Quotes from the site

Quotes from the site

The quotation accompanying each theme contains a complementary understanding of it.

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  • …There, there’s no separation and no return. There are guides who can show you the way. Use them…
    But they will not satisfy your longing. Keep wanting that connection with all your pulsing energy. The throbbing vein will take you further than any thinking.
    (Rumi)
  • I ask you to believe nothing that you cannot verify for yourself.
    If you have not a critical mind, your visit here is useless.

    (Gurdjieff)

  • A disciple came to a master and asked him:
    What happens when you live enlightenment?
    The master answered:
    When a normal person experiences enlightenment, he may become an insightful man.
    When an insightful man gets enlightened, he becomes a normal person.
    (Traditional Zen)
  • Awakening is possible only for those who seek it and want it, for those who are ready to struggle with themselves and work on themselves for a very long time and very persistently in order to attain it.
    (Gurdjieff)

Transcriptions

    THE BUTTERFLY
  • If, one day, you suffer to the very depths of yourself, beyond tears and despair, until you scream in horror, until you claw the mud of your life with your bare fingers, and even beyond that, until you don’t know if your own life is still possible, in this nightmare, on that day you will know that there is neither God nor human to get you out of this, and you may be drowned in this maelstrom of pain, crushed, flattened. You may survive, or maybe not. And it does not matter. Suffering is neither a sin nor purification. Much less a redemption. But larger is the heart that has been broken, and stronger is the love for having been wounded. And in the heart of the greatest suffering lies the greatest love.
    We are not what we have experienced, nor what we believe we possess. Our richness can only be woven from the threads of life in all its palette of colors. And when we are dressed all in white, it is because we have integrated all the colors of the rainbow.
    Throughout all our lives, we have discovered one at a time or all at once happiness and joy, sorrow and tears.

    The carefree butterfly who knows only laughter and flowers and the gloomy caterpillar who gets stuck in the mud and tears are just two aspects of the same being, one cannot exist without the other, and would not know how to survive without bringing once more the first into being.
    The day that you become the caterpillar, even if you no longer believe in the butterfly, just be aware and conscious that you are in a cocoon. The metamorphosis will take care of itself. All your efforts may or may not help. Alone, the time will come, here or elsewhere, to dry your tears.
    And remember that it takes a lot of colors to paint the wings of a butterfly…
    (Marie-Françoise Céré)

Body consciousness – 1

  • One must try to keep constantly the organic sensation of the body. Sense one’s body continually without interrupting one’s ordinary occupations.
    (Gurdjieff)

Body consciousness – 2

  • Blessed is the human incarnation, says the tradition, because it is the privileged place of the recognition of the unique. The body is a blessing, a unique opportunity. For centuries, beings recognized in this body the intelligence of the whole creation. What turns out important, is that the body, such as we live it today, is the expression of the body principle.
    It is always the same, whatever is its stage of evolution. In it is contained the possibility of this recognition for all, whatever its state is.

    There is in us, by the very fact that we are this body, the possibility for the whole to see itself in him. If this whole does not recognize itself in our body, there is no real recognition. It is good news because whatever is the state of our body, the very fact to be this body is the expression of the original impulse. In Kashmiri, India, we say: “Spanda, which aspires to its own recognition”. So you have to feel your own body as the first of blessings. Feel to what extent living this body deserves gratitude; in its own way, it is the very invaluable gift of the dharma.
    In your body is the infinite knowledge, it contains all the intelligence, all the possibility. The hidden master is in each of its cells.
    (Yvan Amar)

Divided attention

  • The attention returns to the present, the now. This presence in the now is always at hand but we are rarely aware of it.
    (Nisargadatta)

