This is lecture3. It is titled the Soul is Sex but Sex is Not Soul; Kunderbuffer and the Limbic System It is based on Gurdjieff’s book: All and Everything, Beelzebub’s Tales to His Grandson and Gurdjieff’s book Meetings with Remarkable Men and especially to Gurdjieff’s unique concept of Kunderbuffer I’m Dylan Stephens In this lecture we discover that Kunderbuffer is a clue to the placement of the Soul in the Food Octave which will be expanded here as the Human Octave which will show the Limbic System. Moving up the octave from the note ‘la’ which was associated with the endocrine system in lecture1 is the association of the note ‘ti’ with the Limbic System which is also intertwined with the Sexual System expressed by Gurdjieff as Kunderbuffer. Kundabuffer may appear to be just another made-up word for Kundalini like Kesdjanian body for astral body in Chapter 16 Relative Understanding of Time, but in this case according to Beelzebub it is the name of a physical organ which was placed in our ancestors for three years by the Archangels. Although we no longer have this organ it’s memory remained leaving a disposition to it. Kunderbuffer is introduced at the very beginning of Beelzebub’s Tales Chapter 9 The Cause of the Genesis of the Moon and Chapter 10 Why Men are not Men. It was needed to send the vibrations of a Asokin to its attach fragments namely the Moon that were broken off by a large comet for their maintenance to keep their orbits stable. Much later in Beelzebub Tales to His Grandson Chapter 21 Tthe First Visit of Beelzebub to India Gurdjieff tells us how the word Kunder- buffer was changed to Kundalini however considering that it was introduced at the beginning and mentioned over and over throughout the book and it is the highlight at the end of the last Chapter Chapter 47 Beelzebub Tales to His Grandson The Inevitable Result of Impartial Mentation it clearly has greater importance than the mere substitution for Kundalini or tantric practices. The practices of Kundalini are ridiculed in Beelzebub’s Tales to His Grandson in Chapter 21 The First Visit of Beelzebub to India. Saint Buddha among other things explained to the beings of Pearl Land how and to what part of the body of their ancestors the said famous organ Kunderbuffer had been attached. He told them that the Archangel Looisos had by a special means made this organ grow in their ancestors at the extremity of that brain which in men, just as in you, Nature has placed along their back in what is called the spinal column. Saint Buddha as I have also made clear then also said that though the properties of this organ had been entirely destroyed in their ancestors yet the material formation of this organ had remained at the lower extremities of this brain and this material formation being transmitted from generation to generation had also reached them. This material formation he said now has no significance whatever in you and it can be completely dissed in the course of time if you’re being existence proceeds as is becoming to three centered beings. It was just when they began wiseacring and inventing various forms of that famous suffering of theirs that they also played their usual tricks with this word. Namely first of all as the root of the second half of this word chance to coincide at the word in the language of that time which meant ‘reflection’ and as they had also invented a means for destroying this material formation rapidly and not merely in the course of time as Saint Buddha had told them they also wiseacred about this word according to the following rumination of their bob-tailed reason of course when this organ is an action it ought to have in its name also the root of the word to reflect; now since we are destroying even its material basis the name must end with the word that whose root means ‘former’ and because ‘former’ in their current language was then pronounced ‘lina’, they changed the second half of this word and instead of ‘reflection’ they stuck in the mentioned ‘lina’ so that instead of the word Kunderbuffer they obtained the word Kundalina. Thus it was that 1/2 of the word that Kunderbuffer survived and being transmitted from generation to generation finally reached your contemporary favorites also accompanied of course by a thousand and one different explanations. Even the contemporary learned beings also have a name made up of very abstruse Latin roots for that part of the spinal marrow. The whole of what is called Indian philosophy now existing there is based also on this famous Kundalini and about the word itself there exists thousands of various occult secret and revealed ‘sciences’ which explain nothing and it became a secret because several centuries ago this explanation suddenly for no reason what ever entered the favorite mole of the famous Scheherazade which that incomparable Arabian fantasist chanced to have on the right side of her adorable navel and there the learned explanation remains perfectly preserved down to the present day. Beelzebub is claiming that originally the buffer suffix of this word was close to the Hindu word reflection such as being a mere reflection of the actual organ, however it does seem that the ‘buffer’ suffix is meant to make fun of all those people who think they are perfecting themselves with their sexual positions and retention of ejaculations: the buffer part in the sacred practice of Kundalini. Part of this practice is to concentrate on the sexual energy passing up from the bottom of the spine the first chakra which is connected to the second chakra and then upwards to the crown of the head which is the seventh and final chakra. The final chakra is assumed to be the place of enlightenment. In this case the suffix reflection also works. Let us look at the rest of the important references to Kunderbuffer in the order in which they are presented to help in further deciphering this word’s hidden meaning. Beelzebub’s Tales to His Grandson Chapter 9 The Cause of the Genesis of the Moon. It was subsequently learned that in accordance with this said generic cosmic harmony of reciprocal maintenance of all cosmic concentrations there had also to function in the system of comets of what is called vast orbit still existing and named the comet Kondoor and just this very comet, although it was then already concentrated was actualizing its full path for only the first time. As certain competent sacred individuals also later confidentially explained to us, the line of the path of the said comet had to cross the line on which the path of that planet Earth also lay, but as a result of the erroneous calculations of a certain sacred individual concerned with the matters of world creation and world maintenance, the time of the passing of each of these concentrations through the point of intersection of the lines of their paths coincided and owing to this error of the planet Earth and the comet Kondoor collided and collided so violently that from this shock as I have already told you two large fragments (Moon and Anulios) were broken off from the Earth and flew into space. Therefore the Most High Commission decided to take measures to avoid this eventuality and they resolved that the best measure in the given case would be that the fundamental piece namely the planet Earth should constantly send to his detached fragments Moon and Anulios for their maintenance the vibrations a Asokin. This sacred substance can be formed on planets only when both fundamental cosmic laws operating in them the sacred Heptaparaparshinokh and the sacred Triamazikamno function as is called ‘Ilnosoparno,’ that is to say when the said