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He moved to Moscow about 1913 and began teaching there and in Petrograd, returning to the Caucasus at the outbreak of the Russian Revolution in 1917. Rejoined by some followers, Gurdjieff established the Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man in 1919 at Tiflis (now Tbilisi), Georgia; it was reestablished at Fontainebleau, Fr., in 1922. Its members, many from prominent backgrounds, lived a virtually monastic life, except for a few banquets, at which Gurdjieff would engage in probing dialogue and at which his writings were read. Ritual exercises and dance were also part of the regimen, often accompanied by music composed by Gurdjieff and an associate [Thomas deHartmann]. Performers from the institute appeared in Paris in 1923 and in four U.S. cities the following year and brought considerable attention to Gurdjieff's work.
Gurdjieff's basic assertion was that human life as ordinarily lived is similar to sleep; transcendence of the sleeping state required work, but when it was achieved, an individual could reach remarkable levels of vitality and awareness. The Fontainebleau centre was closed in 1933, but Gurdjieff continued teaching in Paris until his death.
"Take the 'wisdom' of the East and the 'energy' of the West and then seek." - George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff in Revolutionaries.
In properly organized groups
no faith is required; what is required is simply a little trust and even
that only for a little while, for the sooner a man begins to verify all
he hears the better it is for him.
George Gurdjieff (c. 1877-1949), Greek-Armenian religious teacher, mystic. Quoted in: P. D. Ouspensky, In Search of the Miraculous, ch. 11 (1949).
A considerable percentage of the people we meet
on the street are people who are empty inside, that is, they are actually
already dead. It is fortunate for us that we do not see and do not know
it. If we knew what a number of people are actually dead and what a number
of these dead people govern our lives, we should go mad with horror.
George Gurdjieff (c. 1877-1949), Greek-Armenian religious teacher, mystic. Quoted in: P. D. Ouspensky, In Search of the Miraculous, ch. 8 (1949).
A "sin" is something which
is not necessary.
George Gurdjieff (c. 1877-1949), Greek-Armenian religious teacher, mystic. Quoted in: P. D. Ouspensky, In Search of the Miraculous, ch. 17 (1949).
Pesce - _End of Man: A Cybernetic Eschatology_
- John Shirley - _The Shadows of Ideas -
A Distant Glimpse of Gurdjieff_
- G.I. Gurdjieff
- P. Travers, "Gurdjieff", Man, Myth & Magic, An Illustrated Encyclopedia
of the Supernatural
His later work with small
groups in Paris during the 1930s and 1940s, the subsequent books, the sacred dances,
the piano music composed with musician Thomas de Hartmann, and the
now extensive biographical and critical literature serve as a testament
to the enduring legacy of this Magus. Many of Gurdjieff's concepts influenced
Twentieth Century culture, including the Leary/Wilson/Lilly
models of 'conscious evolution',
the revitalisation of Gnostic Christianity, scientific research on 'split
brain' neurology and 'multiple intelligences', Gaia
eco-consciousness and the reciprocal maintenance of natural systems. Popularisations
of Sufi Initiation occurred via Oscar Ichazo's 'Arica' Institute, the 'false
Sufism' of E.J. Gold, and the stories of Idries Shah.
- G. I. GURDJIEFF
A normal being wishes to live forever. A normal man is one who not only has actualized his inherited potentialities, but has freed himself from his subjectivity.
This wish to live constitutes a being. Once being alive there is no choice, we must live forever.
Your powers are to actualize, to be aware of your presence. This is your money in the bank, your cash, your earning ability.
Next to awareness, the most important thing is Time. The flow of time through us gives us our chance to extract what we can. Time is a three-fold stream, passing through our three centers. We fish in this stream, what we catch is ours, what we don't is gone. Time does not wait for us to catch all in the stream, if we catch enough, we have enough to create the three bodies, and become enduring.
Time is the sum of our potential experience, the totality of our possible experiences. We live our experiences successively, this is the first dimension of time.
To be able to live experiences simultaneously is adding another or second dimension of time.
To be aware of this simultaneity is called solid Time, or the third dimension of Time.
I beg you, before starting on this journey to question yourself. You are plunging into the dark; here is a little lamp; I show you how to rub it; but make sure you know how to rub it.
Suffering is the price of endlessness.
Conscious labor consists of having an objective in life, as a LIFE aim, an Aim which can be pursued the whole of your life. It does not depend on the vicissitudes of life. It is the aim for which you took the trouble to be born. You are an immortal being if you keep this aim.
If you keep this aim through this life you will
have an aim strong enough to persist after this life, an aim big enough
to persist through an immortal existence."