Chapter 4: Love Cannot Deliver the Goods
“A hundred and fifty dollars,” said the advertiser.
“And how much milk does she give?”
“Four gallons a day,” he replied.
“But how do I know that she will actually give that amount?” asked the purchaser.
“Oh, you can trust me,” reassured the advertiser. “I’m a Baptist Deacon.”
“I’ll buy it,” replied the other. “I’ll take the cow home and bring you the money later. You can trust me. I’m a Presbyterian Elder.”
When the Deacon arrived home he asked his wife, “What is a Presbyterian Elder?”
“Oh,” she explained, “a Presbyterian Elder is about the same as a Baptist Deacon.”
“Oh dear!” groaned the Deacon, “I have lost my cow!”
Gurdjieff is right. If you want to remain religious in the old sense never go close to a priest, it is better to keep away. If you really want to become religious then it is very good to go and watch a priest as closely as possible. That will show you the reality of the so-called priests and the reality of their so-called religions. That will annihilate Mohammedanism, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism in your mind.
And then for the first time you will inquire, you will start inquiring what true religion is - beyond the dogmas and the churches and the creeds, beyond the conflicts, beyond the theologies. You will start inquiring what true God is.
And that makes a man a Sufi or a Zen seeker or a Hasid.
Enough for today.