Favorite uotes Yelov had a very original view about mental work He once saidIt s all the same our thoughts work day and night instead of allowing them to think about caps of invisibility or the riches of Aladdin rather let them be occupied with something useful In giving direction to thought of course a certain amount of energy is spent but no is needed for this purpose in a while day than for the digestion of one meal I therefore decided to study languages not only to prevent my thoughts from idling but also not to allow them to hinder my other functions with their idiotic dreams and childish phantasies Besides the nowledge of languages can in itself sometimes be useful page 117 Tags interestingThey sat down at the foot of the pyramid and I sat down not far away so that I could distinctly hear all they were saying and began to eat my chourekThe gentleman who had met us and who turned out to be a prince asked the professor among other thingsAre you really still disturbing the remains of people who died long ago and collecting the utterly worthless rubbish supposedly once used in their stupid livesWhat would you answered the professor This is at least something real and tangible and not as ephemeral as that to which you have devoted your life a life which you as a man of health and wealth could have used to the full You are looking for truth invented once upon a time by some crazy idler but if what I do contributes nothing to the satisfaction of curiosity at least if one wishes it contributes to the pocket page 120 Tags funnySoloviev continued to drink and having suandered what was left of his money got some job with the railway where he had been working for three months before I met him drinking incessantly all the whileSoloviev s frank story touched me deeply At that time I already new a great deal about hypnotism and after bringing a man into a certain state could influence him by suggestion to forget any undesirable habit I therefore proposed to Soloviev that I should help him if he really wished to get rid of this pernicious habit of drinking vodka and explained to him how I would do it He agreed and the next day and each day thereafter I brought him into the hypnotic state and made the necessary suggestions He gradually came to feel such an aversion to vodka that he could not even bear to look at this poison as he called it page 147 Tags interesting being highly honourable and honest my father could never consciously build his own welfare on the misfortune of his neighbour But most of those round him being typical contemporary people took advantage of his honesty and deliberately tried to cheat him thus unconsciously belittling the significance of that trait in his psyche which conditions the whole of Our Common Father s commandments for man page 48 TagsBy this time Pogossian and I had come to the definite conclusion that there really was a certain something which people formerly new but that now this The Lady in Pink knowledge was uite forgotten page 87 Tags interestingIn former times the word shepherd did not have the same meaning as it has now Formerly a shepherd himself was the owner of the flocks he grazed and shepherds were considered among the richest people of the country some of them even possessing several flocks and herds page 88 Tags interestingWhat struck us most was the word Sarmoung which we had come across several times in the book called Merkhavat This word is the name of a famous esoteric school which according to tradition was founded in Babylon as far back as 2500 BC and which wasnown to have existed somewhere in Mesopotamia up to the sixth or seventh century AD but about its further existence one could not obtain anywhere the least informationThe school was said to have possessed great Eyes knowledge containing theey to many secret mysteriesMany times had Pogossian and I talked of this school and dreamed of finding out something authentic about it *And Now Suddenly We Found It Mentioned In This Parchment *now suddenly we found it mentioned in this parchment were greatly excited page 90 Tags interestingThe priest went to a chest and took out a roll of parchment When he unrolled it I could not at first make out what
it was but when I looked at it closely My God What I experienced at was but when I looked at it closely My God What I experienced at moment I shall never forget itI was seized with violent trembling which was all the violent because I was inwardly trying to restrain myself and not show my excitement What I saw was it not precisely what I had spent long months of sleepless nights thinking aboutIt was a map of what is called pre sand Egypt page 99 Tags interestingAs for the Armenians on the other hand they are called salted because they have a custom of salting a child at its birthI must add by the way that in my opinion this custom is not without its use My special observations have shown me that the new born children of other races suffer from a skin rash in the places where one usually applies some ind of powder to prevent inflammation but with rare exceptions Armenian children born in the same regions do not suffer from this rash although they have all the other children s diseases This fact I ascribe to the custom of salting pages 114 115 Tags interestingBesides being a phenomenon in the nowledge of books and authors Yelov later on became a phenomenon in the Sinner's Heart knowledge of languages I who then spoke eighteen languages felt a green horn in comparison with him Before Inew a single word of any European language he already spoke almost all of them so perfectly that it was hard to tell that the language he was speaking was not his own pages 116 117 Tags interestingThis old man continued Bogga Eddin is a member of a brotherhood nown among the dervishes by the name of Sarmoung of which the chief monastery is somewhere in the heart of AsiaI had several long conversations with this old man In the last one he advised me to go to his monastery and stay there for a timeHe added that if I wished to go there he would be willing to help me and would find the necessary guides on condition that I would take a solemn oath never. Le avventure picaresche raccontate in uesto libro «con una semplicità orientale che sconcertava per la. .
Summary Rencontres avec des hommes remaruables.
