Gurdjieff’s Advice on Reading The Tales

From The Tales…

[Written impromptu by the author on delivering this book, already prepared for publication, to the printer.]

ACCORDING TO the numerous deductions and conclusions made by me during experimental elucidations concerning the productivity of the perception by contemporary people of new impressions from what is heard and read, and also according to the thought of one of the sayings of popular wisdom I have just remembered, handed down to our days from very ancient times, which declares:

“Any prayer may be heard by the Higher Powers and a corresponding answer obtained only if it is uttered thrice:

  • Firstly—for the welfare or the peace of the souls of one’s parents.
  • Secondly—for the welfare of one’s neighbor.
  • And only thirdly—for oneself personally.”

I find it necessary on the first page of this book, quite ready for publication, to give the following advice: “Read each of my written expositions thrice:

  • Firstly—at least as you have already become mechanized to read all your contemporary books and newspapers.
  • Secondly—as if you were reading aloud to another person.
  • And only thirdly—try and fathom the gist of my writings.”

Only then will you be able to count upon forming your own impartial judgment, proper to yourself alone, on my writings. And only then can my hope be actualized that according to your understanding you will obtain the specific benefit for yourself which I anticipate, and which I wish for you with all my being.

AUTHOR

The question is: Did you read this? No doubt you did, at least once. But did you read and ponder it?

And the question that this begs is:

Did you actually do what he advised?

Can you say with hand on heart that you did?

 

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