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Chapter 3: The Secret Taste of Honey on the Tongue

That emptiness is the source of all. When you have once touched, lived, been in that emptiness, only then will you know how much you were missing. For the first time you will become aware that you were asleep for centuries, for lives together. Right now you are asleep.

Gurdjieff used to say to his disciples that they were somnambulists - moving, walking, talking in their sleep. The first thing is not morality but how to shock you into awareness. Gurdjieff’s greatest disciple was P.D. Ouspensky. P.D. Ouspensky has dedicated his book In Search of the Miraculous to his master with these words: To Gurdjieff, to my master, who has disturbed my sleep forever.

Yes, the master is there to disturb your sleep. The sleep is nothing but the mind; mind is another name for your sleep. This is the distinction between the Confucian thought and the Lao-Tzuan thought. Confucius is an ordinary moralist, a puritan, one who believes in conditioning people, in disciplining people. Lao Tzu is a rebellious man who believes in taking people beyond all conditionings - unconditioning people. Only in freedom is God possible, only in utter freedom is truth possible.

Seek this utter freedom. Destroy conditionings. Destroy by and by all the layers that hold you down. Take off. The whole sky is yours - in fact, even the sky is not the limit.

Enough for today.