“I am” and self-remembering

  • Life is only now. Don’t speak to me about past or future – they exist only in your mental mind.
    (Nisargadatta)
  • Strictly speaking, “I am” is not an experience. Not even a state. It seems to be inevitable to turn to this vocabulary, but it doesn’t fit.
    “I am” is not a state of beingness which would recognize a fixed subject.
    “I am” is the advent of the subject; “I am” is pure subject: me.
    It would be so simple to call God if this word would not immediately evoke a divine object.
    (Stephen Jourdain)
  • “I am” is one and undividable. “I am”, indivisible unity, is the unity of two different principles melted in one. I refer to a fusion and not a confusion, each of both principles preserving its own personality: the principle “God” and the principle “creature”.
    (Stephen Jourdain)

Procrastination – 1

  • You can only know the false. The true, you have to be it.
    (Nisargadatta)

Procrastination – 2

  • The essence of Karma-Yoga is to meet with unpleasant things equally with pleasant things.
    That is, one does not seek always to avoid unpleasant things, as people ordinarily do.
    Life is to be met with non-identifying
    Life taken as itself is meaningless, but taken as an exercise it becomes a teacher. It is not life that is a teacher, but one’s relation through non-identifying makes it become a teacher.
    Nothing can change being so much as this practise – namely, to take the unpleasant things in life as an exercise.
    (Maurice Nicoll, Commentaries, Vol. 1)

Wait and see versus procrastination

  • When someone beats a rug, the blows are not against the rug, but against the dust in it.
    (Rumi)

Welcoming necessary suffering and crystalisation

  • To arrive where you are, to get from where you are not, you must go by a way wherein there is no ecstasy.
    In order to arrive at what you do not know, you must go by a way which is the way of ignorance.
    In order to possess what you do not possess, you must go by the way of dispossession.
    In order to arrive at what you are not, you must go through the way in which you are not.
    And what you do not know is the only thing you know.
    And what you own is what you do not own.
    And where you are is where you are not.
    (T.S. Eliot)

Necessary suffering and unnecessary suffering 

  • This practicing can to be done each time we encounter minor or major events that hinder us to proceed in the planned way, or that disturb our comfort. So all day long with some exceptions.
    Welcoming necessary suffering burns fears.
    Practicing this eventually makes it obvious that beyond our will/ego/identity there is knowingness of real life.
    The dynamics of real life can only be unveiled when there is a continuous absence of fear. One needs to become able to no more fear the shit that might happen, and instead welcome it on the same level as the goodies of life.
    Becoming existentially aware that in reality our life is similar to being in a roller coaster with built-in possible lethal exit any moment, is not for the faint-hearted. But looking objectively at it, what else could one say about one’s life in general?
    (WB)

Living teaching

  • Education makes a mask. When you see people, you believe in this mask. After a while the mask falls and you see that they are the same shit as yourself. No matter whom you see, he represents a mask. If you look at him longer, with impartiality and attention, you see that he is not always able to keep his mask; at the same moment, the shit will show through, it is the same which is in you. He is nothing, as you are nothing, even if he is a colonel, senator or millionaire.
    Only he is not a nothing who has understood his nothingness and has worked on himself to change it. That man is another quality of shit: with “roses”. It is still shit but it has not the same odor.
    (Gurdjieff)

External considering

  • He who works becomes an actor, a real actor in life. To be an actor is to play a role. Life is a theater where every man plays a role. Every day they change it. Today one role, tomorrow another role. He only is a good actor who is able to remember himself and consciously play his role, no matter what it may be.
    (Gurdjieff)
  • By considering externally a man does that which makes life easy for other people and for himself.
    (Gurdjieff)

External considering, continued

  • No better love than love with no object, no more satisfying work than work with no purpose.
    If you could give up tricks and cleverness, that would be the cleverest trick.
    (Rumi)

Detachment or indifference

  • The real question is not whether life exists after death. The real question is whether you are alive before death.
    (Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh – Osho)

About fear

  • Intelligence never grows by imitation.
    Intelligence grows by experimentation.
    Intelligence grows by taking challenges.
    (Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh – Osho)

Compassion and love

  • The greatest gift of awakening is not to open up a dimension of consciousness that is freedom, but to open up to the vast responsibility of love.
    (Yvan Amar)

Personal interest and desires

  • Intelligence never grows by imitation.
    Intelligence grows by experimentation.
    Intelligence grows by taking challenges.
    (Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh – Osho)

Daring to question oneself

  • This light is a torrent of uncertainty,
    it is a blade of the unknown,
    it is a sea of destruction.

