Gurdjieff International Review
Dr. William J. Welch
Patty Welch Llosa provides a candid glimpse of her parents as well as an account of their roles as leaders of Gurdjieff groups.
Roger Lipseys eulogy of Dr. Welch is deeply felt and conveys a life vibrantly lived. It was delivered during Dr. Welchs funeral at St. Thomas church in New York City on July 12, 1997 and here includes biographical details that were unnecessary on that occasion.
Dr. Welch recounts Gurdjieffs last few days before his death on October 29, 1949. “What can one learn from the death of a man who was indeed a man? He had lived with the inevitability of his death a daily reality to him, yet he lived, if ever a man did, to the full.”
Gurdjieff advises us to read each of his written expositions thrice, the second time “as if you were reading aloud to another person.” Now, 50 years after its first publication, Beelzebub’s Tales “as read by Dr. [William] Welch, is soon to be released in compact disc format. In this recording, we hear an authentic voice, resonant, powerful, deep and rich.”
“Just because the candle sputters sometimes, doesn’t mean it’s going out. In strong winds and in light rain it can be dampened a little, but it can be re-lighted.”
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