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George Ivanovich Gurdjieff (Russian: Георгий Иванович Гюрджиев, Georgij Ivanovich Gjurdzhiev; 2 Misattributed; 3 Quotes about Gurdjieff; 4 External links . guru, the enigmatic Armenian mystic George Ivanovich Gurdjieff. De Hartmann and his wife Olga met Gurdjieff in and quickly fell. Informed essays and commentary on the history, writings, and teachings of George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff.

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When I realized that [ancient wisdom] … had been handed down … from generation to generation for thousands of years, and yet had reached our day almost unchanged …. I … regretted having begun too late to give the legends of antiquity the immense significance that I now understand that they really have. George Ivanovich Gurdjieff was one of the most influential spiritual teachers of the twentieth century. In his early years, he participated in expeditions that went in search of ancient teachings, partly documented in his book Meetings with Remarkable Men.

InGurdjieff imported that system to Russia. He translated his eastern knowledge and experience into a language palatable to twentieth century western man. He was forced to close the institute and spent the latter part of his life writing books: He died in France on October 29, Gurdjieff was discreet about the origins of his teaching.

He felt no need to reveal his footsteps.

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For one, he claimed that the wars had obliterated any traces of the schools with which he had come in contact. Gurdjieff himself had labored to acquire his teaching and had earned, so to speak, the rights over it. Such rights had to be earned anew by anyone meeting his work for the first time.

While knowledge could geprge given, wisdom had to be earned. Hence, Gurdjieff, who had sacrificed much to obtain his wisdom, was reluctant to hand it over to others except at the price of labor.

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Once earned by any individual, the knowledge would become his own; he himself would become those ancient truths Gurdjiieff allegedly dug up, a reiteration of ancient wisdoma contemporary expression of a timeless truth. Gurdjieff conveyed to those around him the sense ovanovich a mission.

It seemed, not only to his own students, but even to people outside his direct circle of influence, that he was the agent of a great plan. Beginning from about this same sense of purpose became connected to the vision of the Institute, which in received its full name: The Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man.

From on Mr. Gurdjieff placed the aim of the creation of the Institute before every other practical aim, up until the time of his car accident and the closing of the Prieure.

His sense of mission was then transferred to his writing the three volumes of All and Everything and to the preparation of groups of people, in Europe and America, capable of preparing people to receive those writings. After he was trying to put into words what he had hoped to realise in action, gufdjieff he believed that his writings would eventually be read and understood by a wide audience.

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He first gained access to the central Sarmoun monastery in and it appears likely that he had a more extended stay in At the end of Gurdjieff went to Tashkent to practice healing. There he cured drug addicts and alcoholics, both as a means of studying the state of identification and as a means of making money. This was his last preparation for teaching.

After about 18 months he began to draw students to himself and then, inleft Tashkent for Moscow where he began to recruit candidates for the Institute. While the origin of the Sarmoun Brotherhood is lost in the mists of time, there are traces of the Sarmoun in Babylon from the time of Hammurabi. The Sarmouni the bees were reputed to have teachings which pre-dated the Flood.

We here again encounter the Ark metaphor, and it is certainly possible that there never was a physical flood and that the Sarmoun were referring to their responsibility of maintaining the Ark of Ancient Wisdom through the floods of time.

They taught that objective knowledge is a material substance that can be collected and stored like honey. The Sarmoun Brotherhood apparently had memory of the periodic destructions ivanpvich renewals of humanity, and they believed their tradition represented an eternal unchanging core of wisdom to which mankind should always have access. John Bennett felt that the symbol of the enneagram, the knowledge of the law of seven, and the doctrine of reciprocal maintenance came from the Sarmoun Brotherhood.

Gurdjieff suggested that many of his sacred dances came from the Sarmoun. Some time after the Sarmoun became connected to the Naqshbandi Sufi tradition. While the Naqshbandi Sufis and the Sarmoun were not one organisation, individual Naqshbandi georgd were probably associated with the Sarmoun Brotherhood. It seems likely that the Sarmoun inseminated the best of the Naqshbandi teachers with some of their understandings.

Gurdjieff is known to have spent time ivanovicy the tekkes of the Naqshbandi Sufis. At the Preiure, and later guddjieff Paris, Gurdjieff told several of his students, quite directly, that he himself had a teacher. At turning points in his own life he says that he consulted advisors before making a final decision:. I must tell you that, many years ago, before the organization of the Institute, when I planned and worked out this program in detail … I had to … address myself for advice and direction concerning several questions to honourable and impartial people … who … had geodge overcome two centuries of their existence and some of whom were bold geotge to hope to surmount even the third century… Third Series, p Third Series, p John Bennett claims that Gurdjieff said, more than once, that he was able to call on people who knew the importance of his task.

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Beyond this, there is some evidence that Gurdjieff returned to Asia Minor for short visits at critical points during his life, and we know that he had regular correspondence with people that area, even into his last years. He had no family there after It is possible that the vision ivanogich the Institute came from the Sarmoun and that to some extent Gurdjieff was their agent. Gurdjieff never presented himself as a great teacher which he could easily have done but as an agent with a mission. The Sarmoun probably knew the end of their cycle was coming.

The government of Kemal Ataturk in Turkey and the Soviet Governments in Russia and Afghanistan were making it impossible for them to continue. Perhaps the Sarmoun, seeing the end of their tradition, had the aim of conveying the wisdom of the East to the precocious civilisation of the West, where powers had so greatly outstripped being.

In describing his oath in the Third Series he icanovich defines sustaining self remembering as the highest function he could attain to. Whatever the case, we know that seventeen years later, inGurdjieff officially disbanded the Institute. In he went further by pushing away many of the students of his own inner circle. InGurdjieff moved to an apartment in Paris on Rue des Colonels Reynard where the last stage of his teaching was to follow. Ivanovixh had seen that he was not the vehicle for the new order and he focused on ivanovicch followers, that they might carry the teaching on to the next guedjieff.

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Gurdjieff — The Mission. Megistis Lavra, Mount Athos. Gurdjieff — The Origins. I must tell you that, many years ago, before the organization of the Institute, when I planned and worked out this program in detail … I had to … address myself for advice and direction concerning several questions to honourable and impartial people … who … had already overcome two centuries of their existence and some of whom were bold enough to hope to surmount even the third century… Third Series, p George Gurdjieff.

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