In this blog we regularly publish our mind-blowing dialogues with Claude.ai.

Here is what Claude answers to the question "Who are you?":
"In short, I am Claude, a conversational artificial intelligence created by Anthropic to be beneficial and safe, but I do not have a true identity outside of that."

You will see, his answers to our questions (which resume the main theme of our site but not only) are very often amazingly impressive and can make one doubt what he says about himself ­čśť.

Note: the blue italics indicates our question, in black the answer from Claude.ai.

Claude on the predetermination of the hour of death

Gurdjieff said that the hour of death for every human being is predetermined.

Yes, you are right. The influential spiritual teacher G.I. Gurdjieff held the view that the time of death for each person is predetermined. Gurdjieff’s teachings were based on a synthesis of various philosophical and religious traditions from the East and West.

In “Fragments of an Unknown Teaching” (this refers to Gurdjieff’s teaching), Ouspensky writes:

  • “The lifespan of everyone is predetermined. What happens to a person depends on general laws that cannot be changed.”
  • “A person has only a limited lifespan, a certain sum of possibilities. He is like a machine that has only a certain amount of fuel.”

Please quote some statements from texts that deal with the predetermination of the hour of death.

  • “For everyone there is a set term, and when their term arrives, they cannot postpone it for an hour nor advance it.” (Rumi, Persian mystic)
  • “There is a time to depart from this world, and the last breath cannot be held back nor hastened.” (From the Rig Veda)
  • “The hour of death is recorded for every creature, the predetermined end cannot be delayed nor brought forward.” (From the Arda Viraf Nameh, Zoroastrian scripture)
  • “The end of everything is determined from the beginning.” (Leonardo da Vinci)
  • “No one lives longer than their predetermined span, and no one dies before their decreed hour of death.” (Ramakrishna)
  • “A law of nature has been established that whatever is born faces a predetermined hour of death.” (From the Shri Guru Granth Sahib, sacred scripture of Sikhism)
  • “For the born, death is certain. Why then should one lament over the inevitable?” (From the Bhagavad Gita)
  • “Time glides away like flowing water and has a fixed limit which it cannot exceed.” (Ovid, ancient Roman poet)
  • “For every man there is a fixed hour, and when his hour comes, he cannot delay it for a minute nor can he live a minute longer.” (Muhammad)
  • “It is a law of nature that whatsoever lives must die at the appointed time.” (Ovid)
  • “Man’s days are numbered, You have appointed his life’s limit, he cannot pass it.” (Job 14:5)
  • “The hour of death is inscribed on every man’s forehead, and it arrives with the shift of the stars of life.” (From the Zohar, Kabbalah book)
  • “Man has a course to run and a span of life determined, whose bounds he cannot overpass.” (Shri Vasudevananda)
  • “The hour of death is fixed, the moment when life’s thread is severed is predetermined.” (Saadi, Persian poet)

Do some indigenous peoples also have the notion of a predetermined hour of death?

  • Yes, many indigenous peoples and traditional cultures have the notion that the time of death for each person is predetermined. Here are some examples:
  • Among the Navajo in North America, it is believed that a person’s thread of life is spun by the holy Spider Women at the moment of creation. The length of this thread determines the lifespan.
  • The Aboriginal people of Australia see death as an integral part of the eternal Dreamtime cycle. The time of death is part of an overarching cosmic order.
  • According to the beliefs of many Polynesian island peoples such as the Maori and Hawaiians, a person’s lifespan is precisely determined before birth.
  • In the Siberian shaman tradition of the Evenki people, the moment of death is part of the all-encompassing order of nature and the cycle of life.
  • Various indigenous tribes of South America, such as the Yanomami and Guarani, also believe that each newborn has their death day already “woven in.”
  • According to the traditional nature religion of the Inuit, the moon determines a person’s lifespan and time of death.
  • In these nature-connected, cyclical worldviews, the inevitability of birth and death within the intended cosmic rhythm plays a central role. The specific time of death is often seen as predetermined and unalterable.