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August 5, 2010

 
 

8. Lunacy & Feeding the Moon
 
“The moon at present feeds on organic life, on humanity ... this means that humanity is food for the moon.  If all men were to become too intelligent they would not want to be eaten by the moon.”  (Gurdjieff, in Ouspensky, 1949, p. 57)
According to Mr. G., the moon is a living being, as are the planets, the earth and sun.  However, it is a planet in birth, in its early stages of development, capable of eventually attaining the degree of intelligence of the earth.  At one time, the sun existed at the level of earth, while the earth was like the moon.  As the ray of creation evolves, these cosmic bodies attain higher levels of intelligence, although this is not guaranteed. As it is, the moon has no or little atmosphere or rotation, and supports no organic life of its own.  However, it maintains important roles in reference to the growth, life and evolution of organic life on earth.  Gurdjieff describes the moon’s influence as a primary motive force effecting human’s mechanical and unconscious actions: 
“All his movements and consequently all his actions are controlled by the moon. If he kills another man, the moon does it; if he sacrifices himself for others, the moon does that also.  All evil deeds, all crimes, all self-sacrificing actions, all heroic exploits, as well as the actions of everyday life, are controlled by the moon.”  (Ouspensky, 1949, p. 85)
Ouspensky’s student, Rodney Collin, provides an astonishing and horrifying depiction of how the moon causes common patterns of mechanical movement, gestures and activity among humanity asleep:
... with large numbers of lazy and sedentary people in modern life ... their lives contain almost no intentional movement, they are completely filled with unintentional movement, aimless movement, movement wholly under the Moon’s sway. ... Not only all obvious kinds of fidgeting, restlessness, mechanical gestures of the hands and arms, changes of bodily position, stroking the face and chin, tapping with fingers or feet ... the mechanical play of the facial muscles ... they are never still. ... Almost all the waking and sleeping life of many city-dwellers is occupied by involuntary, unrecognized and completely aimless motion. This is what it means to be under the power of the moon. ... Again, we may say that a very large part of human life is given over to the performance of habits; and that all this is under the influence of the Moon. ... Chief weakness is thus built on habit, habit on involuntary action, and involuntary action on pointless movement. And the primary cause of this whole sequence is the apparently innocent influence of the Moon upon liquid matter. (Collin, 1980, pp.112-4)
 Collin’s suggests possible mechanisms for lunar influences–through effects upon the liquid mass of the planet.   Not only are the oceans subject to the tidal effect of the moon but so are liquids incorporated in organic matter.  “Whenever there is liquid there is lunar motion.” (p.111)   The moon counters the pull of the earth on organic life and holds organic liquids in suspension.  Collin argues that the moon acts upon the lymph system which has no pump of its own (as does the blood circulation powered by the heart and related to the Sun).  Thus, the moon maintains the lymph system in suspension which requires movement on the part of person in order to renew lymph circulation.  The “lymph itch” demands continual unconscious movement in order to dissipate the irritation that would otherwise build up.

In terms of humans’ abnormal psychology, it is not only habits of movement, but all manifestation of false personality with its destructive habits and negative emotions which are under the influence of the ninety-six laws of the moon.  The pathological expressions of humanity asleep, especially the process of reciprocal destruction, “feed the moon,” all related to the lunacy of humankind and the most mechanical manifestations of the strange human psyche.   Ouspensky (1957) explains:
All our mechanicalness depends on the moon.  We are like marionettes moved by wires, but we can be more free of the moon or less free.  When we understand that, we will understand the way to become more free is by not identifying, not considering, struggling with negative emotions, and so on.  At present we cannot move a step without the energy of the moon ...  All sleeping people are under the influence of the moon ... but if a man develops, he can gradually cut some of the wires that are undesirable and can open himself to higher influences.  In this way, he can become free from the moon.  (Ouspensky, 1957, p.198)
 Another major facet of the moon’s control over humanity concerns how the moon feeds off the souls of human beings and other organic life forms.  Gurdjieff presents a picturesque view: “The moon is a huge living being feeding upon all that lives and grows on the earth.”  (1949, p, 85)   Ouspensky explains:
...when anything dies–whether man or cockroach–its soul goes to the moon.  (p.213)  ...  The term ‘soul’ is used is in the system in the sense of life-principle. The soul may be described as a cloud of fine matters or energies connected together and bound to the physical body.  As long as it is in the body, the body is alive and body and soul make one thing. When they separate, we say that the body dies. It is this that distinguishes a piece of dead meat from living flesh.  (1957, p.180)
The term soul is used here to refer to the fine matter/energies that serve as the vital or animating principle within the body.  In a human, the soul may be highly underdeveloped, in which case it has few psychic properties.  Gurdjieff portrays the fate of such souls eaten by the moon:
 