    (Yvan Amar)

Transmission

  • A man can only attain knowledge with the help of those who possess it.
    This must be understood from the very beginning. One must learn from him who knows.
    (Gurdjieff)

The real and the false life

  • We can reach it
    only by crossing backwards
    past all our intentions,
    past all our motivations,
    including that which pulls you to reach for awakening.
    It is necessary to eradicate ourselves of all our intentions,
    all our desires, even the most noble.

    (Stephen Jourdain)

The impersonal

  • The eye by which I see God is the same as the eye by which God sees me.
    My eye and God’s eye are one and the same-one in seeing, one in knowing, and one in loving.
    (Maître Eckhart)

Sincerity

  • The teaching does not allow, it obligates. It obligates to what is, it is an obligation to oneself, it is an obligation to this absolute sincerity, to this absolute simplicity. It obligates to what we are now.
    (Yvan Amar, Les nourritures silencieuses)

Perfectionism versus doing things concienciously

  • Perfectionism is the enemy of creation, as extreme self-solicitude is the enemy of well-being.
    Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or better.
    (John Updike)

Hope

  • I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hope.
    For hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love.
    For love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith.
    But the faith and the love and the hope are all in the waiting.
    Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought:
    So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.
    (T. S. Eliot)

On humility

  • God doesn’t choose the one who deserves it, he chooses the one he wants to choose.
    (Yvan Amar)

Real and false detachment

  • When you demand nothing of the world,
    Nor of God, when you want nothing,
    Seek nothing, expect nothing,
    Then the Supreme State will come to you
    Uninvited and unexpected.
    (Nisargadatta Maharaj)

On the relation with the teacher

  • A man can only attain knowledge with the help of those who possess it.
    This must be understood from the very beginning.
    One must learn from him who knows.
    (Gurdjieff)

Symbiosis

  • There is only one desire at work
    in the bird that sings,
    and in the leaves that fall,
    and in the ears that hear,
    and in the mouth that speaks,
    only one desire.
    (Yvan Amar)

To step into the other one’s mocassins

  • A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space.
    He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.
    This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.
    Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
    (Albert Einstein)

Bad faith

  • Bad faith is always necessary for anyone who wants mediocrity to rise to the greatest power.
    (Nicolas Machiavel)

To take care

  • The most important decision we make is whether we believe we live in a friendly or hostile universe.
    (Albert Einstein)

Intervals – 1

  • The octave formed a circle and gave our noble earth its form.
    (Pythagoras)

Intervals – 2

  • Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person.
    (Albert Einstein)

Contingencies

  • The most expected thing you can expect is what’s unexpected.
    (Dick Allen, Zen Master Poems)
  • C’est la vie qui décide
    Non, il n’y a pas de sécurité. C’est cela, la beauté de la vie.
    (Eric Baret)

Reliability

  • A cane made of rope will offer no support.
    Chinese proverb

Habits and reassembly after waking up

  • Living in the constant demand for happiness comes down to being victimized by one’s own expectations.
    Allowing yourself to be transformed by any situation that life brings you is genuine growth.
    (Yvan Amar)

Permanence versus impermanence

  • The only unchanging universal law is that everything changes and everything is impermanent.
    (Bouddha)

Koan, definitions

  • To attain knowledge, add things every day. To attain wisdom, remove things every day.
    (Lao Tse)

Commitment

  • To be present, to face the facts, without creating an imaginary, is enough. Life is open to all, without restriction, no knowledge is required.
    Purity of heart is the only qualification.
    (Eric Baret)

