Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Book of Life related quotes, III

The unknown is the unknown so despite you're best laid plans you're gonna get a kick in the pants. That's if your magic really works for you. Whether its the lottery, leukemia or love surf the eternal present with an inward and outward eye to the self, its components and connections. Then we have immortality already.
- Etemenanki, the Book of Life 2006 CE participant
One of the best means for arousing the wish to work on yourself is to realize that you may die at any moment. But first you must learn how to keep it in mind.
Hope, when bold, is strenght. Hope, with doubt, is cowardice. Hope, with fear, is weakness.
- G.I. Gurdjieff
Wer sie nicht kennte / die Elemente / ihre Kraft / und Eigenschaft / wäre kein meister / über die Geister / He who does not know / the elements / their power / and qualities / can not master / over spirit /.
- Goethe
You seem not to know that if you meet Socrates in discussion, you are bound to find that even if you begin by discussing something else, before you are done you will be led around in argument by Socrates, until you are trapped into giving an account of yourself - of how you are living your present life and how you lived your life in the past. And once you are trapped, Socrates will not let you go until he has tried and tested you thoroughly on each point.
- Nicias, Athenian general warning his friends about Socrates.
If a man could understand all the horror of the lives of ordinary people who are turning round in a circle of insignificant interests and insignificant aims, if he could understand what they are losing, he would understand that there can only be one thing that is serious for him - to escape from the general law, to be free. What can be serious for a man in prison who is condemned to death? Only one thing: How to save himself, how to escape: nothing else is serious.
- G.I. Gurdjieff

2 Comments:

Blogger Afagddu said...

"One of the best means for arousing the wish to work on yourself is to realize that you may die at any moment. But first you must learn how to keep it in mind."

This realisation should be the driving factor behind everything an Initiate does. Death is a powerful tool for transformation.
The 2006 Book of Life, as a microcosm of Life and Future has served as a powerful reminder of these things.

12:04 am  
Blogger xcvxcv said...

Realization of mortality can be a shock in the initiatory sense, but atleast for me death isn't on my mind almost at all it's in the back of my spine. At best, for me this means no wasting time on unnecessary, foolish or things that really aren't fun.

7:41 pm  

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