The Secret of the Moon & the Nature of War
By ROBERT BLACK
What is war? It is the result of planetary influence. Somewhere up there two or three planets have approached too near each other: tension results… here, on the Earth, people begin to slaughter one another… They fail to realise to what extent they are pawns in the game… it must be understood that neither… generals, nor ministers, nor parliaments, signify anything or can do anything.
– G. I. Gurdjieff
War may be understood in many ways. Materialists see it simply as an outgrowth of our animal instincts and the battle for survival while others may see a more conspiratorial hand at play. There is another view, one found at the heart of esotericism, especially that of the Fourth Way taught by the spiritual teacher G.I. Gurdjieff (1866?-1949). It is a view that argues war comes not from inside man or from governments, economics or politics, but from outside. It ultimately derives from various configurations and interactions of the planets, especially the Moon, and from the fact man exists in such an undeveloped state that he is totally unprotected from such influences. Unless we understand this and take full conscious control of our lives, we will be bounced back and forth by not only planetary forces but by the ebb and flow of everyday existence. Gurdjieff called this lack of control the influence of the Law of Accident.
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