“The souls that go to the moon, possessing perhaps even a certain amount of consciousness and memory, find themselves there under ninety-six laws, in the conditions of mineral life, or to put it differently, in conditions from which there is no escape apart from a general evolution in immeasurably long planetary cycles.  The moon is ‘at the extremity,’ at the end of the world; it is the ‘outer darkness’ of the Christian doctrine ‘where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’” (1949, p. 85)
 In Beelzebub’s Tales, G. explains that many of the woes which have befallen humanity, relate to an early cosmic catastrophe which occurred when a comet collided with the earth and broke off two fragments, the moon and a secondary moon unknown to us.  After this, the sacred vibrations Askokin were required to be sent to the moons in order to maintain them.   However, as humans developed, the possibility was raised that they might attain Objective Reason, as usually occurs among three-brained beings within other solar systems.  In this case, they would realize the “stupendous terror” of their position–that by their existence, their lives and death, they are simply maintaining the moon.  If humans realized the horror of the situation and their slavery to the moon, they might “be unwilling to continue their existence and would on principle destroy themselves.” (1950, p. 88)  It was for this reason, that the accursed organ Kundabuffer was implanted in humans, so that they would perceive reality topsy-turvy and be conditioned simply by sensations of pleasure and enjoyment. 

Although the organ kundabuffer was latter removed, its effects on humankind’s psyche had become crystallized in their presences, and passed from generation to generation.  A number of particularly destructive processes were then observed on planet earth, including increases in the birthrate and the emergence of warfare–the process of reciprocal destruction.   Beelzebub describes this horror to his grandson:

“... it was possible sometimes to observe very strange manifestations of theirs, that is, from time to time they did something which was never done by three-brained beings on other planets, namely, they would suddenly, without rhyme or reason, begin destroying one another’s existence. ...  from this horrible process of theirs their numbers rapidly diminished ... .”  (1950, p. 91)
Wars and animal sacrifice are particularly horrific processes which produce a surplus of the Sacred Askokin vibrations, threatening not only the evolution of the moon and its atmosphere, but also, the broader cosmic harmony.

Beelzebub explains that although the moon eventually became stabilised, varied Most High Sacred Individuals then made other cosmic adjustments in order that the Sacred Askokin be produced through other means.  In particular, this sacred substance exists in a state blended with two other sacred substances “Abrustdonis” and “Helkdonis,” but must be released in order to feed the moon.  These substances are in fact those substances by which the Kesdjan (or astral) body and the mental body (or the body of the Soul) are formed and perfected.  Unfortunately again, these sacred substances are only separated through being efforts–conscious labours and intentional sufferings, or being Parktdolg duties, which are seldom fulfilled given the general degradation of the human psyche and the deterioration of the quality of vibrations given off by humankind. 

And so, woe to humanity, through the processes of reciprocal destruction, declining longevity and death, the poor souls produce the vibrations required to maintain the moons.  The souls feed the moon and the nuts become fertilizer.  The inner cosmos of a human being is intimately connected with the larger cosmos of the solar system and even the universe.

Footnote:  The contemporary heart master, Adi Da (1995) in his autobiography, The Knee of Listening, recounts his experiences of the lunar realm: “There were also times when I saw and learned the workings of psychic planes and subtler worlds.  I remember once for a period of days I was aware of a world that appeared to survive in our moon.  It was a superphysical world or astral world where beings were sent off to birth on the earth or other worlds, and then their bodies were enjoyed cannibalistically by the older generation on the moon, or they were forced to work as physical and mental slaves.” (p. 108)  Adi Da’s remarks are clearly in keeping with Gurdjieff’s claims about the lunar world, and its feeding off the soul energies released by the death of organic life forms. 

 
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