Fall 2000 Issue, Vol. IV No. 1Our eleventh issue continues our recognition of the 50th year since Gurdjieffs death in Paris on October 29, 1949. We focus on Gurdjieff himself, on his writings, and we also include several articles on prominent pupils. All back issues are available in their entirety as printed copies.
Anyone who wishes to engage in the practical study of Gurdjieffs teaching is likely to find the task of finding guidance to be a challenging exercise in discrimination.
Gurdjieff discusses the obstacles and deceptions faced by anyone in search of inner truth and spiritual guidance. First published in Views from the Real World: Early Talks of Gurdjieff, pp. 5051, 5658, New York: Dutton, London: Routledge & Kegan.
These excerpts on Art, Music and Movement were previously published as part of a program booklet issued for the Ideas of Gurdjieff Conference sponsored by the Far West Institute in San Rafael, California in November 1996 and are reproduced with their kind permission.
The Old Man and the Children of the Age
Gurdjieff arriving in New York, S.S. Paris, January 13, 1924
This briefly is the state of things in the realm of self-knowledge: in order to do you must know; but to know you must find out how to know. We cannot find this out by ourselves.
G. I. Gurdjieff
You have to be two to make a poem. The one who speaks is the mother, the poem is the egg, and the one who listens is he who fertilizes the egg.
We all carry a question: Why am I living? In the substratum of everyones being we all come to it, have to confront it. Experiencing the swings between moments of happiness and misery, questions appear.
For me there are no answers, only questions, and I am grateful that the questions go on and on. I dont look for an answer, because I dont think there is one. I'm very glad to be the bearer of a question.
P. L. Travers
As for putting him [Gurdjieff] on a pedestal, especially after his death, that is the most sinister trick that well-meaning Gurdjievians could possibly play on him. That is to show true disrespect.
One of the most interesting things about the book [Meetings with Remarkable Men] is the passionate quality of this searchthe fact that this man persistskeeps lookingkeeps traveling, as it were. One has to regard it, I suppose, on that level, as a kind of a spiritual pilgrimage as well as a factual account.
He [Christopher Fremantle] showed us in many practical ways that the possibility of inner development lay in a more unified attention. When the attention is concentrated in a special way it connects our diverse selves to create a new state in which one may experience a meeting between ones subjectivity and objective reality.
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October 1, 2000
October 1, 2000