then the question is how do we go from here?
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Any kind of organization is going to say, “Ok; who can come? Who can come in the door?” Not everybody can come in the door. Well, what kind of qualifications do you set? And, this is an endless difficulty.


We want to be real
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This brings us to one of Gurdjieff’s concepts about Work, where he says, essentially, there are three lines of Work. There is Work on oneself; then there is Work with others, and then there is Work for the Work.


Becoming conscious or not
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Consciousness certainly produces suffering, but the suffering is not on the part of the consciousness. It’s a real cycle. And made worse over time because, as we were talking about earlier, in the world of advertising, it moves down and down and down, younger and younger and younger, probing for vulnerabilities in order to gain advantage to sell your product and so forth and so on. This is a big deal. We were vastly better off when Mom said, “Go outside and play.”


Nobody takes the journey
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The most important thing that Gurdjieff says over and over and over is, “you must verify this for yourself. If you don’t verify this in your own experience, it’s not worthwhile.


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