People will leave him immediately the moment they will see that he is asking for the money. And he was not like me: he will ask for the whole money – “Whatsoever you have, you give. Surrender.” But those who surrendered, they were blessed; they totally were transformed. That became the beginning. That was the breaking point from where everything became different. For a person who was too attached to money, it was a great thing to give all.
It happened once: A woman, a great musician, came to him, and he asked for all the ornaments that she had. She was really in deep trust with him; she immediately gave all the ornaments. By the evening, those ornaments were returned to her. But not only did she find those ornaments there, a few more were added by Gurdjieff in the bag – more valuable than her own ornaments. She couldn’t understand what was happening.
Then just fifteen days afterwards another woman came, a very rich woman, and Gurdjieff asked for whatsoever she had – all ornaments and money and everything – to be put in a bag and given to him; only then he starts the work. The woman was afraid. She said, “I will think and tomorrow I will reply.” Then she heard about this musician woman. She went to her and asked, “What has happened?” She told the whole story. Then she was very happy. She said, “Then It is good, a good business – a bargain: you give a few ornaments and they are almost doubled.” Immediately, in the night – she could not wait for the next day – immediately, she put all the ornaments in it, in the bag, gave it to Gurdjieff…. It was never returned. The woman waited and waited but it was never returned.
You cannot understand, on the surface, what is happening. The woman who surrendered was not attached to the money; there was no point in taking it. Gurdjieff returned it with more ornaments added. The other woman gave the money as a bargain. She was obsessed with the money; the money cannot be returned. But even the other woman changed, understanding the whole phenomenon of why they were not returned.
Don’t bother. What I do and what I do not do – that is not your concern, not your worry. You are enough in your own worries; you have too much of your own problems. Don’t bother about me. I have my own ways. And don’t try to advise me – just forget about it. Just think about your own self, why you are here. And you can miss for small things because those things will close your eyes. “Why this?” and “Why that?” – that is not for you to think about.
I know what is going on, and every step that I take is very, very consideredly taken. And in my life I have never repented for anything that I have done: it was the thing to do.
But the woman who goes on asking about the car, about the house, this and that – and she is a rich woman, in fact, very rich – she is afraid about her own money: she is protecting her own miserliness. And she is thinking she is asking very relevant questions. But if she remains here I am going to break the ice. The only point is if she has the courage to be here for a few days. And her miserliness has to be broken, because without it being broken she will never grow. If she is really afraid, she should escape – she should escape as immediately as possible – because soon there will be no possibility to escape.