The Shortest Way to Enlightenment is Near You

森羅万象第6巻 表紙

A very weird middle-aged man George Ivanovich Gurdjieff went on a long journey searching for the way for human beings to “awaken.” That is, he didn’t know his mystic method from the beginning. He had a strong will and intuition by nature. Convinced that there must be a hidden secret in this world, he set out on the journey.

  • middle-aged 中年の
  • awaken 覚醒する
  • mystic 秘宝の
  • intuition 直感
  • by nature 生まれつき
  • convince 確信させる

To continue his journey for the truth, he did anything. The episode is well known that he painted a sparrow yellow and sold it as a canary. In the middle of the journey, he took a hint that when human beings are put in an extreme situation, the door of a new consciousness of human beings is opened up. In order to make money for the journey and put himself  in an extreme situation, he thought of various hard work where he had to reach his quota.

  • sparrow すずめ
  • extreme 極端な
  • consciousness 意識
  • various 様々な
  • quota ノルマ

For example, he purchased a lot of old corsets for a low price, made some alterations on them and sold them at a much higher price pretending that they were the latest fashion. They sold very well partly because he put a lot of effort into the advertising, which was rare in those days. Different from ordinary people, he didn’t hire any person and made all of the corsets by himself without sleep or rest. He imposed the task on himself as a means of awakening. He kept on sitting eating little food and concentrated on the detailed work for a long time. He sometimes lost consciousness at the desk and fell asleep, but as soon as his consciousness came back he resumed the work.

  • purchase 購入する
  • alteration 改良
  • pretend 偽って主張する
  • the latest 最新の
  • advertising 広告
  • in those days 当時は
  • impose 課す
  • means 手段
  • concentrate 集中する
  • resume 再開する

Once he made a lot of money in this way and gained “something,” he abandoned his stable job and set out on another journey for the truth. Besides this episode, there are a lot of episodes of his hard work under harsh working conditions during his journey. He is definitely a man who gained “something” posteriori after all.

  • abandon 捨てる
  • besides A Aの他に
  • harsh 過酷な
  • definitely 間違いなく
  • posteriori 後天的に

In his late years, he said a lot of interesting things. Interpreting one of his remarks spiritually, I think he is saying like this:  “In super ancient times human beings were developed, created and raised by a certain “thing” and devices called Kunda-buffer for binding them up mentally and making them dream (which I feel is like a microchip) were attached to them so that they couldn’t escape and were controlled remotely by it from the moon.”

  • develop 開発する
  • device 装置
  • bind A up Aを縛り上げる
  • mentally 精神的に
  • attach くっつける
  • escape 逃げる
  • remotely 遠隔で

Gurdjieff suggests that this device is similar in nature to actions to tamper with a spiritual point on the backbone, such as meditation or yoga, or trainings for awakening Kundalini, and that these actions will end up enslaving human beings again like they were enslaved in super ancient times. In short, these actions are foolish ones to restart the Kinda-buffer device memorized in the genes and nothing more than mental degeneration in the name of spiritual training.

  • tamper with A   Aをいじる
  • backbone 背骨
  • enslave 奴隷化する
  • memorize 記憶する
  • gene 遺伝子
  • degeneration 退化

What he said is right. I think he is suggesting a fundamental fault of the modern religions. I’m sure those who they imagine have awakened by meditation are on the verge of falling into the Evil Zone, for their private lives are often depraved. They are corrupt in terms of a social and family life, too. They are sure to fall ill later in life because the direction of their spiritual training is fundamentally wrong. They have to look straight at their inside, not outside. It is rare and could be said to be a grace of God that you should reach the true enlightenment by only meditation, like Ramana Maharshi, an Indian sage.

  • fault 欠陥
  • religion 主教
  • verge 際
  • depraved 堕落した
  • corrupt 腐敗した
  • grace 恩寵
  • sage 聖人

Another interesting remark of his is “As long as you live alone, you never know your weak points. Your weak points consist in the relationship with others.” That is, unless you know yourself you can never awaken and only in a family or a society can you receive negative stimuli caused by your weak points from others. And also he says that the negative stimuli from others are the very treasure and they are worth buying. His purpose of life was not to waste his limited life but to acquire the perfect liberty by awakening. Therefore negative stimuli, mentally or physically, were all welcome for his big goal.

  • relationship 関係
  • stimuli 刺激
  • treasure 宝
  • purpose 目的
  • waste 無駄にする
  • acquire 獲得する
  • liberty 自由

We suffer problems related to parents and children, school life or social life. But are we aware of those problems pointing to our weak points?  Especially, a conflict between parents and children is one of the eternal themes of human beings. It is often said that when you feel like taking care of your parents, they are already gone. Mr. Matsuzo Matsushita (松下松蔵), a god man of Showa era, imposed himself on absolute obedience to his stern parents as a spiritual training and as he got through the training, he came to acquire a very strong psychic power. Or Mr. Munetada Kurozumu(黒住宗忠), a great god man of Edo period, devoted himself to his parents before he experienced the magical encounter with Amaterasu-oho-mi-kami(天照太御神).

  • suffer 苦しむ
  • related 関係した
  • point 指す
  • especially 特に
  • conflict 争い
  • eternal 永遠の
  • obedience 服従
  • stern 厳しい
  • devote oneself 献身する

There exists a universal law in this world like a mechanism that grateful actions for parents or ancestors, from whom you physical body comes, have positive effects. Being kind to your living parents and holding memorial services for your dead parents or ancestors are the shortest way to spiritual enlightenment. You don’t have to go on a grueling journey like Gurdjieff. It doesn’t matter whether you are kind to your parents strategically and hypocritically. It’s admirable that you can do it.

  • grateful 感謝に満ちた
  • effect 影響
  • grueling 過酷な
  • hypocritically 偽善的に
  • admirable 立派な

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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