Before launching into the metaphysics of Gurdjieff's unique version of Creation, the most important contribution contained in the last half of this essay is the deciphering of two strange anomolies:
Gurdjieff's Imaginative Creation Story shown with two Three Body Enneagrams
All civilizations have a Creation Story to understand how they began. The hope is that this understanding will give a purpose to life especially since life seems to vary from good to bad, from pain to ecstasy, from heaven to hell.
The Judeo-Christian version contains two Creations, God pronounces that the first Creation was 'good'. In Gurdjieff's Creation this would be an affirmation that the Law of Triamazikamno (the Law of Three) and Law of Heptaparaparshinokh (the Law of Seven) were fully functioning as 'Autoegocrat'. The Law of Seven resembles the Seven Days of the Judeo-Christian Creation showing that the Law of Seven is a universal law. The Law of Three is in Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Immediately following the first Judeo-Christian Creation, God proceeds to create mankind over again with Adam and Eve from dust and by tempting them to eat a forbidden fruit that contains the knowledge of good and evil, expels them from Paradise. The implication is that once we know the truth about the evil of the world, we must spend a lifetime trying to get back to Paradise, only to eventually die and then perhaps return again to Paradise. This brings to thought the question of whether Paradise ever existed until we were thrown out.
In Gurdjieff's Creation Story 'His Endlessness' (God) is existing with his cherubim and seraphim on a place called the Holy Sun Absolute realizing that his domain will eventually disappear from the erosion of Time itself. The solution of 'His Endlessness' is to modify the sacred Law of Seven that exists inside the sacred Law of Three in order to create the whole Universe in order to replenish his domain. This clever metaphor falls apart because it is Time that confirms our existence. If one could forever sit still silently, Time would appear to stand still and in that moment there would be no thought, no feeling, no hunger; it would be Paradise or as Buddha would say: Nirvana. Yet our existence is subject to Time. If there were no Time then we or God would not exist.
In the Scientific Creation story, there is the concept of the Big Bang that is derived from our observation of galaxies moving out from an infinitesimal point into infinity. We may try to explain this with mathematics, thermodynamics, and physics, but the truth is that before the Big Bang there was no Big Bang. Something can not arise from nothing unless something is already present. Matter and Energy cannot be created or destroyed,
All Creation stories have as their basis the belief that total perfection once existed, yet we must face the truth that if this total perfection was left uncreated then we or God would not exist. All of Creation requires a change to the principles on which perfection existed. If it were possible for these changes to be reversed by everything and everyone, then this Perfection would eliminate the chance of anyone achieving Perfection; but if a few of us work towards Perfection, then it can be obtained. Thus, there will always be Good and Evil. All life is pain. This can be the salvation of the few.
|Holy Planet Purgatory Chapter 39 page 748-750|
"In the beginning, when nothing yet existed and when the whole of our Universe was empty endless space with the presence of only the prime-source cosmic substance , 'Etherokrilno,' our present Most Great and Most Most Holy Sun Absolute existed alone in all this empty space, and it was on this then sole cosmic concentration that our UNI-BEING CREATOR with HIS cherubim and seraphim had the place of HIS most glorious Being.
The above figure first introduced in my talk 'All & Everything about Gurdjieff's Stopinders' was derived from the enneagram circle with the musical interval proportions mapped with a protractor using the formula: Interval*360-360. All twelve musical intervals are mapped for each of the three bodies: Body, Spirit and Soul. (Note that 'fa' is exactly on the right point of the inner triangle and 'la' is exactly on the left point with 'sol' at the base of the triangle exactly opposite the top of the triangle at 'do'.)
What is significant is that there are no points of action: everything is complete and perfect. There is no Universe and actually no Endlessness to observe it and thus there is really is no erosion of time. This 'Autoegocrat' octave, shown above, does not sound and no one hears it. Thus, His Endlessness had to have already created the Universe with imperfection in order for it to exist, as follows:
|Holy Planet Purgatory Chapter 39 page 753|
"Our COMMON FATHER OMNI-BEING ENDLESSNESS, having decided to change the principle of the maintenance of the existence of this then still unique cosmic concentration and sole place of HIS most glorious Being, first of all altered the process itself of the functioning of these two primordial fundamental sacred laws, and HE actualized the greater change in the law of the sacred Heptaparaparshinokh.
