The complexities of Esoteric world’s view perception

There is such knowledge nowadays, called Esoteric, which cannot be received with the help of instruments and methods of the modern social science. It has got to us in the inheritance from the ancient advanced civilizations, which have constructed other social systems. Facing with esoteric heritage, the modern social person – maybe for the first time in a life – is facing with something, on what there no ready answer is prepared or rather the socially-scientific answer is prepared – “There’s no such thing and it can’t be never. All is your imaginations!”

For adequate perception of esoteric knowledge instead of the groundless denying of it or the blind acceptance on belief, it will be necessary to do some independent observations, comparisons and experiments. It will be necessary to work actively with own consciousness because all esoteric science is based exactly on the active work of human consciousness.

Let's quote the extract from G. I. Gurdjieff's doctrine:

“It may surprise you if I say that the chief feature of a modern man's being which explains everything else that is lacking in him is sleep.

A modern man lives in sleep, in sleep he is born and in sleep he dies. About sleep, its significance and its role in life, we will speak later. But at present just think of one thing, what knowledge can a sleeping man have? And if you think about it and at the same time remember that sleep is the chief feature of our being, it will at once become clear to you that if a man really wants knowledge, he must first of all think about how to wake, that is, about how to change his being.

Exteriorly man's being has many different sides: activity or passivity; truthfulness or a tendency to lie; sincerity or insincerity; courage, cowardice; self control, profligacy; irritability, egoism, readiness for self-sacrifice, pride, vanity, conceit, industry, laziness, morality, depravity; all these and much more besides make up the being of man.

But all this is entirely mechanical in man. If he lies it means that he cannot help lying. If he tells the truth it means that he cannot help telling the truth, and so it is with everything. Everything happens, a man can do nothing either in himself or outside himself.

But of course there are limits and bounds. Generally speaking, the being of a modem man is of very inferior quality. But it can be of such bad quality that no change is possible. This must always be remembered. People whose being can still be changed are very lucky. But there are people who are definitely diseased, broken machines with whom nothing can be done. And such people are in the majority. If you think of this you will understand why only few can receive real knowledge. Their being prevents it.”

P. D. Ouspensky, “In Search of the Miraculous. Fragments of an Unknown Teaching.”

As you can see, there was nothing changed in essence for the last 100 years...

Man is educated within the limits of society since the childhood. Society defines the world outlook of the modern person. Coping with the school program, we take lot of things on belief, and then we live all the life with the confidence that it is exactly so. We do not think what we receive from the society. We trust society and we do not trust anything that comes from abroad of society... We are initially convinced that the purposes of society correspond to our purposes...

Any social person sincerely trusts that the purpose of the health care system is the tireless care of his health instead of earning money and self-survival, as the purpose of any social mechanism... And the purpose of pension benefits is the care of an old age of man instead of earning on another's money again...

It is really necessary for us to wake up to start to analyze reality adequately...

Let us imagine, that you have appeared absolutely alone in a wood, and it is necessary for you to survive. Or you have gone to the wood in the structure of a social command on excursion, where they told you previously what is necessary to take with yourself, how to behave yourself and the fact that dinner should be brought to you. You must admit that in the first and in the second cases your consciousness will work differently. In the first case it will be active, will listen to each rustle, will pay attention to each trifle, will memorize and receive training, while in the second case it will simply sleep and ask, does it take long to go and when they’ll bring a dinner...

A studying is necessary for esoteric sciences first of all to wake up from the social hibernation, to turn on own consciousness and to start to perceive the world actively. It is necessary to proceed from the social “autopilot” to the manual guidance.