G.I.Gurdjieff – BT: p. 360 pdf
“My dear and beloved Grandfather, tell me, please, what does the word Legominism mean?” Hassein asked.
“This word Legominism,” replied Beelzebub, “is given to one of the means existing there of transmitting from generation to generation information about certain events of long-past ages, through just those three-brained beings who are thought worthy to be and who are called initiates. “This means of transmitting information from generation to generation had been devised by the beings of the continent Atlantis. For your better understanding of the said means of transmitting information to beings of succeeding generations by means of a Legominism, I must here explain to you a little also about those beings there whom other beings called and call initiates.
“In former times there on the planet Earth, this word was always used in one sense only; and the three-brained beings there who were called initiates were those who had acquired in their presences almost equal objective data which could be sensed by other beings. “But during the last two centuries this word has come to be used there now in two senses:
“In one sense it is used for the same purpose as before, that is to say, those beings there are so named who became initiates thanks to their personal conscious labors and intentional sufferings; and thereby as I have already told you, they acquire in themselves objective merits which can be sensed by other beings irrespective of brain-system, and which also evoke in others trust and respect.
“In the other sense, those beings call each other by this name who belong to those what are called there ‘criminal gangs’ which in the said period have greatly multiplied there and whose members have as their chief aim to ‘steal’ from those around them only ‘essence-values.’ “Under the pretense of following ‘supernatural’ or ‘mystic’ sciences, these criminal gangs there are really occupied, and very successfully, with this kind of plunder. “And so, any and every genuine member of such a gang there is called an initiate.
“There are even ‘great-initiates’ among these terrestrial initiates, and these great-initiates especially at the present time, are made out of those ordinary initiates of new formation, who in their ‘virtuoso-affairs’ pass as is said there, through ‘fire-water-copper-pipes-and-even-through-all-the-roulette-halls-of-Monte-Carlo.
The coming new man J van Rijckenborgh 1957:
“…..You will understand that delusion often presents itself to us as joy, beauty, and glory. The delusion of this world possesses many perspectives which, to a certain extent, are highly respectable and noble. These perspectives are suggested to us by forces which do their utmost to make of this world an ‘order’ acceptable to the Gnosis and in harmony with it.
These suggestions can in a certain respect be called noble and respectable too. Thus years and lives can pass filled with these noble deeds. Our days can be filled with numerous utterly selfless endeavours; we are burdened with humane activities. We want to improve and heal mankind, we pursue a whole series of practical ideals and rejoice at every milestone. The stamp of all this unselfish endeavour, of all these efforts, of all this struggle, expresses itself in our entire personality. Our eyes speak of the remoteness at which we gaze, of all we assume to be certain in the future. Assume to be certainty…, but that is delusion and delusion is mental illness, madness! If we pay close attention, we see this madness glowing like fire behind the pupils of the eyes. This fire of delusion burns very strongly in the world. Art, science, and natural religion demonstrate this. It blazes in natural occultism and humanism. This lake of fire, this burning flame is not kindled by conscious, deliberate wickedness, but rather these red flaming tongues ascend to heaven in a continuous potent effort to make this world-order acceptable and to make all divine powers work for this plan.
The largest natural-occult brotherhood of all times works at the execution of this plan, but without even the slightest success. It has trodden all paths in order to attain its goal, and though its intention was originally noble and unselfish from a certain point of view, it began in the distant past to use force in order to achieve its aims at any cost. But force requires power and the assertion of power requires means of power.
Do you recognize the tragedy of this brotherhood, the absolute consequence of madness? It plunged itself into an immeasurably deep abyss. In order to eliminate all opposed to it, it instituted its own law, established courts of justice, and passed sentences. In order to execute a sentence, the respective means are necessary. And so the means were provided. Thus prisons, torture chambers, murder, and killing came into being.
So there was and is an almost general imprisonment of all mankind. We are prisoners of this nature not only by our natural state, but also as a result of the magic of the brotherhood concerned. In every district of our cities, in every village and settlement in a huge part of the world, there are buildings in which the magic of permanent imprisonment is exercised so that countless millions of men and women lie bound, body and soul, and other millions are restricted in their freedom of movement to a great extent.
By very ancient methods, deriving from ancient Atlantis, pernicious ether-preparations are radiated into the atmosphere, hour by hour. Numerous black magic sub currents are therefore an inevitable accompanying phenomenon of the once noble goal, born of the fundamental delusion of dialectics. Just as the said brotherhood has the material sphere firmly in its grasp, so too is its power firmly founded in the reflection-sphere. There too it rules, together with its companions, through magic. After this explanation, you can perhaps imagine what it means when a person is excommunicated by these natural occultists. Such a person is struck by the radiation, personally directed and opposed to his or her life vibration, both here and in the reflection-sphere. What this means for someone who knows nothing of the liberating life, you can probably imagine. When such a person dies, he or she is immediately haunted in the hereafter by a violent, disquieting force, so that he is usually very quickly urged to an incarnation completely determined for him by outside forces.”