Putting Oneself in the Place of Another
Beelzebub’s Tales to his Grandson, All and Everything
In “Form and Sequence,” Gurdjieff advises us that in a responsible existence, one’s common presence will contain those precious being-data for feeling which are the foundation of the essence of every bearer of divine Reason, and that the words inscribed over the chief entrance of the Holy Planet Purgatory are as follows:
“ONLY HE MAY ENTER HERE WHO ENTERS INTO THE POSITION OF THE OTHER RESULTS OF MY LABORS.” (Beelzebub’s Tales To His Grandson, p. 1065.)
Second Being Food
The words over the entrance to the Holy Planet Purgatory are a divine commandment, to which the only possible response is obedience. And Feeling—Empathy—is the very foundation of Essence.
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