sacred cosmic laws in the given cosmic concentration are deflected independently and also manifest on its surface independently, of course, independently only within certain limits. Beelzebub Tales to His Grandson Ch. 10 Why Men are Not Men You must know that by the time of the second ascent of the Most High Commission there had already gradually been engendered in them as is proper to three-brained beings what is called mechanical instinct. The sacred members of this Most High commissioned then reasoned that if the said mechanical instinct in these biped three brain beings of that planet should develop towards the attainment of Objective Reason as usually occurs everywhere among three-brained beings then, it might quite possibly happen that they would prematurely comprehend the real cause of their arising and existence and make a great deal of trouble. It might happen that having understood the reason for their arising namely that by their existence they should maintain the detached fragments of their planet Moon and Anulios and being convinced of this their slavery to circumstances utterly foreign to them, they would be unwilling to continue their existence and would on principle destroy themselves. So my boy in view of this the Most High Commission then decided among other things provisionally to implant into the common presences of the three brain beings there a special organ with the property such that first they should perceive reality topsy-turvy and secondly that every repeated impression from outside should crystallize in them data which would engender factors for evoking in them sensations of pleasure and enjoyment. And then in fact with the help of a chief common Universal-Arch- Chemist-Physicist Angel Looisos who was also among the members of this most High Commission, they caused to grow in the three brain beings there in a special way at the base of their spinal column at the root of their tail which they also at that time still had and which part of our common presences furthermore still had its normal exterior expressing the so to say fullness of its inner significance a something which assisted the arising of the set properties in them and this something they then first called the organ Kunderbuffer. Having made this organ grow in the presences of the three brain beings and having seen that it would work, the Most High Commission consisting of Sacred Individuals headed by the Archangel Sakaki reassured and with good consciences returned to the center while there, on the planet Earth which has taken your fancy the action of this astonishing and exceedingly ingenious invention began from the first day to develop and developed as the Mullah Nassr Eddin would say like a Jericho trumpet in crescendo. Now in order that you may have at least an approximate understanding of the results of the properties of the organ devised and actualized by the incomparable angel Looisos blessed be his name to all eternity, it is indispensable that you should know about the various manifestations of the three brain beings of this planet not only during the period when this organ Kunderbuffer existed in their presences but also during the later periods when. although this astonishing organ and its properties had been destroyed in them nevertheless owing to many causes the consequences of his properties have begun to be crystallized in their presences, but this I will explain to you later. Meanwhile you must note that there was still a third descent of that Most High Commission to that planet three years later according to objective time calculations, but this time it was under the direction of the Most-Great-Arch-Seraph Sevohtartra the most great Archangel Sakaki having in the meantime become worthy to become the divine individual he now is namely one of the four quarter maintainer of the whole universe. And during just this third descent there when it was made clear by the thorough investigations of the sacred members of his third Most High Commission that for the maintenance of the existence of those said detached fragments there was no longer any needs to continue to actualize the deliberately taken anticipatory measures then among other measures there was also destroyed with the help of the same Arch Chemist Physicist Angel Looisos in the presences of the three brain beings there the said organ Kunderbuffer with all its astonishing properties. Beelzebub’s Tales to His Grandson Chapter 43 Beelzebub’s Opinion of War or a Beelzebub’s Survey of the Process of the Periodic Reciprocal Destruction of Men. I learned that these sacred substances Abrustdonis and Helkdonis are just those substances by which the higher being bodies of three brain beings namely the body Kesdjan and the body of the Soul are in general formed and perfected and when I learned that the separation of the sacred Asokin from the said sacred substances proceeds in general when the beings on whatever planet it might be trans-substantiate the sacred substances Abrustdonis and Helkdonis in themselves for the forming and perfecting of their higher bodies by means of conscious labors and intentional sufferings. And so my dear Hassein, when appeared that the instinctive need for conscious labor and intentional suffering in order to be able to take in and transmute in themselves the sacred substances Abrustdonis and Helkdonis and thereby to liberate the sacred as Asokin for the maintenance of the Moon and Anulios had finally disaapeared from the psyche of your favorites, then great Nature herself was constrained to adapt herself to extract the sacred substance by other means one of which is precisely that periodic terrifying process there of reciprocal destruction. The truly learned though very proud and self loving Kurd Atarnakh ascends the cathedra and speaks as follows: Now listen to what we must do to attain this aim. The results of all my researches prove that nature requires that at certain periods a certain number of deaths should take place on the earth and at the same time I have succeeded in making clear that for the needs of nature it is indifferent which deaths these are: whether deaths of people themselves or deaths of the lives of other forms of beings(two- brained beings). From this it follows that if a number of deaths required by Nature is made up by the deaths of other forms of lives of the earth, then obviously the need for the number of deaths of men themselves will thus be of itself correspondingly reduced. And it will be quite possible to attain to this if all the members of our society continue to work that the same intensity only not with the aim of realizing our former program but of reviving upon the earth a larger scale than before the ancient custom among men of offering sacrifices to their gods and saints by destroying the lives of other forms. So it continued until that time when a certain famous Assadulla Ibrahim Ogly, a Persian dervish, who obtained his arising and who was formed into a responsible being on that same continent turned all this in another direction this ingenious and energetic persian dervish Assadulla Ibrahim Ogly here there and everywhere very cleverly persuaded these other dervishes of the truth of his idea and these in their turn now everywhere persuaded the ordinary beings of the continent Asia that the destruction of the existence of beings of other forms it is not only not pleasing to God but that the destroyers would even be obliged to bear in another world in Hell a double punishment one for their own what are called sins and one for the sins of the beings destroyed by them and so on. And thanks to preachings