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“... every kind of what your favorites call
“It is necessary to notice that in the Great
of World-Creation and World-Maintenance
As part of his education of his grandson,
repeatedly returns to explanations of the fundamental cosmic
Most importantly, there are the “first-degree” Sacred Cosmic Laws of
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
and the Law of Seven, also called the Law of the Octave.
to Beelzebub and Gurdjieff, these two sacred cosmic laws are embodied
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
“in everything, without exception, and everywhere in the Universe, in
separate independent aspects.” (p. 138) At different points, Beelzebub
uses various terms to differentiate these three principles and to
how they interrelate within some phenomena or process. The three
forces are the “Holy-Affirming,” “Holy-Denying” and the “Holy
more simply, the active, passive and neutralizing principles.
the “scientists of new formation” tend to conceive of all things in a
manner, Objective Science is founded on an understanding of this
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:
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:
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,
Sacred Cosmic Laws, is that of Heptaparaparshinokh–or
the “Law of the Sevenfoldness.”
“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)
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
in objective cosmic science, most simply:
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
principle of cosmic design is manifested in all phenomena, and even
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
Whereas modern scientists of “new format” talk only of
and speak of the “evolution” of life on Earth, the Solar System and the
Universe, Beelzebub explains that there are both involutionary and
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
Laws, there are also various “second” and “third degree” cosmic
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.