There is Always a Path to Enlightenment in any Situation

森羅万象第6巻 表紙

A housewife asked me on the comment field of this blog: “I raise my children and do housework free and easy. Do you think I can do Gurdjieff work?” Gurdjieff work is to raise your consciousness in a desperate situation. My answer to the question was “You’re not trying to escape from the Gurdjieff work. So don’t worry.”

  • raise 育てる
  • free and easy のんびりと
  • consciousness 意識
  • desperate 絶望的な

I wonder how many people in such a situation can realize how lucky they are. Or how many of them emit magnetism of gratitude to such a situation consciously. It seems that many women in such a precious situation have difficulty having an attitude of gratitude because of their grievances with their children or husband and unnecessary stress about them.

  • emit 発する
  • have difficulty ~ing 〜するのに苦労する
  • attitude 態度
  • grievance 不満
  • unnecessary 不必要な

What is the Gurdjieff work in such a situation? It is to do your best with gratitude in raising your children, doing the housework, enjoying your hobbies and so on. But you have to remember that just doing your best doesn’t lead to the Gurdjieff work which raises your consciousness. Concentrate on one thing. In case you clean your house, for example, you can learn a lot more things than you can imagine.

  • do one’s best 最善を尽くす
  • concentrate 集中する

In Zen training at a temple, it is regarded as important to concentrate on doing chores and cleaning the temple without thinking, which is called Samu(作務)and is a kind of meditation with your eyes open. Though human minds are difficult to control, always being unstable, you can open up a deeper domain of your mind by concentrating on physical labor.

  • regard A as B  AをBとみなす
  • meditation 瞑想
  • labor 労働

Well, let me introduce an interesting episode of Gurdjieff, a Russian mystic. On his journey he came across a hunter hunting rabbits. The hunter was a quiet man in a simple clothes with a smile on his face. On seeing him, Gurdjieff felt a strong power of his consciousness and realized that he was not an ordinary person. He thought the hunter to be a man who was “awaken” in a way and whose mind was crystalized.

  • introduce 紹介する
  • mystic 神秘家
  • come across A Aに出くわす
  • quiet 静かな
  • usual 普通の
  • crystalize 結晶化する

Having interest in the hunter, Gurdjieff asked him to let him accompany the man all day. What the hunter did in a day was mostly hunting wild rabbits. He shoots at a wild rabbit the moment it pops its head from the ground, under which lies a burrow expanding in all directions. Wild rabbits rarely appear. When it pops its head, it’s momentary. He shoots at a rabbit from a distance with a rifle never missing the moment.

  • accompany  同行する
  • mostly 大部分は
  • burrow 巣
  • expand 広がる
  • direction 方向
  • rarely めったに〜ない
  • momentary 瞬間的な

He holds his rifle in the direction of the burrow in the distance on his hands and knees. He was concentrating still with his eyes fixed on the point of his rifle. Gurdjieff was watching him by him. One hour, two hours passed. The hunter never moved with his eyes open. Gurdjieff felt tired and left his side. He was watching the hunter from a distance relaxed and drinking a coffee. Then he heard a sound of a gunshot. The hunter successfully shot down a rabbit. As long as six hours had already passed. When the hunter came to him with the rabbit in his hand, Gurdjieff asked him a question offering a cup of coffee to him, “How could you concentrate for many hours without moving?” He replied to him “What? One hour is nothing to me.”

  • from a distance 遠くから
  • gunshot 銃声
  • successfully うまく
  • reply   答える

One of the characteristics of an “awaken” person has is transcendency of time. As you train yourself with a view to improving your power of concentration for many years, a deep domain of your consciousness comes to appear. It doesn’t matter on which work or activity you concentrate. For example, it often happens that as top craftsmen have been engaging in their work forgetting themselves for many years, they come to feel a meaning of life or begin to respect gods, though these things have nothing to do with their work. What such people think about will be realized more and more easily in this World of Reality. Human minds are profound like the universe. Everything is connected with each other.

  • characteristic 特徴
  • transcendency 超越
  • matter 重要である
  • craftsman 職人
  • meaning 意味
  • have nothing to do with A Aと関係がない
  • connect 繋げる

生かして頂いて ありがとう御座位ます

I Ka Shi Te I Ta Da I Te  A Ri Ga To U  Go Za I Ma Su

Thank you so much for keeping me/us alive.

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