of this kind about the other world by dervishes considered great authorities on such questions the beings of Asia did indeed year by year diminish their sacrificial offerings. In short the result of all the activity of this good Persian dervish was precisely in the latest great process of reciprocal destruction or as your favorites call it the Great World War. And so my boy although the hypothesis put forward in the theory event uncommon learned Kurd Atarnakh very nearly as I already told you approximated to reality, yet nevertheless he failed to understand what was most important namely that the vibrations required by nature which have to be formed from the radiations issuing from beings both during their existence as well as from the process of their Rascooarno will have no significance quantitatively but only qualitatively. So here we have the organ Kunderbuffer which according to Beelzebub is responsible for all the problems of mankind being the result of miscalculations by the Archangels. The first mistake was the result of the erroneous calculations of a certain sacred individual concerned with the matters of world creation and world maintenance who failed to predict that a huge comet would hit the Earth causing two pieces to become the Moon and Anulios (obscure) secondly they placed this organ Kunderbuffer at the bottom of the spine of the humans to ensure that they would continue to produce a Asokin to keep the moon in orbit. Since this organ appears to have the effect of pumping psychotropic drugs to their brain from the bottom of their spine perhaps the Archangels could have just shown them how to find certain weeds and mushrooms instead. Since the humans in early times possessed merely mechanical instinct, they did not have the means of perfecting themselves and thus it was merely their deaths that would feed the Moon. The Archangels were afraid that humans would not want to be slaves to the Moon and would kill themselves and thus caused the extinction of human beings. Three years later the Archangels decide that it is not necessary and dissolve it probably because the vibrations of the humans were even further diminished. Still its predisposition remains and we are still in recovery. Praise to the Archangels! However this absurd fable has a deeper meaning as we will soon find out. It is important to note that the organ Kunderbuffer is being placed at the base of the spine. This is the position of the first chakra and strangely has no corresponding organ except of course the humorous Devil’s tail. This is the important entry point of Kundalini energy from the sex organs on its path to the crown of the head. Let us look at the two actions of Kunderbuffer: First that they should perceive reality topsy-turvy and Secondly that every repeated impression from outside should crystallize in them data which would engender factors for evoking in them sensations of pleasure and enjoyment. Implanting this organ turned out to be a major mistake on the Archangels part. They failed to realize as Kurd Atarnakh later proposed that a Asokin can be produced also by the death of lower forms of beings like goats and sheep. Thus a better solution could have been to encourage humans to perform more sacrifices of animals to the gods and it seems that history validates this tradition. Humorously Beelzebub says that it was the abolishment of sacrifices that caused the Great World War. And if Gurdjieff was alive today, he would have Mullah Nassr Eddin give some pithy saying like ‘Beware the invention of the pill because females not men will be the cause of the Third World War. However this solution of adding the organ Kunder- buffer was also doomed to failure as pointed out by Beelzebub because it is the quality of a Asokin and not the quantity which is important. The pursuit of pleasure merely increases the population but decreases the quality that would normally be the result of conscious labor and internal suffering. The increased population requires the process of reciprocal destruction namely the destruction of more human lives to make up the deficit. Beelzebub’s Tales to His Grandson Chapter 47 The Inevitable Result of Impartial Medtation. Finding himself in these cosmic actualizations incomprehensible for all three brain beings, Beelzebub in a loud voice unusual for him very penetratingly intoned the following words, “THOU ALL and the ALLNESS of my WHOLENESS! The sole means now for the saving of the beings of the planet Earth would be to implant again into their presences a new organ in organ like Kunderbuffer, but this time of such property is that every one of these fortunates during the process of existence should constantly sense and be cognizant of the inevitability of his own death as well as of the death of everyone upon whom his eyes or attention rests. Only such a sensation and such a cognizance can now destroy the egoism completely crystallized in them that has swallowed up the whole of their Essence and also that tendency to hate others which flows from it the tendency namely which engenders all those mutual relationships existing there which serve as the chief cause of all their abnormalities unbecoming to three brain beings and maleficent for them themselves and from the whole of the Universe.” When Beelzebub reaches the attainment of a soul having the reason of Podkoolad which is two steps above the Archangels he wishes that the new organ like Kunderbuffer could be placed in humans, he is perhaps hoping that some most high sacred cosmic individual like Ashiata Shiemash in Beelzebu’s Tales to His Grandson Chapter26 could show the people how to resolve ‘The Terror of the Situation’ that his new organ will evoke in them. Then by practicing being-Partkdolg duty, they could fulfill their true destiny that was planned by our Common Father Creator- Endlessness and that is to gain a Soul. I hesitate to contradict Beelzebub but I believe that even this great Podkoolad is being naive. I believe that he has missed the root cause for the requirement of a Asokin to feed the Moon. To be constantly reminded of one’s death will certainly fulfill the purpose of feeding the Moon as ‘Fear’ creates large quantities of Asokin. One only needs to be at a funeral or put one’s hand into the Nook where the Golgotha stone of the Crucifixion is supposed to be, to feel the blast of dark energy which comes not from the spirit of the deceased body which might still be lingering but rather from the fright of looking into death internalized inside oneself. It is not the actual death that creates the required energy but ‘Fear’. In any case this organ Kunder- buffer.2 cannot be more powerful than the feared word of Cancer. What is it that people do when they hear this word about themselves or someone they know. They fear and then they deny (denial is the suffix buffer) in Kunderbuffer. In fact in elite illuminati cult circles it is a known fact that fear increases the vivifying effect of the blood of an innocent victim. Thus the Dracula legend. Fear also causes the three F’s: freeze-flight.