They came, they understood, and left


That album of transcriptions for electric guitar of music by the Armenian mystic G.I. Gurdjieff featured in my post We are losing the war against digital sleep. In my recent reading I came across the following wonderfully acerbic observation by Zen enfant terrible Alan Watts about Gurdjieff's teachings:
Some people came and listened to him and understood, and left. Others came and listened and did not understand, and stayed.
* Quote comes from The Upstart Spring: Esalen and the Human Potential Movement by by Walter Truett Anderson. New Overgrown Path posts are available via RSS/email by entering your email address in the right-hand sidebar. Any copyrighted material is included for critical analysis, and will be removed at the request of copyright owner(s).

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