|What is the Work?||by: Tony Lutz|
Gurdjieff strongly condemned masturbation, contraception and homosexuality as affronts to the proper order of nature. (LINK)
I guess that helps to explain why he was a prolific unconscious procreater. I give that label to Gurdjieff not to diminish his contribution to the collective wisdom, but to merely point out his normalcy bias (ostrich effect). [edit: 02/10/14 | According to Mark Pilkington, "He was highly charismatic and a notorious womaniser, said to have fathered over 100 children."]
I've been trying to come up with a suitable allegory for the Work, and what first came to mind is an automobile factory in which new cars are manufactured (new-born human beings), but soon after being driven off the assembly line the air filter is removed, the tires are slashed, it's then run on the rims and crashed into a concrete wall, and finally gasoline is poured inside and ignited. The car is somehow driven for 20 or 30 years, and only then taken to a repair shop (the Work).
A reoccurring question for me is why has most of this secret information (the Fourth Way, for example) been out of the public domain for thousands of years and why is it now becoming more freely available (albeit some of which is being sold and not strictly free). The advent of the Internet has greatly increased the dissemination of knowledge, but Gurdjieff's information was first disseminated 70 years or more prior to the Internet – why?
Up until the 20th century, this program ran as designed to keep humans oblivious to their true nature and purpose in life. However, with the advent of global communication and the resultant increase of collective wisdom, the Matrix began to lose control. Information which had been formerly tightly held under control by a select few began to experience leakage, finding its way into the public domain.
The Matrix needed a disinformation agent, and Gurdjieff, being the right patsy, in the right place, at the right time was setup to become the disinfo agent of the 20th century. He was fed just enough information to "work" with, but not the complete package. Certain key elements were omitted from the package he received – those related to the basis of the Matrix control system.
Gurdjieff was given the necessary material to counteract the effects of the Matrix upon people, and shown how to make that material "work" in an effective way for people who had the necessary prerequisite disillusionment with the Matrix and the ability to devote the necessary time, efforts and resources to the "work" of becoming whole.
In essence, Gurdjieff was setup to "fight the old", and by devoting his life to this, any chance of "building the new" was eliminated and in fact, buried deeper.
Giving Gurdjieff the package of information that he received instilled within him, and others who came into contact with this information, a false sense of hope that life could be different with the proper efforts, the requisite resources and the necessary time for personal transformation – a classic diversionary tactic which also utilizes division – those who "work" as being distinct from the mass of humanity who were too "far gone" to be saved. Domination, the Matrix's ultimate source of power would not threatened by the small group of people who might happen upon/discover and subsequently utilize this information
The Matrix is first and foremost a breeding facility – no different from a livestock farm – and incorporates hegemony, monogamy and monotony to keep the cattle under the control of the program of survival of the fittest and struggle for survival. The authoritarian family institution is one of the most important support structures of the Matrix. The maintenance of the authoritarian family institution requires more than the economic dependence of a wife and children upon the husband and father. This dependence can be tolerated only under the condition that the consciousness of being a sexual being is extinguished as far as possible in women and children.
Another key element of the Matrix control system which was withheld from Gurdjieff is the role of the psychedelic experience in suppressing the ego, a product of pathology. The suppression of the ego means the defeat of the dominators, the materialists, the product peddlers, and thus anything which enhansces the ego's suppression must be itself suppressed. Psychedelics return us to the inner worth of the self, to the importance of feeling immediate experience. And nobody can sell that to you and nobody can buy it from you, so the dominator culture is not interested in the felt presence of immediate experience.
It seems to me that Gurdjieff, at the end of his life began to question his sources, as evidenced in his reaction to the dating of the cave paintings at Lascaux, three months before his death. I've also seen references to comments of his regarding the use of "assisting factors," although I'm only able to locate one source of these claims. Also possibly an insight into his views on whether the Fourth Way was missing certain key elements comes from his supposed last words, "Here you are in a fine mess!"
There are those who struggle for human rights, for better working conditions and to abolish the ultimate expression of humanity’s underlying hate for life – war – what Gurdjieff, in Beelzebub’s Tales calls the most terrible of all the horrors which can possibly exist in the whole of the universe. But where are those who fight for the right of infants, children, and adolescents to fully experience the love they feel in their bodies? Do we not not care about how we manipulate lovely children into becoming as hard as ourselves as we transmit “the consequences of the organ Kundabuffer” from generation to generation?