When Commitment flickers

  • For thirty years I sought God. But when I looked carefully I found that in reality God was the seeker and I the sought.
    (Bistami)

Courage

  • The practice of this teaching which initially seems easy (“ah, this is exactly what I was looking for “) is the most difficult thing in the world. Everything is against the possibility to know oneself, outside as in inside, everything is going against our efforts to be aware of ourselves. The Sufis call it “Sirat”, a road or a way, a bridge from the old towards the new life, finer than a hair, sharper than a sword, lined with brambles and thorns; but by following this path and by crossing the bridge, a man receives invaluable blessings.
    (C.S. Nott, Further Teachings of Gurdjieff)

The essence of the Teaching

  • The Divine assails the soul in order to renew it and thus make it Divine; and, stripping it of the habitual affections and attachments destroys and consumes its spiritual substance and absorbs it in deep and profound darkness. As a result of this, the soul feels itself to be perishing and melting away, in the presence and sight of its miseries, in a cruel spiritual death.
    (Paul Brunton)

The lack

  • When you demand nothing of the world,
    nor of God, when you want nothing,
    seek nothing, expect nothing,
    then the Supreme State will come to you
    uninvited and unexpected.
    (Nisargadatta Maharaj)

Dark night of the soul

  • In the middle of winter I finally learned there was an invincible summer within me.
    (Albert Camus)

TEXTS

  • Where did I come from, and what am I supposed to be doing?
    I have no idea.
    My soul is from elsewhere, I’m sure of that,
    And I intend to end up there.
    (Rumi)
  • I am dead because I lack desire.
    I lack desire because I think I possess.
    I think I possess because I do not try to give.
    In trying to give, you see that you have nothing.
    Seeing that you have nothing, you try to give of yourself.
    Trying to give of yourself, you see that you are nothing.
    Seeing that you are nothing, you desire to become.
    In desiring to become, you begin to live.
    (René Daumal)

Listening from the heart

  • I will make patience a ladder to climb to heaven above, because patience opens doors.
    And if in his presence, boiling in my heart a word beyond sadness and happiness, I shall know that it was he who sent it to me from the depths of his illuminated soul.
    In my heart, this word comes from the purest pole because there is a skylight that runs from heart to heart.
    (Rumi)
  • To speak, a necessity: listen first, and learn to speak by the listening.
    (Rumi)
  • I hold you in my heart.
    I rock and sing you to sleep.
    You are everywhere in everyone the holy baby in all of us that plays there.
    The beautiful one, born when we love, the glowing child.
    You are the meaning that blooms in the heart.
    (Enseignement soufi)

Behind the scenes

  • L’ultime est un et indivisible, un bloc unique et solide de réalité. La seule façon de le connaître c’est de l’être. Le mental ne peut pas l’atteindre. Les sens ne sont pas nécessaires pour le percevoir et vous n’avez pas besoin du mental pour le connaître.
    (Nisargadatta)
  • I am consciously aware of the unreality of the effects created by my mind’s self-created constructions.
    (Stephen Jourdain)
  • I (God) am easily attained by the one who always remembers me and is attached to nothing else.
    (Bhagavat Gita)

Without screens

  • Not only you will acquire nothing, but you’re going to lose all that you were able to acquire at the price of so many efforts during all these years. You are prevented!
    (Nisargadatta)
  • What can happen without transformation?
    What is more valuable and familiar to the nature of the universe?
    Can you take a hot bath, if the wood has not undergone transformation?
    Can you feed yourself, if the food has not undergone transformation?
    And what useful things can be achieved without transformation?
    Don’t you see that your own transformation is a process similarly useful to the nature of the universe?
    (Marc-Aurèle)

Neo-Advaita demystified

  • Before you embark on any path ask the question: Does this path have a heart? If the answer is no, you will know it, and then you must choose another path. The trouble is nobody asks the question; and when a man finally realizes that he has taken a path without a heart, the path is ready to kill him. At that point very few men can stop to deliberate, and leave the path.
    (Carlos Castaneda)
  • No one has ever longed so much for anything as God longs to bring man to Him.
    God is so close to us, but we are distant and turned away from Him. God is within, we are without.
    God is at home with us, but we are strangers to ourselves.

