Da Vinci is "code" for --> subjective "essence-opinion"
- " . . . . that 'vice,' long since
fixed in the abnormal process of
the ordinary existence of
terrestrial three-brained beings
of recent centuries, which is
called 'SUGGESTIBILITY' . . . . "
--chapter 37, France
"Now, my boy, I wish to inform you about
the specific aspects of the psyche of those
three-brained beings of France in such a way
that you may at the same time realize to what
extent a deterioration has taken place among
your favorites in the normal capacity for
crystallizing all the being-data for ruminating
impartially and personally, and how a subjective
'essence-opinion' is formed in them about every
reality, at times entirely opposite to what it
would be if they perceived that same reality
directly through their own impressions."
--chapter 37, France
THE PERIODIC DA VINCI CODE:
The novel involves a conspiracy by the Catholic
Church to cover up the "true" story of Jesus.
In the story, the Vatican knows it exists
according to, supposedly, a lie, which is true
in many respects and is why the Church is
steadily losing force but not for the reasons
shown in the Da Vince Code story. The Church
continues to exist apparently "knowingly"
to keep itself in power which would suggest
conscious evil. The novel has in it questions
concerning the Holy Grail legend and the role
of Mary Magdalene in the history of Christianity.
The story by Dan Brown is fiction and, as a
writer, Brown applied literary license to twist
certain known facts to fit the fiction.
Consistent with the fourth way idea that
the laws are everywhere the same, Gurdjieff
put this issue of the Da Vince Code to rest
long before this idiocy began in chapter 38
of Beelzebub's Tales, very simply by categorizing
it as that hasnamussian phenomenon mentioned
THE PERIODIC EKBARZERBAZIA
"But inasmuch as that period of time
coincided with the intensified
functioning of a certain aspect
of the strange Reason of your
favorites, namely, the periodic
'EKBARZERBAZIA,' or THE INHERENT
NEED TO LEAD THEIR FELLOW BEINGS
INTO ERROR, and also because many
of them were then striving to be
called 'learned'learned, of course,
of 'new format' they inserted all
sorts of 'absurdities' in most of
the notes and descriptions set down
by the witnesses of this sacred
process for transmission to future
generations. For example, in addition
to the incontestable information that
Jesus Christ had been crucified on a
cross, and that after the crucifixion
he was buried, they demonstrated Just
as convincingly that after his
crucifixion and burial Jesus Christ
was resurrected and continued to exist
among them and to teach this and that
and only afterward did he raise himself
with his planetary body to Heaven."
--chapter 38, religion
"Someone asked him on one occasion during
a talk whether there was anything real and
leading to some end in the teachings and
rites of existing religions. 'Yes and no,'
said G. 'Imagine that we are sitting here
talking of religions and that the maid Masha
hears our conversation. She, of course,
understands it in her own way and she
repeats what she has understood to the porter
Ivan. The porter Ivan again understands it in
his own way and he repeats what he has
understood to the coachman Peter next door.
The coachman Peter goes to the country and
recounts in the village what the gentry talk
about in town. Do you think that what he
recounts will at all resemble what we said?
This is precisely the relation between
existing religions and that which was their
basis. You get teachings, traditions, prayers,
rites, not at fifth but at twenty-fifth hand,
and, of course, almost everything has been
distorted beyond recognition and everything
essential forgotten long ago.
THE LAST SUPPER
'For instance, in all the denominations of
Christianity a great part is played by the
tradition of the Last Supper of Christ and
his disciples. Liturgies and a whole series
of dogmas, rites, and sacraments are based
upon it. THIS HAS BEEN A GROUND FOR SCHISM,
FOR THE SEPARATION OF CHURCHES, FOR THE
FORMATION OF SECTS; HOW MANY PEOPLE WOULD
NOT ACCEPT THIS OR THAT INTERPRETATION OF
IT. But, as a matter of fact, nobody
understands what this was precisely, or what
was done by Christ and his disciples that
evening. There exists no explanation that
even approximately resembles the truth,
because what is written in the Gospels has
been, in the first place, much distorted in
being copied and translated; and secondly,
IT WAS WRITTEN FOR THOSE WHO KNOW. To those
who do not know it can explain nothing, but
the more they try to understand it, THE
DEEPER THEY ARE LED INTO ERROR.
