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Long post about Reincarnation, The Astral Body and "Crystallization"

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    Source - from Ouspensky Book In Search of Miraculous Note - Below shared article is taken from Ouspensky book where he is narrating Gurdjieff views in his
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 19, 2011
      Source - from Ouspensky Book "In Search of Miraculous"
      Note - Below shared article is taken from Ouspensky book
      where he is narrating Gurdjieff views in his own words.

      Ouspensky - On one occasion, at one of these meetings,
      omeone asked about the possibility of reincarnation,
      and whether it was possible to believe in cases of
      communication with the dead.

      "Many things are possible," said G. "But it is necessary
      to understand that man's being, both in life and after
      death, if it does exist after death, may be very
      different in quality. The 'man-machine' with whom
      everything depends upon external influences, with
      whom everything happens, who is now one, the next moment
      another, and the next moment a third, has no future
      of any kind; he is buried and that is all. Dust returns
      to dust. This applies to him.

      In order to be able to speak of any kind of future life
      there must be a certain crystallization, a certain fusion
      of man's inner qualities, a certain independence of
      external influences. If there is anything in a man
      able to resist external influences, then this very
      thing itself may also be able to resist the death of
      the physical body. But think for yourselves what there
      is to withstand physical death in a man who faints or
      forgets everything when he cuts his finger? If there
      is anything in a man, it may survive; if there is nothing,
      then there is nothing to survive.

      But even if something survives, its future can be
      very varied. In certain cases of fuller crystallization
      what people call 'reincarnation' may be possible after
      death, and, in other cases, what people call 'existence
      on the other side.' In both cases it is the continuation
      of life in the 'astral body,' or with the help of the
      'astral body.' You know what the expression 'astral body'
      means. But the systems with which you are acquainted and
      which use this expression state that all men have an
      'astral body.' This is quite wrong.

      What may be called the 'astral body' is obtained by
      means of fusion, that is, by means of terribly hard
      inner work and struggle. Man is not born with it. And
      only very few men acquire an 'astral body.' If it is
      formed it may continue to live after the death of the
      physical body, and it may be born again in another
      physical body. This is 'reincarnation.' If it is not
      re-born, then, in the course of time, it also dies;
      it is not immortal but it can live long after the death
      of the physical body.

      "Fusion, inner unity, is obtained by means of 'friction,'
      by the struggle between 'yes' and 'no' in man. If a man
      lives without inner struggle, if everything happens
      in him without opposition, if he goes wherever he is
      drawn or wherever the wind blows, he will remain such
      as he is. But if a struggle begins in him, and particularly
      if there is a definite line in this struggle, then,
      gradually, permanent traits begin to form themselves,
      he begins to 'crystallize.' But crystallization is
      possible on a right foundation and it is possible
      on a wrong foundation. 'Friction,' the struggle between
      'yes' and 'no,' can easily take place on a wrong
      foundation. For instance, a fanatical belief in some
      or other idea, or the 'fear of sin,' can evoke a terribly
      intense struggle between 'yes' and 'no,' and a man may
      crystallize on these foundations. But this would be
      a wrong, incomplete crystallization. Such a man will
      not possess the possibility of further development.
      In order to make further development possible he must
      be melted down again, and this can be accomplished only
      through terrible suffering.

      "Crystallization is possible on any foundation. Take
      for example a brigand, a really good, genuine brigand.
      I knew such brigands in the Caucasus. He will stand
      with a rifle behind a stone by the roadside for eight
      hours without stirring. Could you do this? All the
      time, mind you, a struggle is going on in him. He is
      thirsty and hot, and flies are biting him; but he
      stands still. Another is a monk; he is afraid of the
      devil; all night long he beats his head on the floor
      and prays. Thus crystallization is achieved. In such
      ways people can generate in themselves an enormous
      inner strength; they can endure torture; they can get
      what they want. This means that there is now in them
      something solid, something permanent. Such people can
      become immortal. But what is the good of it? A man of
      this kind becomes an 'immortal thing,' although a
      certain amount of consciousness is sometimes preserved
      in him. But even this, it must be remembered, occurs
      very rarely."
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