Monday, April 14, 2014

The source of all and everything

One of the things that Swedenborg made abundantly clear is that the angelic realms continue to work on the instruction of mankind, down to the present era.

Of course, this type of instruction appears to been more commonplace in biblical times; but it isn't forgotten, even today. The angelic realms exist in part in order to instruct the lower orders of Being; and periodically, messengers from these realms arrive, along with inwardly formed messages that need to be delivered to humanity.

While Swedenborg openly stated that his messages were from the angelic realms, Gurdjieff avoided it. Swedenborg was a scientist; he was chosen as a messenger because he had great expertise and precision in a literal report on the situation. Gurdjieff, on the other hand, was the son of a storyteller, and was therefore, logically enough, given the task of passing on an angelic message in an allegorical format.

This whole subject came up several days ago when someone brought up the question of just why Beelzebub's Tales to his Grandson is set on a spaceship. The book is a message directly from the angelic realms; hence the very unusual (for its time) cosmic setting. And Gurdjieff was in the end not so entirely subtle about the source of the material: he not only populated the book with diverse creative angels, he made a fallen angel the chief narrator and protagonist.

This was not for literary and allegorical purposes; it was because the source of the material was angelic, and he recorded it more or less exactly as it was originally sent to him. That was the task he was given; and he discharged it without fail. The reason he never made any claims about its source, or reported it as such, was because he was asked not to do so. It was considered more important, by the angelic realms, to have the material inserted into society as an allegorical force that would work on man's subconscious, than a more literal one like Swedenborg's. By the early 20th century, it became apparent to the angelic realms that Swedenborg's effort, heroic as it was, had somehow failed; and so an attempt was made to bring an inner work to the more subtle areas of man's subconscious psyche, or, to be more specific, his conscience.

Hence the book.

It is time, I think, to stop beating around the bushes and fully recognize Beelzebub's Tales as a message sent directly from the angelic realms. It's a divine revelation, meant to instruct mankind in his responsibilities towards God, and to turn him back towards the inward good which Swedenborg laid out in so much detail.  There are few works of this kind in human history; and despite the squabbling over various translations, the book will, I predict, prove to be extraordinarily durable; far more so than we are. Works of this kind takes centuries to achieve their full effects.

The reason that there is so much consonance between Swedenborg's work and the Gurdjieff teaching is because they came from an identical source; and material from the source must always be in agreement. It always works, moreover, for the good; and for those who haven't taken note of it yet, there is in fact a Gurdjieff movement named "I wish to be for the good." That single sentence summarizes Swedenborg's work in its entirety, if it is understood properly.

In any event, understanding Beelzebub's Tales as a sending from the angelic realms is more important than ever now, because we need to come back, in our lives and in our societies, to an understanding that these realms are not figments of anyone's imagination, or inaccessible pieces of territory, but higher levels that seek an active action within the Being of man. Every effort to come into relationship with a higher energy is an effort to open to the angelic realms so that we can receive instruction from them.

 There is really nothing new in the idea that the angelic realms communicate with mankind; or that major literary works and bodies of philosophy have resulted from this contact. Ibn Arabi made it abundantly clear that the source of his material was from them; Meister Eckhart's insights are clearly from this level as well.  Hieronymus Bosch gave us great visual works which are clearly inspired by the realms; and he saw and revealed both the lower and the higher ones. We can include Dogen in the list, although the angelic realm that informed him was quite different due to the society he lived in; and Dante, Swedenborg, and Gurdjieff all followed in those footsteps.

 It's possible to recognize work that comes from the angelic realms;  but only if the right material is inwardly formed in a person. This work is what qualifies as objective art; It shares a commonality of material, theme, and purpose; and in every case, an opening to any angelic influence – the divine inward flow, the inflow — awakens us to the nature of such material. Gurdjieff referred to such affinities as magnetic center. The term seems rather sterile when juxtaposed against the inner richness of the material that it attracts.

Hosannah.

6 comments:

  1. Amen. I am firmly convinced that irrespective of any actual wanderings upon the earth to study various spiritual disciplines and religions (he claims to have studied about 200 different religions in Views), the truth of his spiritual transmission to mankind I can only use the terminology of language to say that came FROM ON HIGH.

    But his revelations and mandate were so powerful that he needed to find students with whom he could explicate different aspects of his spiritual treasure, which spanned a reorientation of the entire structure of mankind. For this he needed "step down transformers".

    He used to Ouspensky's towering intellect and prodigious memory to explicate the theoretical underpinnings of his ideas.

