"They did this because at that time two facts had become clearly manifest the decline of the Christian religion, and the disappearance in ordinary people of the capacity for "contemplation," that is, for the state in which alone the truths indicated in detail by genuine religious teachings can be understood."
AiŽsiritoorassian Contemplation, Active Mentation, Being
Pondering is an
active process leading to the development of the Higher
Intellectual center and Objective Reason. Pondering is a word that Gurdjieff uses interchangeably with
Active Mentation and Contemplation throughout Beelzebub's Tales. Contemplation is
itself prefixed with many
qualifiers throughout the Beelzebub's Tales. See the examples below.
Active Mentation are related together on page (31). Active Mentation and Active Pondering are
mentioned together on page (32). Other references to contemplation, pondering and
active mentation appear
throughout the book and are listed below. We know these various terms are
related because they are all mentioned in conjunction with the process of
transmuting the sacred
substances abrustdonis and helkdonis for the growth of the higher being bodies.
pondering of my purified Reason
ponder on the sense of their own existence
pondering of the blessed highest being-bodies
the capacity to ponder and
active and conscious contemplation
- "through active mentation, there should proceed more
intensively in you the proper elaboration of the sacred substances 'abrustdonis'
and 'helkdonis,' required for coating and perfecting both your higher
- "active and conscious contemplation, and in this state performed these corresponding sacred mysteries, so that there should be transmuted in them the sacred
substances abrustdonis and helkdonis." (34)
- "As for the sacred cosmic substances required for the coating of the
'highest being-body,' which they call the 'soul,' these substances can be
assimilated and correspondingly transformed and coated in them, just as in us,
only through the process of what is called 'aiŽsiritoorassian contemplation,'
actualized in their common presence with the conscious participation of their
three independent spiritualized parts." (35)
- 'intentional contemplation,' which is
the principal factor for the assimilation of those sacred cosmic substances."
The practice of Pondering works according to the Law of Three
by setting up a collision or 'zernofookalnian friction' between the Affirming
force of newly received impressions and the Denying force of previously acquired
data which leads via the resulting Reconciliation to
the development of Objective Reason and the formation of the sacred substances 'abrustdonis' and 'helkdonis'
which are required for the coating and perfecting of the higher being bodies.
This process is similar to the practice of Intentional Suffering where the struggle against the
mechanical manifestations and desires of the planetary body produces a 'Disputekrialnian
friction' which leads to the formation of the sacred substances 'abrustdonis' and 'helkdonis'
for coating the higher being bodies.
- "It is only thanks to this 'third force' in the process of the blending of newly perceived impressions of every kind that
there are crystallized in a being, on the basis of the sacred Triamazikamno, data for the cognizance and understanding
proper to that being alone; and it is only during these processes of the crystallization of data for consciousness in the
presence of three-brained beings that what is called 'zernofookalnian friction' takes place, which gives rise in them to
the formation of the sacred substances 'abrustdonis' and 'helkdonis,' required for the coating and perfecting of their
higher parts." (37)
- "ponder on the sense of their own existence, and so to acquire
data for the elucidation and reconciliation in themselves of that 'individual
collision,' as it is called, which often arises in three-brained beings from the
contradiction between the concrete results flowing from the processes
of all the cosmic laws and the results presupposed and even definitely expected
by their 'sane logic ' And so, correctly evaluating the essential significance
of their own presence, they become capable of being aware of the place truly
corresponding to them in these common-cosmic actualizations."
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