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“I had come to the conclusion a long time ago that there was no escape from the labyrinth of contradictions in which we live except by an entirely new road, unlike anything hitherto known or used by us. But where this new or forgotten road began I was unable to say. I already knew then as an undoubted fact that beyond the thin film of false reality there existed another reality from which, for some reason, something separated us. The "miraculous” was a penetration into this unknown reality …

I felt that on the basis of a “search for the miraculous” it would be possible to unite together a very large number of people who were no longer able to  swallow the customary forms of lying and living in lying … 

“Quite right,” said G., “people are very unlike one another, but the real difference between people you do not know and cannot see. The difference of which you speak simply does not exist. This must be understood. All the people you see, all the people you know, all the people you may get to know, are machines, actual machines working solely under the power of external influences, as you yourself said. Machines they are  born and machines they die. How do savages and intellectuals come into this? Even now, at this very moment, while we are talking, several millions of machines are trying to annihilate one another. What is the difference between them? Where are the savages and where are the intellectuals? They are all alike … 

"But there is a possibility of ceasing to be a machine. It is of this we must think and not about the different kinds of machines that exist. Of course there are different machines; a motorcar is a machine, a gramophone is a machine, and a gun is a machine. But what of it? It is the same thing—they are all machines." 

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 WHIRLING DERVISH

The Gurdjieff movements are the name given to the collective body of sacred dances that were collected or authored by G. I. Gurdjieff and taught to his students as part of the work of self observation and self study. A DERVISH is a member of any of various Muslim ascetic orders, some of which perform whirling dances and vigorous chanting as acts of ecstatic devotion. The Sama is only one of the many Sufi ceremonies performed to try to reach religious ecstasy. Gurdjieff advocated a trance-like ecstatic dance as a method of spiritual awakening.  The “Gurdjieffian Dance” were taught worldwide as a unique and very physically demanding from of spiritual observance.

The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who you Are.

“Man such as we know him, the ‘man machine,’
the man who cannot 'do,'  and with whom and
through whom everything 'happens,’
cannot have a permanent and single I.
His I changes as quickly as his thoughts, feelings, and moods,
and he makes a profound mistake in considering himself
always one and the same person; in reality he is always
a different person, not the one he was a moment ago.”

G.I. Gurdjieff

in P.D Ouspensky, In Search for the Miraculous