-or-fight. Since those who choose freeze or flight will not cause disruption, the fight reflex people will look to place the blame on something or someone and cause another period of reciprocal destruction and the others will be persuaded to follow. Fear is also the method that power possessing individuals use to keep their subjects in line and thus the Western world is merely ‘serfs with credit cards’. This brings us back to the situation encountered in Beelzebub’s first descent. Beelzebub’s Tales to His Grandson in Chapter 15 The First Descent of Beelzebub upon the Planet Earth It is necessary to premise just here that at the period of my first descent in person onto this planet the organ Kunderbuffer was no longer in the three brain beings who interest you and it was only in some of the three brain beings there that various consequences of the properties of that for them maleficent organ had already begun to be crystallized. In the period to which this tale of mine refers one of the consequences of the properties of this which had already become thoroughly crystallized in a number of beings there was that consequence of the property which while the organ Kunderbuffer itself was still functioning in them had enabled them very easily and without any remorse of conscience not to carry out voluntarily any duties taken upon themselves or given them by a superior but every duty they fulfilled was fulfilled only from the fear and apprehension of threats and menaces from outside. Here is the Food Octave starting with the ascending Fourth Stopinder of the fundamental cosmic Heptapara- parshinokh is the Digestive System which is made up of the stomach and the duodenum then the Circulatory System in the liver. The Nervous system in the cerebellum. The Thinking system in the cerebrum. The Endocrine system hormones and in parentheses ‘heart’, ‘la’. THe Reproductive System and the sexual organs and then this passes to the ascending Fifth Stopinder of the fundamental common cosmic Heptapara- parshinokh to the higher ‘do’ which is God. To understand the root cause of fear one must look at the Stopinder ‘la’ which was uncovered in the Food Octave, recently covered in Lecture1. Upon reaching the point ‘sol’ there is a crisis inside the cerebrum that manifests itself as fear of the unknown since the next point ‘la’ is Hormoneary, there is a perceived contradiction between thought and emotion. This is of course the point where being-Partkdolg duty is necessary for the establishment of the two higher being bodies Kesdjan and Soul and the creation of a higher vibrational state that can assist in passing from the second discontinuity of ‘ti’ to the higher ‘do’ of the completed being in the Reason of Anklad. However if a person acts emotionally rather than according to reason or uses reason and ignores emotion then if this is perceived by the person’s essence then there is an important conflict which activates conscience, because sometimes emotions should lead and other times thoughts should lead. Inevitably there should be caused Remorse of Conscience. If this struggle is performed intentionally (that’s intentional suffering) then the Kesdjanian body and the Soul are built. However, if this conflict of emotions and reason is perceived merely by the unconscious then psychological damage results. If humans only have alcohol, drugs, religion, or psychoanalysis to help them as discussed in Beelzebub’s Tales to His Grandson Ch 38 Religion and Ch 33 Beelzebub as a Professional Hypnotist then they will be doomed to suffer with no possibility of salvation. It is conscious recognition of the conflict of reason and emotion and the impartial observation of oneself that creates conscience. This principle has been known throughout time in the Commandment of Reciprocity: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. This is discussed in Beelzebub’s Tales to His Grandson Chapter 21 The First Visit of Beelzebub to India. It turned out indeed that Saint Buddha himself had in the course of his explanations to some of his closest initiates initiated by himself very definitely expressed himself concerning the means of the possible destruction in their nature of the mentioned consequences of the properties of the organ Kunderbuffer transmitted to them by heredity. He then among other things told them very definitely the following: One of the best means of rendering in effect of the predisposition present in your nature of the crystallization of the consequences of the properties of the organ Kunerbuffer is intentional suffering and the greatest intentional suffering can be obtained in your presences if you compel yourselves to be able to endure the displeasing manifestations of others towards ourselves. Gurdjieff clearly alludes to the concept that Kunderbuffer and sex are related by locating this organ in the tailbone close to the sex center. The Archangels are not alone in their blunder. The Lord God in Genesis planted the Tree of Knowledge, to know as in to have sex, and by forbidding it enticed Adam and Eve to taste of its fruit. The Sumerian god Enki was persuaded to add sexual organs to his DNA created black apes due to the great demand for slaves to mine for gold. Being fruitful and multiplying like a Jericho trumpet in crescendo was the inevitable outcome of both situations and the Flood did not succeed in wiping out the over- population. Clearly the addiction of sex quickly became the purpose of existence of the human race like animals. Having a sexual act result in birthing babies, they have no incentive to work on their own growth in their short lifetimes and get to dump all the unfulfilled dreams onto their progeny. Backing up a bit there is certainly an analogy with the sperm and the ovum creating new physical life. What a miracle that truly is. It makes sense at the point in the Food Octave at ‘ti’ would also be the point when a new life: a Soul is created. At point ‘la’ the Kesdjanian body was more of the quality of a ghost form having a limited lifespan but ‘ti’ the soul being the result of all energy Stopenders below becomes a true entity unto itself. The Kesdjanian body as with sound is only possible to exist in the atmosphere. The Soul as with the photons of light is also material but can travel even in the vacuum of space. Note that this is not the traditional scientific view which believes that light has no mass but in reality light is not a wave but having mass appears as a wave because of its spin. Going back to the Kunderbuffer mistake of the Archangels Soul cannot be activated from suppression of sperm as in the practice of Kundalini because sperm always dies within, whereas the ovum can even be retained for nine months when fertilized and then formed into a living being. Sorry men you lose figuratively and physically. Anyway the soul is neither male nor female but like an angel being like Aphrodite. Therefore at the plateau that is reached briefly after the point of sexual climax Soul is sex but sex is not Soul. Kundalini is no better than drugs in sustaining the intense high of the Soul but perhaps safer. Beelzebub’s Tales to His Grandson Chapter 29 The Fruits the Former Civilizations and the Blossoms of the Contemporary discusses to use of cocaine. As for the third of the enumerated chemical substances they invented, namely cocaine, that chemical substance is not only also of great assistance to nature and more rapidly decomposing the planetary formations in this instance their own planetary bodies, but this chemical means has an effect on the psyche of the contemporary beings of the planet Earth surprisingly similar to that which the famous organ Kunderbuffer had on the psyche of their ancestors when their ancestors had that invention in themselves of the Great Angel Looisos. Those then thanks to this organ, they were always exactly in the same state as the contemporary beings are when they introduced into themselves this German invention called cocaine. I must warn you my boy that even if the action of that German invention is similar to the action of the famous organ Kunderbuffer it happened without any conscious intention on the part of the contemporary beings