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Meetings with Remarkable Men

 

I strongly recommend the book that this film is based upon by the same title.  The author is Gurdjieff, and it is the story of his wanderings through Asia and the Middle East searching for answers and developing his own spiritual code. 

 

The film came out in 1979, runs 108 minutes, and is directed by Peter Brook.

 

The Prophet    by     Kahlil Gibran

 

When you pray you rise to meet in the air those who are praying at that very hour, and whom save in prayer you may not meet.

Therefore let your visit to that temple invisible be for naught but ecstasy and sweet communion.

For if you should enter the temple for no  other purpose than asking you shall not receive:

 

(and then the Prophet gives them an example of how to pray)

 

"Oh God, who art our winged self, it is thy will in us that willeth.

It is thy desire in us that desireth.

It is thy urge in us that would turn our nights, which are thine, into days which are thine also.

We cannot ask thee for aught, for thou knowest our needs before they are born in us:

Thou art our need; and in giving us more of thyself thou givest us all."

 

 

 

Ozymandias    by    Shelley

 

I met a traveller from an antique land

Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone

Stand in the desert.  Near them, on the sand,

Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,

And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,

Tell that its sculptor well those passions read

Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,

The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed:

And on the pedestal these words appear:

"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:

Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"

Nothing beside remains.  Round the decay

Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare

The lone and level sands stretch far away.

 

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