Deconstructing Gurdjieff: Biography of a Spiritual Magician by Tobias Churton

By Tobias Churton

past Meetings with outstanding Men into the reality at the back of the self-crafted mythology of Gurdjieff’s existence

• finds proof that Gurdjieff used to be a mystery Freemason, hoping on hypnotism, psychic examine and spiritualism

• Explores the profound impression of the Yezidis, esoteric Christianity, and the “gnostics” of Islam, the Sufis, on Gurdjieff’s Fourth means teachings and the “Work”

• Uncovers the reality at the back of Gurdjieff’s kin with Aleister Crowley

• appropriately dates Gurdjieff’s actual actions, rather his enigmatic early life

In November 1949, architect Frank Lloyd Wright introduced the demise of “the maximum guy within the world,” but few knew who he used to be conversing approximately. Enigmatic, misunderstood, declared a charlatan, and lately dubbed “the Rasputin who encouraged Mary Poppins,” Gurdjieff’s lifestyles has develop into a legend. yet who fairly was once George Ivanovich Gurdjieff?

Employing the most recent learn and discoveries, together with formerly unpublished memories of the true guy, Tobias Churton investigates the reality underneath the self-crafted mythology of Gurdjieff’s lifestyles acknowledged in Meetings with amazing Men. He examines his arguable birthdate, his father’s history, and his courting along with his deepest coach Dean Borshch, revealing a dangerous youth in a Pontic Greek family members, persecuted by means of Turks, pressured emigrate to Georgia and Armenia, in basic terms to develop up amid extra struggle, persecution, genocide, and insurrection. putting Gurdjieff within the real context of his instances, Churton explores Gurdjieff’s roles in esoteric events taking root within the Russian Empire and in epic imperial development tasks within the Kars Oblast, Transcaucasia, and critical Asia. He finds Gurdjieff’s assets for his transformative philosophy, his early curiosity in hypnosis, magic, Theosophy, and spiritualism, and the profound effect of the Yezidis and the Sufis, the “gnostics” of Islam, on Gurdjieff’s Fourth means teachings and the “Work.” Churton additionally explores Gurdjieff’s ties to Freemasonry and his relationships with different non secular academics and philosophers of the age, corresponding to Madame Blavatsky, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Aleister Crowley, dispelling the parable that Gurdjieff forcibly expelled the “Great Beast” from his Institute.

Showing how Gurdjieff intentionally re-shaped components of his lifestyles as parables of his process, Churton explains how he didn’t wish humans to stick to his footsteps yet to discover their very own, to get up from the hypnosis that drives us blindly via lifestyles. delivering a necessary realizing of the fellow who requested “How lots of you're quite alive?” the writer finds the continued significance of Gurdjieff’s philosophy for the awakening of man.

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