of the community Germany. They became colleagues of the Great Angel Looisos only by chance. At the present time almost all of the beings who become a genuine representatives of contemporary civilization very meticulously and with the greatest delight and tenderness introduced into themselves the blessing of contemporary civilization, of course, always to the glory as dear Mullah Nassr Eddin says of the ‘cloven hoofed’. This Kundabuffer ‘gone wild’ result maybe a superficial result but is important to look at the1st description of the two actions that can easily be overlooked: ‘To perceive reality topsy-turvy’. Its deepest significance is to say that the organ is acting in the exact opposite place, thus instead of acting at the first chakra and second chakra of the sex organs, it should be acting at the last chakra of the crown of the head. This turns out to be of great importance in its relation to the Food Octave recently covered in lecture1 and the true position and relationship of the Limbic System in the brain. In assigning the five Senses to the Food Octave there are some startling parallels between the two apparently missing Senses which should be located at ‘la’ and ‘ti’ and some major misunderstandings in the concept of the Work in the Gurdjieff system. In particular most people agree that there are five Senses or maybe six if adding the unscientific sixth sense. Suppose we assign the five Senses in order of spiritual power from lower to higher in the Food Octave: Touch, Taste, and Smell. These three are of the body. Hearing that is why we are bombarded by music when we shop to distract our brains but its spiritual goal should be to create in us artistic expression and communication and the other sense of Seeing thus commercial ads that we see everywhere but its spiritual goal should be to learn and grow an understanding of the world and studying the sages that have preceded us. Many religions and philosophies have added to these five a sixth sense indicated by the third eye but amazingly modern science has now come up with a sixth sense and a seventh sense and this gives seven which aligns with the Law of Seven, so important if Gurdjieff system. These two new Senses that are considered as important as the five that you have been using all along: the Vestibular system and the Proprioception system. In the diagram of the Senses Octave here there’s Touch, Taste, Smell, Hearing, Seeing, Vestibular which is balance and attention, Proprioception which is spatial prediction, intuition, awareness of self. The Vestibular system adjusts balance and attention. This system accounts for the perception of our body in relation to gravity movement and balance. It provides information relating to movement and head position. It is important for development of balance coordination eye control, attention, being secure with movement, and some aspects of language development. It measures acceleration, g-force, body movements, and head position (therefore knowing that you are moving when you are in an elevator, knowing whether you are lying down or sitting up, and being able to walk along a balance beam. The Proprioception system manifests the ability of spatial prediction, intuition, and awareness of self and it is the sensing of the relative position of neighboring parts of the body and strength of effect being employed in movement. It was developed by the nervous system as a means to keep track of and control the different parts of the body. A normal person is able to move a finger knowing where and what the finger is doing with little effort. The normal person can just put his or her finger to his or her nose easily. Without it, the brain cannot feel what the finger is doing and the process must be carried out in more conscious and calculated steps. These two Senses have an uncanny resemblance to the Work for those who have parroted the necessary attention, impartiality, and awareness of self in the Work, this will come as a shock. Your body has been in the Work all along. Just the act of taking off your glasses and getting out of bed after reading some new-age book or this essay by Gurdjieffian idiot like me has used both these two Senses. In the humor of Gurdjieff I would call this the VP method of becoming a man / woman in capitals. (wink) You might bring up an objection to what is implied here by saying that we do these actions automatically whereas in the Work we are observing them, but does this make sense? (Sorry another pun) Our bodies have taken all our life especially when a baby to learn how to do these tasks automatically by observing ourselves. Does it really make sense to try to relearn these tasks. Personally I hate observing myself brushing my teeth, as I imagined as Ouspensky did. I am much happier remember- ing some song and let my brain handle it. To be present to oneself in everyday life is the true Work, but being aware of the mental daydreaming of the mind or the trivial feelings that arise in the hormonal system has the problem of making oneself superior to others. Just because you are semi-awake. This encourages callousness or self-centered impartiality that is the direct opposite of the Christian concept of agape love. Even worse is to observe these two newly discovered Senses believing that they possess some magic formula to spiritual growth, when they are merely functioning automatically on their own. You might as well observe some smell or taste or tactile sensation as in Beelzebub’s Tales to His Grandson Chapter 30 entitled Art. Perhaps the observation of one of the other minor Senses sexual stimulation might be more fun.(Sex magic!) (Sorry Gurdjieff’s humor is controlling me now or is it Aleister Crowley?) Now, putting all these potential arguments behind us, one must be curious to see if these two new identified Senses when compared to the Food Octave could give insight into the Kesdjanian body and the Soul. Look at the comparison in the next figure that shows Senses aligned with the Food Octave. The sense of Touch and the sense of Taste aligned with the digestive system, the sense of Smell aligned with the circulatory system in the liver, the sense of Hearing aligned with the nervous system, cerebellum, the sense of Seeing aligned with the Thinking center and the cerebrum, the Vestibular system of balance and attention aligned with the Endocrine system (hormones and parentheses ‘heart’), the Proprioception sense (spatial prediction intuition awareness of self) in conjunction with the Limbic System and the Reproductive system (the sexual organs). Looking at position ‘la’ which was the breakthrough found in lecture1 showing the missing Stopinder is the endocrine system and thus was already associated with emotion similar to the Christian concept of agape love. This corresponded to the sixth chakra which is associated with the third eye and the pineal gland which is shaped as a pine cone in the brain. The pineal gland is well known as being a powerful spiritual force as are all the hormonal glands. It is even on the Pope’s staff and yet in 1998 Pope John Paul II in the sternest papal edict against the Endocrine system in over 150 years added the adrenal, pineal, and pituitary to the Christian Church’s list of condemned glands, decrying them as sinful hormone producers which encourage and incite the human body to commit all manner of unholy acts. This edict raised the total number of condemned glands by the Catholic Church to 25. (One could ask how it was that he was so familiar with these secret dark ceremonies and why in the courtyard of the Vatican there is a huge pinecone statue.) It does not