The Five Being-Obligolnian Strivings: Work in Life

In the previous post we considered the two being-Partkdolg duty, “conscious labors” and “intentional suffering.” In this post we will explore the so-called five strivings of objective morality. Like in the case of the two being-partkdolg duty, the emphasis will be on how to use the strivings to work in life.

Before we get into topic, it would be very illustrative to review what A. R. Orage had to say about the two being-partkdolg duty and the five striving Beelzebub’s Tales

The Five Strivings of Objective Morality contain the essence of the Gurdjieff Method. But before we are able to strive in the right way, we must understand the meaning of conscious labor and voluntary suffering, for on these two basic principles—Being-Partkdolg-duty and the Strivings—hang all the law and prophesying of the Gurdjieff system. They form a basic octave, and nothing can be added to or taken away from them.(Orage, Commentaries on Beelzebub’s Tales, pp 125-126).

The five ‘being-obligolnian-strivings’ given to us by the Most Most Saintly Ashiata Shiemash is at the very heart of the organization He created for the welfare of humanity. These are the five strivings as He introduced them with the paragraph at the opening of their enumeration:

All the beings of this planet then began to work in order to have in their consciousness this Divine function of genuine conscience, and for this purpose, as everywhere in the Universe, they transubstantiated in themselves what are called the ‘being-obligolnian-strivings’ which consist of the following five, namely:

“The first striving: to have in their ordinary being existence everything satisfying and really necessary for their planetary body.

“The second striving: to have a constant and unflagging instinctive need for self-perfection in the sense of being.

“The third: the conscious striving to know ever more and more concern the laws of World-creation and World-maintenance.

“The fourth: the striving from the beginning of their existence to pay for their arising and their individuality as quickly as possible, in order afterwards to be free to lighten as much as possible the Sorrow of our common father.

“And the fifth: the striving always to assist the most rapid perfecting of other beings, both those similar to oneself and those of other forms, up to the degree of the sacred ‘Martfotai,’ that is, up to the degree of self-individuality.( Beelzebub’s Tales, pp 385-386).

These are strivings and no commandments. In the way of Conscience, we need no commandments; we need strivings. In Tales Mr. Gurdjieff raised Conscience to a level higher than the Conscience derived from the Ten Commandments.  And then, and even more important, these are strivings for Life.  These strivings are given for humanity and together with the two being-Partkdolg duty they represent all man needs for the fulfillment of life on Earth. They belong to what may be called “the school of life.” All this is very obvious from the paragraph that opens to the strivings and that is worthwhile repeating here:

All the beings of this planet then began to work in order to have in their consciousness this Divine function of genuine conscience, and for this purpose, as everywhere in the Universe, they transubstantiated in themselves what are called the ‘being-obligolnian-strivings’ which consist of the following five, namely:

The strivings are for all beings, and not only for there-brained beings alone or any particular group of beings, as it is obvious from the fifth striving. We are now in the presence of a way of development that embraces the totality of life.

The first striving is about the needs of our planetary body. We have a body that must serve us in order not to function in life but in order to help in the fulfillment of the plan of Creation. But this by itself is necessary but not sufficient. This striving is followed by the second that calls for a self-perfection in the sense of being. The self-perfection is not only in the mind and the body but in the feeling as well. Then we have the totality of a being and not one-sided development.

Body and being are now in the process of development are a personal level, my body and my being. A connection or a bridge to the Cosmos is now in order. Otherwise our development is only for the service of the Trogoautoegocrat process of local character. The third striving is the required bridge. It is the striving bridging the personal with the cosmic.

The fourth and fifth strivings call for participation at the cosmic level. We are here on Earth not only to serve our individual egoism but more importantly to serve the Cosmos through our inevitable participation in the process of reciprocal feeding as well as the process of Creation initiated by the creator of that exist in the entire Megalocosmos or, as it is called in Beelzebub, God. Our function at the level of the fourth striving is to live our life from the very beginning consciously and intentional in order to alleviate the Sorrow of our COMMON FATHER.

Our participation in this process of Creation is in great part to help other beings to attain self-individuality, as it is the call of the fifth striving. The fifth strivings culminate with a call to serve others creatures of our common father and it reflects what Mr. Gurdjieff called the true aim and sense of existence on Earth:

“‘the highest aim and sense of human life is the striving to attain the welfare of one’s neighbor,’ and that this is possible exclusively only by the conscious renunciation of one’s own. (Tales, p. 1186).


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I have been studying and working with the ideas of G.I. Gurdjieff exposed in his Opus Magnum Beelzebub’s Tales to His Grandson. The intention of this blog is to share these ideas with people around the world. For more information about me, please search in Google for Will Mesa
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One Response to The Five Being-Obligolnian Strivings: Work in Life

  1. Thank you again for posting this.

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