'To understand what took place at the
Last Supper it is first of all necessary
to know certain laws.
'You remember what I said about the
"ASTRAL BODY"? Let us go over it briefly.
People who have an "ASTRAL BODY" can
communicate with one another at a distance
without having recourse to ordinary physical
means. But for such communication to be
possible they must establish some 'connection'
between them. For this purpose when going to
different places or different countries people
sometimes take with them something belonging to
another, especially things that have been in
contact with his body and are permeated with his
emanations, and so on. In the same way, in order
to maintain a connection with a dead person, his
friends used to keep objects which had belonged
to him. These things leave, as it were, a trace
behind them, something like invisible wires or
threads which remain stretched out through
space. These threads connect a given object
with the person, living or in certain cases
dead, to whom the object belonged. Men have
known this from the remotest antiquity and
have made various uses of this knowledge.
'Traces of it may be found among the customs
of many peoples. You know, for instance,
that several nations have the custom of
BLOOD-BROTHERHOOD. Two men, or several men,
mix their blood together in the same cup and
then drink from this cup. After that they are
regarded as brothers by blood. But the origin
of this custom lies deeper. In its origin it
was a magical ceremony for establishing
a connection between "ASTRAL BODIES." Blood
has special qualities. And certain peoples,
for instance the Jews, ascribed a special
significance of magical properties to blood.
Now, you see, if a connection between "ASTRAL
BODIES" had been established, then again
according to the beliefs of certain nations
it is not broken by death.
CHRIST KNEW THAT HE MUST DIE
'Christ knew that he must die. It had
been decided thus beforehand. He knew it
and his disciples knew it. And each one
knew what part he had to play. But at the
same time they wanted to establish a permanent
link with Christ. And for this purpose he gave
them his blood to drink and his flesh to eat.
It was not bread and wine at all, but REAL
FLESH AND REAL BLOOD.
'The Last Supper was a MAGICAL CEREMONY
similar to "BLOOD-BROTHERHOOD" for establishing
a connection between "ASTRAL BODIES." But who
is there who knows about this in existing
religions and who understands what it means?
All this has been long forgotten and everything
has been given quite a different meaning.
The words have remained but their meaning
has long been lost."
This lecture and particularly its ending
provoked a great deal of talk in our groups.
Many were repelled by what G. said about
Christ and the Last Supper; others, on the
contrary, felt in this a truth which they
never could have reached by themselves."
--chapter 5, ISO
It is necessary to understand the idea
brought forward by Gurdjieff how it is
that people misunderstand everything based
on the superficial assimilation of impressions
read or heard.
Those of us Royal Swans in this fourth way
have no choice in the matter over those who
are incapable of choosing for themselves what
is true and what isn't and so the only
intelligent course of action, as Christ taught,
is to let the dead bury their dead.
As Gurdjieff so pointedly himself said
somewhere in the available material, life
of itself and the people caught up in it
is more entertaining than going to the
movies. The only thing we get from movies,
for the most part, is more of the same
confusing tales told by idiots which we
can get from observing others while sitting
in a coffee shop without having to pay a
cover charge. The same applies from sitting
in our internet coffee shops online but we
must be merciful and remember that all of
life is our teacher and one of our tasks is
to "milk it" for everything we can get for
the sake of conscious evolution. . . it is
in this way that we leave the world a
better place or an internet list a better
place than the way we found it and this will
not come about by way of our false altruistic
attempts to "help" others by way of socialistic
schemes, movie propaganda, and false prayers
which do not work as history has repeatedly
Gurdjieff demonstrated in the FIRST TALK of
the Third Series that it was due to a certain
abnormality in us Americans and Europeans, I
say Americans AND Europeans because it is true
that Americans originally came from Europe and
so it follows that Americans "inherited" the
same abnormality that exists in Europeans,
that it was due to this abnormality having to
do with suggestiblity that everything tends
toward the mechanical, toward the unreal.