take a leap of faith to see that the sixth sense is the root point of the Kesdjanian body. At this time it should be noted that Ouspensky shows in his diagram in In Search of the Miraculous the octaves of the Kesdjanian body and the Soul as proceeding beyond the higher ‘do’ to continue their octaves. According to him the Kesdjanian body begins its octave at ‘do’ at the entry of the air between ‘mi’ and ‘fa’ in the Food Octave and the ‘do’ of the octave of the Soul begins between ‘sol’ and ‘la’ which would be between ‘mi’ and ‘fa’ of the Kesdjanian Body. Gurdjieff also points to the fact the Kesdjanian body begins to be fed by air between ‘mi’ and ‘fa’ but does not get into any more detail on this. In any case, since we know nothing about these continuing octaves, it is clearer to consider that the Food Octave and thus my Sense Octave contains within itself the complete circle of being existence which includes the body Kesdjan and the Soul that reaches the Holy Sun Absolute heaven at the higher ‘do’. In lecture2 onthe Enneagram I showed that the cross palms of Prospectus for the Gurdjieff Institute 1919 and the joining point of the two upper lines of the Enneagram is the location of Purgatory (the imperfect representation of God). Now if one follows the logic that the root of the Kesdjanian body is at ‘la’ then it would make sense to place the root of the Soul on the next Stopinder ‘ti’. This is the place of the Sexual Center and this is where the previous section of this discussion about the organ Kundabuffer comes in. Such a concept of placing the Soul at the position of the Sex Center may be difficult to accept at first because most religions do not believe that heaven is the place of unfettered sexual activity. This is traditionally relegated to Hell where there must be lots of STDs inter- mixed for punishment. Given that the point of sexual climax is the highest feeling of ecstasy, it makes sense to say that soul is sex at ‘ti’ and in the same way that the body Kesdjan is agape love at ‘la’. To make it clear Soul is not sex because Kundalini is not the way to enlightenment. Comparing again the hormonal system at ‘la’ the body Kesdjan can be sensed within when it is present. It is often pictured like the Sacred Heart of Jesus as it warms the chest and is a peace with the world. The parallel to the Soul at ‘ti’ is light as pictured in the halo. The real question is whether there is a comparable system to the endocrine system at ‘la’ that might be of higher quality than the Sexual System at ‘ti’. The clue to this is Kunderbuffer because there is such a center called the Limbic Center which like Kunderbuffer has a part of it in the brain that is susceptible to addiction. This whole Limbic Center consists of a set of brain structures located at both sides of the thalamus immediately beneath the cerebrum. The limbic node is an arc-shaped region of the cortex and the medial surface of each cerebral hemisphere. And here is a diagram of the areas. Some of the Limbic areas are the Cortical areas: orbital frontal cortex a region in the front lobe involved in the process of decision-making, entorhinal cortex related with memory and associative components, hippocampus which plays a central role in the consolidation of new memories; The Subcortical areas septal nuclei considered a pleasure zone, amygdala performing the primary role of the processing of memory decision-making and emotional responses, nucleus accumbens involved in reward pleasure and addiction; Diencephalic structures hypothalamus in the shape of an almond controls body temperature, hunger important aspects of parenting, and attachment behaviors, thirst, fatigue, sleep, and circadian rhythms. To date science does not have a clear idea of the areas that should be included in the Limbic System but it is clear that it influences the endocrine system and the Sexual System. It is the place of mystical and religious trance states and sexual fantasies. Since the Limbic System is the cause of outer body and near-death experiences, hallucinations, seeing the future, belief in afterlife, and dangerous sexual perversions. It is important for the left and right hemispheres of the brains to be in control. Thus we can see that equating Kunderbuffer merely with the Sexual Center is too narrow. It’s definition is better defined as the union of the Sexual Center with the Limbic Center. The image of the Hackney Cab can aid with the ability to control these supercharged forces. The carriage can be thought of as a Sexual System as passive force and the horse as the Limbic System as active force and the driver as your mind armed with what Gurdjieff calls understanding, as the neutral force. A better term is the Greek word ‘gnosis’. Gnosis is experience knowledge as opposed to theoretical knowledge or epistemology. Gnosis was given a bad name because it was called heresy by the Christian Church and those followers became known as Gnostics, but it is now more accepted due to the Nag Hammadi discovery in 1945. In Meetings with Remarkable Men (and Woman) Chapter 10 Professor Skridlov Here is contained the best discussion about the Soul that was promised in the Second Series to be titled The Divine Body of Man and its Needs and Possible Manifestations According to Law that was promised in his Third Series Life is Real Only Then When I Am Gurdjieff stopped writing this Third Series in 1934 and thus contrary to the book by the same name which reports to be this book and published after his death by his first line student Jeanne de Salzmann he never did write such a chapter. Meetings with Remarkable Men Chapter 10 Professor Skridlov: Father Giovanni in answer to Professor Skridlov question. Understanding is the essence obtained from information intentionally learned and from all kinds of experiences personally experienced. For example if my own beloved brother were to come to me here at this moment and urgently entreat me to give him merely a tenth part of my understanding and if I myself wished with my whole being to do so yet I could not in spite of my most ardent desire give him even the thousandth part of this understanding, as he has neither the knowledge nor the experience which I have quite accidentally acquired and lived through in my life. No Professor, it is a hundred times easier as it is said in the Gospels for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for anyone to give to another the understanding formed in him about anything whatsoever. Understanding is acquired acquired as I have already said from the totality of information intentionally learned and from personal experiencing whereas knowledge is only the automatic remembrance of words in a certain sequence. Not only is it impossible even with all one’s desire to give to another one’s own inner understanding formed in the course of life from the said factors but also as I recently established with certain other brothers of our monastery there exists a law that the quality of what is perceived by anyone when another person tells him something either for his knowledge or his understanding depends on the quality of the data formed in the person speaking. Then he tells a story about Brother Ahl and Brother Sez. The sermons of these two brethren who are to an almost equal degree holy men and who speak the same truths have nevertheless a different effect on all our brethren and on me in particular when Brother Sez speaks it is indeed like the song of the birds in paradise from what he says one is quite so to say turned inside out one becomes as though entranced his speech pearls like a stream and one no longer wishes