To tell anyone where the monastery was situatedThroughout the whole our journey we strictly and conscientiously ept our oath not to look and not to try and find out where we were going and through what places we were passing When we halted for the night and occasionally by day when we ate in some secluded place our bashliks were removed But while on the way we were only twice permitted to uncover our eyes The first time was on the eighth day when we were about to cross a swinging bridge which one could neither cross on horseback nor walk over two abreast but only in single file and this it was impossible to do with eyes coveredOn the way we changed horses and asses several times and sometimes went on foot More than once we had to swim rivers and cross mountains and by our sensations of heat and cold it was evident that we sometimes descended into deep valleys or climbed very high At last when at the end of the twelfth day our eyes were uncovered we found ourselves in a narrow gorge through which flowed a small stream whose banks were covered with a rich vegetationAs we came nearer we were able to make out something like a fortress such as one finds on a smaller scale on the banks of the Amu Darya or the Pyandzh The buildings were encircled by a high unbroken wall pages 148 152 Tags Gault s Gulch interestingSo it continued for about two weeks until one day we were called into the third court to the sheikh of the monastery who spoke to us through an interpreter He appointed as our guide one of the oldest monks an aged man who looked like an icon and was said by the other brethren to be two hundred and seventy five years old pages 160 161 Tags interestingPogossian and I were calmly walking along He was humming some march and swinging his stick Suddenly as if from nowhere a dog appeared then another and another and still another in all about fifteen sheep dogs who began barking at us Pogossian imprudently flung a stone at them and they immediately sprang at usThey were Kurd sheep dogs very vicious and in another moment they would have torn us to pieces if I had not instinctively pulled Pogossian down and made him sit beside me on the road Just because we sat down the dogs stopped barking and springing at us surrounding us they also sat downSome time passed before we came to ourselves and when we were able to take stock of the situation we burst out laughing As long as we remained sitting the dogs also sat peacably and still and when we threw them bread from our Spirit of the Wolf knapsacks they ate it with great pleasure some of them even wagging their tails in gratitude But when reassured by their friendliness we tried to stand up then Oh no you don t for they instantly jumped up and baring their teeth made ready to spring at us so we were compelled to sit down once When we again tried to get up the dogs showed themselves so viciously hostile that we did not risk trying a third timeIn this situation we remained sitting for about three hours I did notnow how much longer we would have had to sit there if a young Kurd girl had not chanced to appear in the distance with an ass gathering A Vineyard Christmas keesiak in the fieldsMaking various signs to her we finally managed to attract her attention and when she came closer and saw what the trouble was she went off to fetch the shepherds to whom the dogs belonged who were not far away behind a hill The shepherds came and called off the dogs but only when they were at some distance did we risk standing up and all the time they were moving away the rascalsept an eye on us pages 94 95 I feel Gurdjieff said a lot in this book but left even unsaid this book is rather a lengthy adventure novel slash travel guide *than a book on his philosophy or spiritual teaching It can also be *a book on his philosophy or spiritual teaching It can also be as an ode to these remarkable men and one woman and dog Gurdjieff met and shaped his ideas during the course of his life even though it is not sure whether these people and one dog truly existed or were made up by Gurdjieff The reason for calling the book lengthy is because it is very descriptive but mostly consists of descriptions of places and people he met not ideas Whenever the stories go into the direction of what these remarkable men truly taught him Gurdjieff states he will explain this in detail in a soon to be written work To be fair the first chapters devoted to his father first tutor and substitution teacher state uite clearly how these men shaped Gurdjieff Gurdjieff uses direct uotes and lists to explain his father s subjective sayings his tutor s ideas on sexual desire and his teacher s outlook on objective and subjective morality However from the fifth chapter onwards the chapters get longer and seem to lose the clarity and precision of taught life lessons that are present in the first chapters and introduction Still the book gave me a proper first insight into Gurdjieff s life and I m INTERESTED IN READING ABOUT AND FROM HIM SPIRITUALITY ADVENTURE in reading about and from him Spirituality adventure exotic places grand ideas wonderfully fresh worldviews there are so many things I enjoyed about this book I had always and everywhere in all conditions and circumstances to remember myself and to remember the task I had set myself by the fulfillment of which I wished and still wish to justify the sense and aim of my life pg 301I relate to his need to wander explore learn and overcome challenges I don t think every human is born with this hunger to do and see but I certainly think I share this uality with him Beautiful book I found this gem in my local library they had stored this old book in a special section only to be taken out on reuest I was privileged Gurdjieff is misunderstood by many to be a sham His life has resonation felt by both nowledgeable and ignorant He was an enlightened person without any doubt in my heartThis book is special of all the books he has written because you can feel the love All other books you have to dig deep to find the beautiful However this book is full of beauty Gurdjieff describes all the characters in the book that he met during his own trav. Sua apparenza di ingenuità» sono per Gurdjieff innanzitutto uno strumento per iniziare il lettore all. .