Updated: Nov 25, 2020
"First of all, it must be realized that the sleep in which man exists is not normal but hypnotic sleep. Man is hypnotized and this hypnotic state is continually maintained and strengthened in him. One would think that there are forces for whom it is useful and profitable to keep man in a hypnotic state and prevent him from seeing the truth and understanding his position"
"There is an Eastern tale which speaks about a very rich magician who had a great many sheep. But at the same time, this magician was very mean. He did not want to hire shepherds, nor did he want to erect a fence about the pasture where his sheep were grazing. The sheep consequently often wandered into the forest, fell into ravines, and so on, and above all they ran away, for they knew that the magician wanted their flesh and skins and this they did not like."
"At last, the magician found a remedy. He hypnotized his sheep and suggested to them first of all that they were immortal and that no harm was being done to them when they were skinned, that on the contrary, it would be very good for them and even pleasant; secondly, he suggested that the magician was a good master who loved his flock so much that he was ready to do anything in the world for them; and in the third-place, he suggested to them that if anything at all were to happen to them, it wasn't going to happen just then, at any rate, not that day and therefore they had no need to think about it. Further, the magician suggested to his sheep that they were not sheep at all; too some of them he suggested that they were lions, to others that they were eagles, and to others that they were men, and to others that. they were magicians."
"And after this all his cares and worries about. the sheep came to an end. They never ran away again but quietly awaited the time when the magician would require their flesh and skins."
"This tale. is a very good illustration of man's position"
Ouspensky, P. D., "In Search of the Miraculous: Fragments of an Unknown Teaching" New York, Harcourt Brace and Company, First Edition, 1949, Page 219
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