anything else in life but to listen to the voice of Brother Sez but Brother Ahl’s speech has almost the opposite effect. He speaks badly and indistinctly evidently because of his age. No one knows how old he is. Brother Sez is also very old it is said 300 years old but he is still a hale old man whereas in Brother Ahl the weakness of old age is clearly evident. The stronger the impression made at the moment by the words of Brother Sez the more this impression evaporates until there ultimately remains and the hearer nothing at all but in the case of Brother Ahl, although at first what he says makes almost no impression, later the gist of it takes on a definite form more and more each day and is instilled as a whole into the heart and remains there forever. When we became aware of this and began trying to discover why it was so, we came to the unanimous conclusion that the sermons of Brother Sez proceeded only from his mind and therefore acted on our minds, whereas those of Brother Ahl proceeded from his being and acted on our being. Yes, Professor, knowledge and understanding are quite different. Only understanding can lead to being whereas knowledge is but a passing presence in it. New knowledge displaces the old and the result is as it were a pouring from the empty into the void. One must strive to understand. This alone can lead to our Lord God. And in order to be able to understand the phenomena of nature according and not according to law proceeding around us, one must first of all consciously perceive and assimilate a mass of information concerning objective truth and the real events which took place on earth in the past and secondly one must bear in oneself all the results of all kinds of voluntary and involuntary experiencings. This last paragraph is the best summation of how to build a Soul however it needs some rewording, which I hope that Father Giovanni will not mind. The concept of perceiving and assimilating a massive information on real events that took place on earth in other words it’s real history is in fact an impossibility. The concept of real history has been contemplated and debunked by many philosophers, writers, and artists. George Santayana says History is a pack of lies about events that never happened told by people who weren’t there. Samuel Clemens, Mark Twain: The history of a race in each individual’s experience is sown thick with evidence that a truth is not hard to kill and that a lie told well is immortal. D H Lawrence: The only history is a mere question of one’s struggle inside oneself, but that is the joy of it. Leonardo da Vinci: It has come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sit back and let things happen to them they went out and happened to things. I would reword the last paragraph of Father Giovanni to redefine the word history: firstly to perceive assimilate and extract the objective truths contained in the knowledge or understanding that other remarkable men and women have enrusted to us, secondly to contemplate on this knowledge or understanding in relation to one’s own experiences and the workings of the universal laws of three and seven to finally obtain gnosis inside us. Father Giovanni had a lot to say about the difference between knowledge and understanding (gnosis), saying it is a hundred times easier as it is said in the Gospels for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for anyone to give to another the understanding formed in him about anything whatsoever. Understanding is acquired as I have already said from the totality of information intentionally learned and from personal experiences. Whereas knowledge is only the automatic remembrance of words in a certain sequence. Only understanding can lead to begin whereas knowledge is but a passing presence in it. New knowledge displaces the old and the result is as it were a pouring from the empty into the void. As an aside, I must explain how the metaphor in Mark 10:25 of a camel passing through the eye of a needle is actually possible. It just requires a little knowledge of the Hebrew alphabet: the third letter of the alphabet is G game L and it has a pictogram of a camel and the 19th letter Q qof has the pictogram of a sewing needle in the sceen monastery an initiate would enter at the level of three camel and graduate at level 19 Qof going through the eye of a needle. But for a married man, rich man who was not permitted into a monastery to receive his education, it would obviously be impossible, not absurd. The metaphor of ‘water to wine’ has a similar explanation based on grades. Beelzebub also discusses the relationship between knowledge that is empty and understanding (gnosis) that fills the Soul. Beelzebub’a Tales to His Grandson Ch. 46 Form and Sequence I find it necessary to repeat in another and more definite form about the difference already mentioned by me many times for different motives between what are called knowledge and understanding present in three brain beings in general. The conscious reason of understanding which in general it is proper for three brain beings to have is a something which blends with their common presence and therefore information of every kind perceived with this reason becomes forever their inseparable parts. The information perceived with this reason or results obtained thanks to being contemplation of the totality of formerly perceived information, however a being himself may change and whatever changes may proceed in the spheres around him, will be forever a part of his essence. And as for that reason which for most of your contemporary favorites has become habitual and which I call the reason of knowing, every kind of new impression perceived through this reason and likewise every kind of intentionally or simply automatically obtained results from formally perceived impressions is only a temporary part of the being and might result in them exclusively only in certain surrounding circumstances and on the definite condition that the information which constitutes all his foundation and entirety should without fail be from time to time so to say freshened or repeated otherwise these formerly perceived impressions change of themselves or even entirely so to say evaporates out of the common presence of the three brained being. Although in respect of the Sacred Triamazikamno, the process of the arising of both kinds of being reason flows equally. Yet the fulfilling factors for the actualization of its three separate holy forces are different. Namely for the formation of the reason of knowing, the formally perceived contradictory impressions crystallized in any of the three localizations, which three brain beings have, serve as the affirming and denying factors and the new impressions proceeding from without serve in this case as the third factor and for the reason of understanding these factors are as follows the first that is the sacred affirming is the newly perceived impressions of any localization which has at the given moment what is called the center of gravity functioning; the second or sacred denying is the corresponding data present in another of his localizations and the third factor is what is called the being Autokolizikners or as or as they otherwise call it Hoodazbabognari, the sense of which name signifies the results of the persevering actual izing of the striving towards the manifestation of one’s own individuality. By the way you might as well hear still once more even if you do know it that the set being-Autokolizikners are formed in the presences of three brain beings in general in all three localizations exclusively only from