„ACCORDING TO the numerous deductions and conclusions made by me during experimental elucidations concerning the productivity of the perception by contemporary people of new impressions from what is heard and read, and also according to the thought of one of the sayings of popular wisdom I have just remembered, handed down to our days from very ancient times, which declares: “Any prayer may be heard by the Higher Powers and a corresponding answer obtained only if it is uttered thrice:
:Firstly—for the welfare or the peace of the souls of one’s parents.
:Secondly—for the welfare of one’s neighbor.
:And only thirdly—for oneself personally.“
— G. I. Gurdjieff influential spiritual teacher, Armenian philosopher, composer and writer 1866 - 1949
All and Everything: Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson (1950), "Friendly Advice [Written impromptu by the author on delivering this book, already prepared for publication, to the printer" (1949)