By Bruce Chilton
When they arrived on the position which God had indicated to him, Abraham built
an altar there, and organized the wooden. Then he sure his son and placed him on
the altar on most sensible of the wooden. Abraham stretched out his hand and took the
knife to kill his son . . .” —The e-book of Genesis
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Of course, under the visible forms a certain sense is hidden, but I did not aim at demonstrating or emphasizing it. The chief position in this ballet is occupied by certain dances. I will explain this to you briefly. Imagine that in studying the laws of movement of the celestial bodies, let us say the planets of the solar system, you have constructed a special mechanism for the representation and recording of these laws. In this mechanism every planet is represented by a sphere of appro- priate size and is placed at a strictly determined distance from the central sphere, which stands for the sun.
All the same, the temptation to apply them and the insistence on the necessity for doing so, as well as the emphasis laid on the miraculous nature of the results and the concealment of their dark sides, will lead a man to try them. Perhaps, in trying them, a man will find methods which are harmless for him. Perhaps, in applying them, he will even get something from them. In general, all the methods for selfdevelopment which are offered, whether for verification, as a means, or as an end, are often contradictory and incomprehensible.
Mr. Gurdjieff went on, "For such music special conditions will be needed, and then The Struggle of the Magicians would not be a mere spectacle. As it is now there will only be fragments of the music I heard in certain temples, and even such true music would convey nothing to the hearers because the keys to it are lost and perhaps have never been known in the West. The keys to all the ancient arts are lost, were lost many centuries ago. And therefore there is no longer a sacred art embodying laws of the Great Knowledge, and so serving to influence the instincts of the multitude.
Abraham's Curse: The Roots of Violence in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam by Bruce Chilton