the results of the actualization of being Partkdolg-duty that is to say thanks to those factors which from the very beginning of the arising of the three brain beings our UNIBEING COMMON FATHER designed to be the means for self perfection. It is these same formations in the common presences of three brain beings which are actualized as the third holy force of the sacred Triamazikamno for the arising of the reason of understanding. This is the diagram that I am calling the Human Octave. In this diagram is shown the states and possible bodies of a three brain being the infant, youth, and adult in the perfection of personality, Artist/Dancer/Musician in the perfection of the arts. The objective scientist philosopher in the perfection of thought. The body Kesdjan in the perfection of agape love, the Soul in the perfection of gnosis, and perfected Soul aligned with God at the higher ‘do’. These states and bodies can be listed by order of Reason: first the Reason of the Body (personality) ‘do’- ‘re’ to ‘mi’- ‘fa’ corresponding to the senses of touch, taste, and smell. Second the Reason of Emotion (angels) at ‘fa’ corresponding to hearing. Third the Reason of Thinking (Degindad) (Archangels) at ‘sol’ corresponding to seeing. Fourth the reason of the body Kesdjan (Ternoonald) at ‘la’ corresponding to the Vestibular System and Fifth: the Reason of the Soul (Podkoolad) at ‘ti’ corresponding to the Proprioception System. and Seventh the Reason of God (Anklad) at the higher ‘do’, after passing through Purgatory (the 6th). Beezebub’s Tales to to His Grandson Chapter 47 The Inevitable Result of Impartial Meditation During the solemn sacred action horns little by little began to grow upon the head of Beelzebub. At first while just the bare horns were being formed only a concentrated quiet gravely prevailed among those assembled. But from the moment that forks began to appear upon the horns a tense interest and rapt attention began to be manifested among them. This latter state proceeded among them because everybody was agitated by the wish to learn how many forks would make their appearance on Beelzebub, since by their number of the gradation of Reason to which Beelzebub had attained according to the sacred measure of Reason would be defined. First one fork formed then another and then a third and as each fork made its appearance a clearly perceptible thrill of joy and unconcealed satisfaction proceeded among all those present as the fourth fork began to be formed on the horns. The tension those assembled reached its height since the formation of the fourth fork on the horn signified that the reason of Beelzebub had already been perfected to the sacred Ternoonald and hence that there remained for Beelzebub only two gradations before attaining to the sacred Anklad. When the whole of this unusual ceremony neared its end and before all those assembled had had time to recover their a self possession from their earlier joyful agitation, there suddenly and unexpectedly appeared on the horns of Beelzebub quite independently a fifth fork of a special form known to them all. Thereupon all without exception even the venerable Archangel himself fell prostrate before Beelzebub who had now risen to his feet and stood transfigured with a majestic appearance owing to the truly majestic horns which had arisen on his head. All fell prostrate before Beelzebub because by the fifth fork on his horns it was indicated that He had attained the Reason of the sacred Podkoolad, the last gradation before the Reason of the sacred Anklad. The Reason of the sacred Anklad is the highest to which in general any being can attain, being the third in degree from the Absolute Reason of HIS ENDLESSNESS HIMSELF but the reason of the sacred Podkoolad, to which Beelzebub had already perfected himself, is also very rare in the universe hence even the venerable Archangel prostrated himself before Beelzebub because his own degree of Reason was as yet only that of the sacred Degindad wanting three degrees to the Reason of the sacred Anklad. When all had arisen to their feet, the venerable Archangel addressing this time all the assembled beings of various natures proclaimed. Beings created by one Creator, we have all just become worthy to be the first to behold the final formation of the appearance of that which is the dream both of all those present and of the beings in general of the whole of our great Megalocosmos. And now let us all together exalt and rejoice over such a worthiness, which is for us is such a revivifying shock for our ability to struggle against our own denying source, which ability alone can lead us to that sacred Podkoolad attained by one of the sons of our COMMON FATHER who although he first transgressed on account of his youth, yet afterwards was able by his conscious labors and intentional sufferings to become worthy with his essence to be one of the very rare Sacred Individuals of the whole of our Great Universe. It must be clear that the building of a Soul is more difficult than the body Kesdjan with the Kesdjanian body there is a direct correlation between one’s emotions (the endocrine system) and conscience. It is by impartial observation of the struggle between emotions and thoughts (being Partkdolg-duty) that this emotional body centered at the heart is built and nourished. The body Kesdjan is the state that most people would call a true human being. it either has been achieved or wished to be achieved by most rational people. It was in the sensing of this body Kesdjan that Hassein and Professor Skridlov were brought to tears. Its state is so magical and fulfilling that it makes one yearn for a Soul. But is it really enough to aspire to be an angel? What is so high and mighty about an archangel? The building of a Soul is in the University of God. Titles or suffix letters at the end of one’s name are no use here. The traditional angel spends its days playing the harp, being more content with being in emotional bliss. Is that really enough? The Archangels spend their time trying to figure out the functioning of God’s universe and as we have seen making mistakes. Intellect based on bad assumptions is always a waste of time. A human being wanting to build a Soul uses the hippocampus which plays a central role in the consolidation of new memories to make sure that the information stored is a value, uses the amygdala in a primary role to perform the processing of memory, decision-making, and emotional responses, uses the orbital frontal cortex in the frontal lobe in the process of decision making, and other limbic functions yet to be discovered. Whereas emotion appears to have the obvious value of affecting others for good, science and philosophy having merely changed chariots into cars and guns into lasers is mostly rejected. The math mistakes like black holes, time travel, and the Big Bang are the ones that excite the imagination, but gnosis (objective thinking and philosophy) seems too boring. But for those who do not want to play harps all day, gnosis is essential to control the complex connection between the Limbic System and the Sexual Center. In the Hackneyed Carriage metaphor, the driver using gnosis must balance the crucial interaction of sexual energy and ecstasy, while simultaneously holding on to the eternal question of how something can come from nothing or nothing become something. Just as you can only know the body Kesdjan when you have it in the warmth in the center of your chest, so it is with the Soul: you will have the answer when you have the gnosis that radiates as a halo around your head or like Beelzebub: five branching horns.