The explanation for this lengthening and shortening of two Stopinders can be shown by comparing the first diagram below titled 'Endlessness Autoegocrat' (which gives no gaps available for forces to enter in) to the second diagram labled 'Endlessness Altered Stopinders' which is the usual one first shown by Gurdjieff to Ouspensky, that allows for two gaps. To create this usual diagram from the diagram of 'Autoegocrat',
These two places are the primary points where forces can be entered into the Enneagram to create the Sprit and Soul.
In the inner blue triangle of the Body, its righthand point is where the breath enters in and also becomes the starting 'do' of the Spirit Octave and its lefthand point represents the senses that become the starting point of the Soul Octave
Creation proceeds using the action of the Sacred-Triamazikamno
and by means of the Amazing Power of the disharmonized
|Holy Planet Purgatory Chapter 39 page 754|
Picking up from #3 (the third altered Stopinder listed previously):
#3 (neutralizing) (disharmonized) "As regards the third Stopinder, then changed in its 'subjective action' and which is fifth in the general successiveness" (sol-la) "and is called 'Harnel-Aoot', its disharmony flowed by itself from the change of the two aforementioned Stopinders." This disharmony in its subjective functioning, flowing from its asymmetry so to say in relation to the whole entire completing process of the sacred Heptaparaparshinokh, consists in the following:
How it is that 'Harnel-Aoot' can control all of Creation singlehandedly without the participation of the other changed Stopinders First (fa-sol) and Second (ti-do) seems inexplicable. Perhaps its name can shed light on it function as its prefix 'Harnel' is the same as "Harnel-miatznel," which is the process by which the three forces: active, passive and neutralizing combine together to create a tangible result. I believe that 'Harnel-Aoot' is actually three forces matching the three forces active, passive and neutralizing and thus Harnel-Aoot at position 'sol' (sol-la) should be designated as 'Harnel-Aoot #3' and then designating Harnel-Aoot #2' at position 'mi-fa' ('mechano-coinciding-Mdnel-In') and 'Harnel-Aoot #1' at position 'ti-do' ('intentionally-actualized-Mdnel-In').
From this it is possible to make sense of the Creation
|Definitions||First Order Sun||Holy Sun Absolute||Theomertmalogos|
|First Level of Creation|
|Second Order Sun||Star||Sun|
|Grouping of Second Order Suns||Galaxy||Milky Way|
|Second Level of Creation||Third Order Sun||Planet||Earth|
|Grouping of Third Order Suns||Solar System||Our Solar System|
|Third Level of Creation||Microcosmos||cells/atoms||Human Being||Grouping of Microcosmos||organic life/matter||Civilizations|
|Holy Planet Purgatory Chapter 39 page 757|
"The Most Most Holy Theomertmalogos began to manifest itself in the quality of the third holy force" (Neutralizing) "of the sacred Triamazikamno; the results of any one of the newly arisen Second-order-Suns began to serve as the first holy force;" (Active) "and the results of all the other newly arisen Second-order- Suns in relation to this mentioned one newly arisen Sun, as the second holy force" (Passive) "of this sacred law."
(It is assumed that 'Harnel-Aoot' #1 acts here as it is listed first and the project needs 100% to produce the infinite results.)
|Holy Planet Purgatory Chapter 39 page 757-758|
"Thanks to the process of the common-cosmic sacred Triamazikamno thus established in the space of the Universe, crystallizations of different what is called 'density' gradually began to be formed around each of the Second-order-Suns out of that same prime-source Etherokrilno, and grouping themselves around these newly arisen Suns, new concentrations began to take form, as a result of which more new Suns were obtained, but this time 'Third-order-Suns.' These third-order concentrations are just those cosmic concentrations which at the present time are called planets."
