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October 22, 2010

The SLUGS

On G. I. Gurdjieff's Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson

Section I I I

I I I
“Objective Science”

“... every kind of what your favorites call ‘knowledge’
... has absolutely nothing in common with what is called ‘Objective Knowledge.’” (G. p. 1169)

“It is necessary to notice that in the Great Universe
all phenomena in general, without exception wherever they arise and manifest, are simply successively law-conformable ‘Fractions’ of some whole phenomenon which has its prime arising on the Most Holy Sun Absolute.”
(G. p. 123)

1.  The Sacred Fundamental Cosmic Laws
of World-Creation and World-Maintenance

As part of his education of his grandson, Hassein, Beelzebub repeatedly returns to explanations of the fundamental cosmic laws.  Most importantly, there are the “first-degree” Sacred Cosmic Laws of World-Creation and World-Maintenance.  In The Tales, these are the sacred laws of Triamazikamno and Heptaparaparshinokh.  In the Ouspenskian version of Gurdjieff’s teaching, these are referred to simply as the Law of Three and the Law of Seven, also called the Law of the Octave.  According to Beelzebub and Gurdjieff, these two sacred cosmic laws are embodied throughout the Universe in all phenomena in any world, and throughout all time. #1

Everything is some type of “law conformable ‘Fraction’” of the original unity, and these sacred principles of the threefold and sevenfold nature of the World depict the processes by which the multitude of things is created out of an original unity.  The student Nicoll explains: “God is ... first One and then Three and then Seven.”  (1975, p. 1386)   Just as white light is reflected through a three sided prism to yield a spectrum of seven colours, so also, these sacred principles state that all of life and creation is based on such patterns.  In fact, these Sacred Cosmic Laws are even inherent in the primary Source, even before creation occurs.   For Beelzebub, no education of his grandson Hassein could possibly be complete without attempting to articulate these archaic teachings of “Objective Science.”  Of course, “the slugs” have no memory of such principles, and can no longer “instinctually sense cosmic truths”–given the degradation of the human psyche.

The Sacred Triamazikamno manifests, “in everything, without exception, and everywhere in the Universe, in three separate independent aspects.” (p. 138) At different points, Beelzebub uses various terms to differentiate these three principles and to describe how they interrelate within some phenomena or process.  The three forces are the “Holy-Affirming,” “Holy-Denying” and the “Holy Reconciling”–or more simply, the active, passive and neutralizing principles.  Whereas the “scientists of new formation” tend to conceive of all things in a dualistic manner, Objective Science is founded on an understanding of this ancient principle of the Threefoldness of all Cosmic manifestations–within any cosmos on any order of scale.

In the Tales, Beelzebub explains the actions of this principle:

“A law which always flows into a consequence and becomes the cause of subsequent consequences, and always functions by three independent and quite opposite characteristic manifestations, latent within it, in properties neither seen nor sensed.”  (p.139)

Processes proceed through three forces in interaction, which give rise to a fourth effect, which then partakes in subsequent interactions.  In occult teachings, this is illustrated by the magical principle of creation–by which fire acts upon water, is neutralized by air, and results in the element earth.  The three forces come together as one, and the resultant, becomes a cause of subsequent phenomena, again participating in a threefold manner.  Beelzebub elaborates: “... the higher blends with the lower in order to actualize the middle and thus become either higher for the preceding lower, or lower for the succeeding higher...”  (p. 751)

Also evident in Beelzebub’s explanation is the fact that the three separate forces are “neither seen nor sensed”–as they are blended together.  It is the effects which might be seen or sensed, after different generations of causes and consequences.  In discussions with Ouspensky, Gurdjieff explains that two forces can never produce a phenomenon, but require a third which is not directly visible, but is latent within the medium within which the interaction occurs.  Gurdjieff states:

“The teaching of the three forces is at the root of all ancient systems. The first force may be called active or positive; the second, passive or negative; the third, neutralizing. But these are merely names, for in reality all three forces are equally active and appear as active, passive, and neutralizing, only at their meeting points, that is to say, only in relation to one another at a given moment. The first two forces are more or less comprehensible to man and the third may sometimes be discovered either at the point of application of the forces, or in the ‘medium,’ or in the ‘result.’  But, speaking in general, the third force is not easily accessible to direct observation and understanding. The reason for this is to be found in the fundamental limitations of man’s ordinary psychological activity ... . People  cannot perceive and observe the third force directly any more than they can spatially perceive the ‘fourth dimension.’ ...  people cannot observe phenomena as manifestations of three forces because we cannot observe the objective world in our subjective states of consciousness. ...  If we could see the manifestation of three forces  in every action, we should then see the world as it is (things in themselves). ... The third force is a property of the real world.” (Ouspensky, 1949, pp. 77-8)

The third force is latent within the medium within which the opposing forces operate, acting as the neutralizing or reconciling force which mediates the interaction of the opposites.  The third force is latent within the hidden dimensions of space/time.  Occult teachings maintain that all things embody such a trinity of forces, which enter into endless combinations and permutations on different planes of creation.

Beelzebub uses other terms and descriptors to depict the three forces: these include the terms ‘Surp-Otheos,’ ‘Surp-Skiros’ and ‘Surp-Athanotos.’  These are also referred to successively as the ‘Affirming-force,’ or ‘Pushing-force’ or ‘Force-plus;’  the ‘Denying-force,’ or ‘Resisting-force’ or ‘Force-minus;’ and thirdly, the ‘Reconciling-force,’ ‘Equilibrating-Force’ or the ‘Neutralizing-force.’ Further, Beelzebub relates the three forces to the “Holy Trinity” of ‘God-the-father,’ the affirming force, ‘God-the-Son,’ the denying force, and ‘God-the-Holy-Ghost,’ the reconciling force.

