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Why meditations? They are surely not practical exercises and could even seem to be a theoretical lucubration… and maybe it is. The reason for the word “meditation” is personal and subjective, and it belongs to my childhood when I lived with my grandmother, a follower of Gurdjieff’s ideas and belonging to one of the groups managed by Gurdjieff’s pupils.
Once, one of the members of this group mentioned Gurdjieff’s aphorisms inscribed above the walls of the Study House at the Prieuré. Of course, these aphorisms didn’t mean anything for me, but for some members of these groups, they had a specific meaning beyond the mere words and visible meaning. Now, I could say that they meant them as aphorisms with “multiple meanings”.
Through the following years, when I had begun with an active inner research, these same aphorisms appeared again and again, and every time they had deeper meanings, always related to something “different”, but not contrary to the meaning I had previously grasped. The meanings were just deeper and “multidimensional” (I am sorry for this misty and hasty word, but I can’t find a better one). They had relations with other teachings, with similar concepts which I had read before in alchemical, Buddhist or Zoroastrian texts, with words which I had grasped in the first person from people who were considered (and some of them had shown me) to be “wise” or “awakened”. I heard about related concepts in Sufic, such as in Buddhist or Hindu groups, monasteries or schools.
This is the first result of the insights I had gained, and they are still subjective, but this doesn’t mean totally false. It is a pondering which is still in expansion and development.
I hope you’ll enjoy the reading and, perhaps, a devoted seeker will show me the way toward further perspectives.

Gurdjieff’s Meditations- Aphorism #3: Like what “it” does not like.

If someone would accept this aphorism as a suggestion to accomplish always what we don’t like or what doesn’t give any pleasure, with the consequence of fighting always every instinctually pleasant tendency that manifests in us, then it would be … Continue reading

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Gurdjieff’s Meditations- Aphorism #2: Remember you come here having already understood the necessity of struggling with yourself—only with yourself. Therefore, thank everyone who gives you the opportunity.

It is interesting that the second part of this aphorism is similar to the Jesus precept quoted from Matthew: “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies … Continue reading

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Gurdjieff’s Meditations- Aphorism #1: “Take the understanding of the East and the knowledge of the West—and then seek”

This aphorism doesn’t state only the need to mix the ancient Eastern wisdom with the technical- scientific mentality acquired by modern Western men and women. I don’t state, here, that it’s not possible to “translate” the ancient wisdom belonging to … Continue reading

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