    (Meister Eckhart)

TESTIMONIALS

  • Laughter relieves us of superfluous energy, which, if it remained unused, might become negative, that is, poison. Laughter is the antidote.
    (Gurdjieff)
  • Try not to resist the changes that come your way.
    Instead let life live through you.
    And do not worry that your life is turning upside down.
    How do you know that the side you are used to is better than the one to come?
    (Rumi)
  • When you catch yourself slipping into a pool of negativity, notice how it derives from nothing other than resistance to the current situation.
    (Donna Quesada)/
  • We must always be in a state of preparation.
    Preparation is the art of staying awake.
    If you are awake, then one day you may see into the real world.
    You cannot expect to come into that world if you walk around like a sleepwalker in a dream.
    You cannot wake up by reading books that tell you you are asleep.
    You won’t wake up just because a teacher tells you that you are asleep.
    You can only wake up if you want to, and so begin to work on yourself to cut away all the rubbish in order to come upon the nature of who and what you are.
    (Gurdjieff)

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  • How many times will I still have to die?
    To die to all that I don’t know?
    To die to all the dreams
    That link time from past to future?
    Life becomes so unbearable without You,
    Without Your Presence, without The Presence.
    One awakens against You – the very fusion.
    You are present – before, during and after.
    I have moments of forgetfulness,
    But You will never Leave me.
    Actually, You have never left me.
    OM OM OM
    It’s time to leave you
    While remaining in Your Heart.
    Forever.

GLOSSARY

  • Consciousness is this immaterial light that reveals to itself our internal being, this miraculous transparency of our presence.
    It is the mystery of all mysteries! Consciousness is forever foundationless. No human intelligence will ever be able to give a definition of it.
    But Thank God, it can be characterized. So we can, without presumptuousness, come up with this: consciousness is nothing else than it’s getting in touch with itself. We can consider it as the appearance of a connection inside itself that unites it to itself.
    (Stephen Jourdain)
  • If you have one wish, wish for everything to be exactly as it is. Then wait patiently for your wish to come true.
    (Stephen Russell)

FAQ

  • All things in the universe are one.
    And the truth of unity is hidden behind a heavy locked door.
    I have no key.
    To see beyond, I must break the door.
    I am the door.
    (Nadar Khalili)

  • A borrowed truth is the greatest lie in the world. Truth can only be true when it is based on your own experience, utterly your own experience.
    (Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh – Osho)

LINKS

  • Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.
    (Rumi)
  • When love and hate are both absent, everything becomes clear and undisguised. Make the slightest distinction, however, and heaven and earth are set infinitely apart. If you wish to see the truth, then hold no opinions for or against anything. To set up what you like against what you dislike is the disease of the mind.
    (Hsin Hsin Ming)

Stephen Wolinsky ‘s video

  • A master is not to be followed, a master is not to be imitated, a master is only to be understood. In that very understanding is the revolution.
    (Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh – Osho)
  • I don’t want anybody to remember me, even when I am gone. Now it will be easier for you to find out because you have tasted a mystic, you know the taste, you know the vibe. You will be easily pulled towards the direction where you will find another awakened being. Only bodies differ, the experience of awakening is the same. If you have really loved me, I would like you to find someone of the same quality, so that your love goes on growing and your being goes on maturing.
    (Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh – Osho)

CONTACTS

  • When love and hate are both absent, everything becomes clear and undisguised. Make the slightest distinction, however, and heaven and earth are set infinitely apart. If you wish to see the truth, then hold no opinions for or against anything. To set up what you like against what you dislike is the disease of the mind.
    (Gurdjieff)