The meaning of the term Triamazikamno is apparently derived from the Greek language, and according to J. Bennett, it means “I put three together.”  For Beelzebub and Gurdjieff, all things consist in three aspects.

The second of the first-degree, fundamental and Sacred Cosmic Laws, is that of Heptaparaparshinokh–or the “Law of the Sevenfoldness.”  Beelzebub elaborates:

    “The Law of Sevenfoldness exists on the Earth and will exist forever and in everything.
 “For instance, in accordance with this Law, there are in the white ray seven independent colors; in every definite sound there are seven different independent tones; in every state of man, seven different independent sensations; further, every definite form can be made up of only seven different dimensions; every weight remains at rest on the Earth only thanks to seven ‘reciprocal thrusts,’ and so on.”  (p. 461)

In Beelzebub’s Tales, the sevenfoldness of all things is described in relationship to the realms of  nature, all the way up to the Prime Source.  Beelzebub explains:

“.. ‘seven-classes-of-vibrations’ of those cosmic sources, the arising and further action of each of which also arise and depend on seven others, which in their turn arise and depend on seven further ones, and so on right up to the first most holy ‘unique-seven-propertied-vibration’ issuing from the Most Holy Prime Source ... .”  (p. 476)

A unique sevenfold vibration issues form the original unity of the Most Holy Prime Source, and subsequently all patterns of creation embody this pattern.  Both the threefoldness and sevenfoldness are inherent even within the Most Holy Prime Source, and then manifest within all phenomena on all planes of existence.  This is an ancient teaching, a key to the mysteries of creation, embodied within Beelzebub’s tales–as it is throughout the esoteric teachings of Objective Science.

Beelzebub explains that the Sacred Laws have been known throughout human history within small circles of Initiates as part of Objective Science.  He traces this teaching back to the times of Atlantis and the period of Babylon, but unfortunately for the slugs, of this ancient knowledge “absolutely nothing has reached the beings of contemporary civilization ... apart from a few ‘empty words’ without any inner content.”  (p. 492)  However, this archaic knowledge is preserved in subtle ways, and resonates still with something deep within the human subconscious and inner essence.  The division of white light into a spectrum of seven colors, like the seven rows of the periodic table of chemistry,  the division of the week into seven days, the structures of the musical octaves explored by Pythagoras, and the myth of Genesis with seven days of creation–all illustrate this ancient teaching.
According to Beelzebub, the sacred Heptaparaparshinokh is formulated in objective cosmic science, most simply:
 
 “‘The-line-of-the-flow-of-forces-constantly-deflecting-according-to-law
-and-uniting-again-at-its-ends.’   “This sacred primordial cosmic law has seven ‘centers of gravity’ and the distance between each two of these deflections or ‘centers of gravity’ is called a Stopinder-of-the-sacred- Heptaparaparshinokh.’   "This law, passing through everything newly arising and everything existing, always makes its completing processes with seven Stopinders.”  (p. 750)
The Stopinders are the intervals or distances between the centers of gravity.

These descriptions are illustrated by the music scale.  A descending octave, or devolving octave, begins at Do and passes through the first interval or Stopinder into ti, and then down through la-sol-fa-mi-re to a low do.  The high Do, the eighth note, is the completion of the whole seven notes.  Hence the Law of Sevenfoldness is also labelled as the “Law of the Octave”–as octave means eightfold.  An ascending octave, an evolutionary octave, begins at a low do, and pass through the first interval to re-mi-fa-sol-la-ti to the high Do.  Thus we can speak of both evolving and devolving octaves.   The eighth note of the Octave is the Whole in contrast to its Fractions.  #2
 
Beelzebub, like Gurdjieff, maintains that this sacred principle of cosmic design is manifested in all phenomena, and even within the prime source substance existent before creation is initiated.  The seven notes are the seven gravity-centers within the grand scale of being, while the seven “stopinders” are the distances between these notes.  Whereas modern scientists of “new format” talk  only of “evolution,” and speak of the “evolution” of life on Earth, the Solar System and the Universe, Beelzebub explains that there are both involutionary and evolutionary exchanges of cosmic substances within all planes of being.   Creation, in the beginning, is an involutionary process.

These are the primary principles elaborated by Beelzebub in his explorations of “objective science.” All things are created and maintained according to two fundamental primordial Sacred Laws.  The study of these fundamental cosmic laws is very subtle and complex, but essential to understanding the nature of reality, and how everything works.   All phenomena are simply “law-conformable ‘Fractions’ of some whole phenomena ... .”
   
The “scientists of new formation” may scoff at the claims of cosmic laws in numbers, or in principles of design and creation.  In fact, they are conditioned to take the ephemeral for the real, to “see only unreality” and to “wiseacre”endless over things they know nothing about.  From the perspective of Beelzebub, all of the rubbish accumulated through the ages in human mentation is simply the “pouring-from-the-empty-into-the-void.”  In the light of Objective Science, the men-being slugs no longer instinctually sense reality or cosmic truths–although they might.
Footnotes: 1. In addition to these Fundamental Cosmic Laws, there are also various  “second” and “third degree” cosmic laws, but these flow from the effects of the threefoldness and sevenfoldness inherent in all processes.

2.   Similarly, in Vedic teachings of ancient India, material nature is called Prakriti: which consists of one “fundamental” and “seven relative” classes of Prakriti.  Vedic teachings regards all of nature as composed of the generations of causes and effects generated through the “three modes of nature”– of tamas, rajas and sattva, related to matter, energy and intelligence.  In the same vein, Tibetan Buddhism construes reality as composed of forty-nine planes of existence, seven planes, each with seven sub-planes.

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