George Gurdjieff: Wenn Du aus Deinem Gefängnis willst, musst Du zuerst realisieren, dass Du in einem Gefängnis bist

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OSHO: You Are in Prison and You Think You Are Free (Preview)

Here Osho responds to the following question:

George Gurdjieff has said: „You are in prison. If you wish to get out of prison, the first thing you must do is realize that you are in prison. If you think you are free, you can’t escape.“ What are the prisons that I call „Home?“

„George Gurdjieff is one of the most significant masters of this age. He is unique in many ways — nobody has said things in the contemporary world the way Gurdjieff has said them. He is almost like another Bodhidharma or Chuang Tzu, apparently absurd but in reality giving great indications towards the liberation of human consciousness.
You are asking about one of his significant statements. He often used to say, „You are in prison.“ Sometimes he was even deeper into the reality, and instead of saying, „You are in prison,“ he would say, „You are the prison.“ That is more true.
If you wish to get out of prison — or better to say, if you don’t want to be a prison — the first thing you must do is realize that you are in prison… or you are the prison. This is something to be always remembered as one of the first principles for any seeker of truth.
The tendency of the human mind is to deny those things which are ugly, to hide those things which he does not want others to know — to hide in such a way, in such depths of the unconscious that even he himself becomes unaware of them. This way he maintains his superficial personality.“

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