La evolución es posible – I. B. Popoff
CLASES DE I. POPOFF CON Ouspensky en New York 1941/1947
Ingles – Español
One of the first things I understood Mr. O. to tell us was that all psychological systems, exoteric and esoteric, were mainly divided into those that took man as he is or as he is supposed to be, and those that study man from the point of view of what he may become. This system, about which we were to hear, was a psychological system and considered the study of the laws, facts, and principles that made man’s evolution possible. Evolution was possible, he stated, only through efforts on man’s part; and inasmuch as everything depends on his becoming a different being, such efforts could not be properly made without help which would show man how to become a different being. The first step toward this aim, we were told, is to realize that man is a machine and that he does not really possess those qualities he ascribes to himself, such as consciousness, will, and the power to do. And, he added, before attaining any other faculties about which we dream, and which may or may not be attributes of men of “different” or “higher” being it is necessary, in the first place, to discover how to stop being a machine.
I was not among those in my group who found difficulty in accepting this statement that man was a machine. So far as I was concerned, it was evident that I, in any event, was quite mechanical; to me, things happened. I lost myself in becoming angered and upset at any provocation even at the exact moment when I was swearing to myself that I would never lose my temper again. I said what I didn’t want today; I never seemed to understand things the way others understood them, and always I had to face the problems that arose from my assumption that others though and felt exactly as I did. This was evidently my mechanical being. I had pondered about it a great deal through-out my life, but I had concluded that it applied to me alone.
Una de las primeras cosas que he entendido del Sr. O. decía que todos los sistemas psicológicos, exotéricos y esotéricos, se dividen principalmente en los que tomó al hombre tal como es o como se supone que debe ser y los que estudian al hombre desde el punto de vista de lo que puede llegar a ser.
Este sistema, del que nos íbamos a enterar, era un sistema psicológico y considera el estudio de las leyes, los hechos, y los principios que hacen posible la evolución del hombre. La evolución es posible, dijo, sólo a través de los esfuerzos por parte del hombre, y en la medida en que todo depende de convertirse en un ser diferente, estos esfuerzos no se podría hacer sin la ayuda adecuada que mostrara al hombre cómo convertirse en un ser diferente.
El primer paso hacia este objetivo, nos dijo, es darse cuenta de que el hombre es una máquina y que en realidad no poseen esas cualidades que él atribuye a sí mismo, como la conciencia, la voluntad y el poder para hacer. Y, añadió, antes de llegar a cualquiera de las otras facultades con las que soñamos, y que pueden o no ser el atributo del hombre “diferente” o “superior” es necesario, en primer lugar, descubrir cómo dejar de ser una máquina.