(The assumption is that this is 'Harnel-Aoot' #2:100% internal for the reasons shown on the next level and it does appear to be manifested locally.)
|Holy Planet Purgatory Chapter 39 page 758-760|
"At this very place in the process of the first outer cycle of the fundamental sacred Heptaparaparshinokh, namely, after the formation of the Third-order-Suns or planets, just here, owing to the changed fifth deflection of the sacred Heptaparaparshinokh, which as I have already said is now called Harnel-Aoot, the initially given momentum for the fundamental completing process, having lost half the force of its vivifyingness, began in its further functioning to have only half of the manifestation of its action outside itself, and the other half for itself, i.e., for its very own functioning, the consequences of which were that on these last big results, i.e., on these said Third-order-Suns or planets, there began to arise what are called, 'similarities-to-the-already-arisen.'"
('Harnel-Aoot' #3: 50%/50% is explicitly stated here but it is unclear about whether it applies to the planets on the level above or to this level of Microcosmos. (It is interesting to look at Ouspensky's 'In Search of the Miraculous' pg 215 where G. says, "The Tritocosmos is man; Microcosmos is the 'atom' or 'microbe'" but now here he has defined Tritocosmos as planets on the previous level.Thus this may explain the confusion. The premise here is to assume 'Harnel-Aoot' #3 50%/50% to be present here and thus by the process of elimination 'Harnel-Aoot' #2:100% internal must apply to the previous level of the planets.)
"And as after this, surrounding conditions of actualizations were everywhere established corresponding to the manifestation of the second particularity of the fifth Stopinder of the fundamental sacred Heptaparaparshinokh, therefore from then on the actualization of the fundamental outer cycle of the sacred Heptaparaparshinokh ceased, and all the action of its functioning entered forever into the results already manifested by it, and in them there began to proceed its inherent permanent processes of transformation, called 'evolution' and 'involution'." (This would another support 'Harnel-Aoot' #3 50%/50%.)
"The smallest 'relatively independent formation' on the planets, which arose thanks to the new inherency of the fifth Stopinder" (Harnel-Aoot) "of the sacred Heptaparaparshinokh and which is the very smallest similarity to the Whole, was called 'Microcosmos,' and, finally, those formations of the 'Microcosmos' and which also became concentrated on the planets, this time thanks to the second-order cosmic law called 'mutual attraction of the similar,' were named 'Tetartocosmoses.'"
(For these reasons it is appropriate for 'Harnel-Aoot' #3:50%/50% internal/external to be active here.)
|Dark Matter||Photons||lower do|
|Holy Planet Purgatory Chapter 39 page 775|
"And indeed, each of them is the image of God, not of that 'God' which they have in their bobtailed picturings, but of the real God, by which word we sometimes still call our common Megalocosmos. Each of them to the smallest detail is exactly similar, but of course in miniature, to the whole of our Megalocosmos, and in each of them there are all of those separate functionings, which in our common Megalocosmos actualize the cosmic harmonious Iraniranumange or 'exchange of substances,' maintaining the existence of everything existing in the Megalocosmos as one whole."
|Holy Planet Purgatory Chapter 39 page 777-778|
|Holy Planet Purgatory Chapter 39 page 779-780|
|Holy Planet Purgatory Chapter 39 page 780-781|
"And so, the three-brained beings of the planet Earth are not only, as we also are, apparatuses for the transformation of the cosmic substances required for the Most Great Trogoautoegocrat with the qualities of all the three forces of the fundamental common-cosmic Triamazikamno, but also, themselves absorbing these substances for transformation from three different sources of independent arisings, have all the possibilities of assimilating besides the substances necessary for the maintenance of their own existence, also those substances which go for the coating and perfecting of their own higher-being-bodies. In this manner those three-sourced substances entering their common presences for transformation are, just as for us, a threefold kind of being-food.
|Let us thank God for creating this imperfect world, because it is precisely these imperfections that will allow each one of us the chance to join God in Heaven. You may pretend that the world is full of Joy, but if you take off your rose-colored glasses and accept the pain, you will find your salvation in God. Hope to see you there with all the Souls who struggled their whole lives. Listen to my song: Timeless Food (Timeless Food)|