Chapter 11: The Psychology of Egolessness
The truth remains silent. Unless you are ready to receive it, it will not even knock on your doors. The false is afraid that unless much smoke is created around it, the falsity of it will be seen by you. So beware of the rationalizations of the false, its propaganda, its argumentation, its proofs. And also remember the silence of truth - utter silence, absolute silence. Truth will never persuade you; it will wait - it can wait for eternity. But the false cannot wait, it is momentary, it can’t be so patient. It has to persuade you, it has to seduce you as immediately as possible. The false is hypnotizing. Their ways are totally opposite.
Truth is achieved through awakening, and the false is achieved through deep sleep. The false is like a tranquilizer: it is very consoling, comfortable, cozy, secure, safe. It gives you all kinds of protections, insurances. It goes on telling you, “Be with me and I will protect you. I am your guardian, your guide, your friend, your philosopher.” The truth never claims anything.
Unless you become utterly fed up with the false and its claims - which are all bogus. It talks much, but it never delivers any goods. Unless you become totally frustrated, fed up, bored with it, you are not going to look at the silent truth; you are not going to listen to the still, small voice within. And that voice is the voice of existence. It is universal; it has nothing to do with you.
The true will is not yours. It is the whole speaking through you, functioning through you. The false gives you the idea of great ego - “I am somebody” - and the true takes all ego away. It makes you a nothingness, a nobody. Only through your nobodiness can the whole function unhindered.
Yes, Gurdjieff is right. And whatsoever is true with Gurdjieff is true here too - is true forever. Wherever a master exists, the false has to be surrendered.
That actually is the function of sannyas. It is a device to surrender the false. Sannyas means you surrender your ego. You say to the master, “Please take this burden off my head.” You bow down, you touch the feet of the master. That is simply symbolic: “Now I will not function as a separate entity from you.”
And the master is one who has surrendered his will already, who no longer exists as a person, who is only a presence, a window into existence. And when you surrender to the window you are surrendering to the sky beyond. The window will only make the sky available.
The West has not developed the technique of the master-disciple relationship yet. A few rare individuals tried, but they failed. Socrates was trying in Athens but he failed; he was not listened to. Jesus was trying again; he failed. The West has remained concerned, concentratedly focused on the false. It believes in the ego. The East believes in egolessness.
The Western psychology says to make the ego stronger. It is a psychology of the false - rooted in the false, supporting the false. The East says: “Let the ego melt, disappear, evaporate.” It is the psychology of egolessness. This is a totally different standpoint.
Gurdjieff was again trying to bring the East to the West. He also failed. It is very difficult; centuries are against it, and the hypnosis and the conditioning of the society are against it. Even his own chief disciple, P.D. Ouspensky, could not understand him, misunderstood him. He betrayed him, just as Judas betrayed Jesus.