It is the original state of Nature. Its desire makes an imagination (Einbildung), and imagination or figuration is only the will of desire. But desire makes in the will such a being as the will in itself is.
Yesterday (29 October) was the anniversary of #Gurdjieff's death in 1949.
The following prayer, written by his close associate, is often read out at commemorations and remembrance services - a #thread:
"In the name of GOD the FATHER, God
the SON and of GOD the HOLY GHOST,
may the soul of #GURDJIEFF be perfected
according to his merits.
SOURCES of Divine REJOICINGS, REVOLTS
and SUFFERINGS, direct your actions
upon #GURDJIEFF'S dead nearests, upon
his followers and all strivers and
learners everywhere, upon my friends,
acquaintances and neighbours, upon my
dead nearests and upon my self.
You cannot write a single line w/out a cosmology
laid out, before all eyes
there is no part of yourself you can separate out
saying, this is memory, this is sensation
this is the work I care about, this is how I
make a living
it is whole, it is a whole, it always was whole
you do not "make" it so
there is nothing to integrate, you are a presence
you are an appendage of the work, the work stems from
hangs from the heaven you create
every man / every woman carries a firmament inside
& the stars in it are not the stars in the sky
w/out imagination there is no memory
w/out imagination there is no sensation
w/out imagination there is no will, desire
“With deliberate antimony #Heraclitus here presents his positive conception of the divine ... The #aphorism is unusually dense and puzzling, full of conflicting forces mysteriously under control.”
- Kahn, ‘Art and Thought of #Heraclitus,’ 1979, pp. 267
“... for #Heraclitus as for Aeschylus ‘#etymology’ must be taken literally: an ‘etymos #logos’ is a ‘true statement’ hidden in the form of a name ... the name ‘Zēnos’ affirms that the supreme #deity is also a principle of life, like the ‘everliving fire’ ...”