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Best Attitudes

posted Jun 27, 2011, 3:13 PM by Jim Turner   [ updated Jul 24, 2011, 8:24 PM ]
June 27, 2011

In Constantinople, Gurdjieff was asked about the proper attitude for a pupil.

"Imagine," he replied, "that you are offered a house in a vast virgin forest with but one condition: you must maintain the fire beneath a cauldron.

Even though no one checks on you, you are not allowed to lift the lid of the cauldron, and you know nothing about the boiling substance inside. You know only that you must keep it boiling and never allow the fire to go out.

Significantly, no one but yourself verifies that you are doing it correctly.

Such dedication, perseverance and honesty are the best attitudes in a pupil."

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