    He used Thomas de Hartman to assist him in explicating his musical teachings;

    He utilized Andre do Saltzmann force set design, costuming and drawing, as well as Andre's wife Jeannie, who was already a well-known dancer in the Delacrose method, which were somewhat similar to his sacred movements.

    In Richard Orage he found a superlative editor with very advanced use of writing and of economics, to eventually help him with his translation of the first two series into English, but perhaps more importantly,Orage was an extremely magnetic speaker whom Mister Gurdjieff used as a herald of his coming especially in New York City, the first place of America.

    He drew to him geniuses like the women of the rope or Frank Lloyd Wright the architect or RenĂ© Daumal, the pure seeker and writer – among his students were many whose names have been lost to history but whose lives became oriented by their meeting Mister Gurdjieff towards a new kind of Man or Woman, nearly all of whom live their lives according to this orientation as if brought from the dead. Yes, miracles wrought through him testify to the truth contained within your blog.

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  2. And for those looking for a little light reading (450pages) there is 'The Sacred History: How Angels, Mystics and Higher Intellingence made our World' (Jonathan Black, 2013).
    Gurdjieff certainly utilized Andre de Salzmann's wife....He also undoubtedly made use of his hypnotism for perhaps not always the clearest of motives...

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  3. As Bennet put it:

    "Beelzebub’s Tales is an epoch-making work that represents the first new mythology in 4000 years."

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  4. i guess Bennett did move on...and on...I really liked his autobiography (Witness?) and his bk on g 'G: making a new world'...He was indeed a remarkable man...pretty much given the cold shoulder by the parisians...

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  5. All these students, pupils were disciples of Mister Gurdjieff who wrote books or formed groups on their own in various parts of the world, knowing the law of the seed they allowed themselves to be scattered around the world, and many found good soil.

    Mostly the most vibrant and salient books which came in the wake of Mister Gurdjieff's death were what would be called in electronics, "Step down Transformers". These are mechanisms which lower the amount of electricity that they let pass,or alter it in some fashion so that it can travel further.
    These men took the incredible breadth of Mister Gurdjieff's knowledge of a different order,a Gnosis concerning all and everything bequeathed to him by beings of the highest angelic realms, that of the superior archangels, Along with the Mandate to disseminate this new transmission of divine knowledge, understanding and means to acquire being among mankind. This he did faithfully, even if as a man, he had failings and gave way to some of the flaws of his own character/essence.

    After being in Mister Gurdjieff's Work for about nine years I was struck with the force of a revelation that I was no longer working for myself but for mankind itself, but not the mankind as it is. To use my own son as a reference, who is now 22 years old and seeing that little babies are the future of mankind I saw that I was working for mankind but for my grandchildren's grandchildren's grandchildren's grandchildren and the sequential time number which came to me unbidden was 600 years.
    When I tell people that I work for mankind as it will be in 600 years I am scoffed at by literalists would tell me I must work on myself, with others and for the work, and that's that. But did not Christ Lord Jesus say: "they have eyes but do not see; they had ears but do not hear".
    Christianity itself remained underground sprouting roots but did not break the surface of the "World" for 324 years, and then it's good was surrounded by the inside out and upside down world we live in, by Constantinople, who either in a dream or vision saw a symbol of Christianity and a voice which said "by this sign, conquer".

    Constantinople did not have Mister Gurdjieff's saying, that "every stick has two ends". By this sign conquer could have meant to conquer oneself or to conquer the outer world, and history tells us his choice, which in its esoteric innermost core is still virile to have carried its spiritual transmission over 2000 years now.

    What did Christ Lord Jesus really do? The God of the Jews was a War God, capricious, fickle, jealous and full of wrath which required propitiation through sacrifice of animals together with a flood of blood once a year.
    Then Christ Lord Jesus came and brought peace to the enemies of God. In one stroke, through one life and one death he changed the character of God like a shock to God's very innermost being, turning him, so that he became a God of mercy and love in place of wrath and revenge.

    What was Mister Gurdjieff's Aim? He only spoke of it towards the end and he called it his whim, which is a word that implies a light fancy, but he openly described his aim as changing our conception – our very conception of God, once again. God's very inner nature has been changed for the first time in millennium – remember the parable: "Jesus said: the kingdom of heaven is like unto a woman who put yeast in her loaf and in the oven the whole loaf rose"..

    The miraculous has happened again. Mister Gurdjieff has called to me and many others saying, "follow me", and I and following him, forsaking all else.

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