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I eat and am eaten.

"‘Reciprocal-feeding’ of everything that exists, might proceed in the Universe and thereby that the merciless ‘Heropass’ might not have its maleficent effect on the Sun Absolute." (43)

One of the most interesting aspects of Gurdjieff's Cosmology is his idea of the Trogoautoegocratic Process or the Iraniranumange. This is the process that His Endlessness implemented to overcome the results of Time and Entropy, the inevitable running down of energy in the universe. He likens this to a universal perpetual motion machine that functions according to the Laws of Three and Seven. The Ouroboros or an image of one or two snakes or dragons eating their tails is a representation of this ancient idea as is Jacobs Ladder from the Bible..

As the original outpouring of the energy from the Absolute of His Endlessness elaborates itself down the Ray of Creation, it looses energy and becomes constrained by more and more laws. At the same time an anti-entropic flow of energy is working its way back up the cosmic scale returning to the Absolute to replenish its energy. This ladder of descending and ascending energies is called the Trogoautoegocrat. For Gurdjieff's description of this process, see Chapter 39 in Beelzebub's Tales.

Humans play an important part in this process as the transformation of the three being foods is part of the evolutionary return flow of energy to the Absolute.


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