Deconstructing Gurdjieff: Biography of a Spiritual Magician by Tobias Churton

By Tobias Churton

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

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

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

• Uncovers the reality in the back of Gurdjieff’s family members with Aleister Crowley

• correctly dates Gurdjieff’s actual actions, fairly 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 speaking 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Employing the most recent learn and discoveries, together with formerly unpublished memories of the true guy, Tobias Churton investigates the reality underneath the self-crafted mythology of Gurdjieff’s existence mentioned in Meetings with awesome Men. He examines his arguable birthdate, his father’s history, and his dating together with his inner most train Dean Borshch, revealing a deadly early life in a Pontic Greek kinfolk, persecuted via Turks, compelled emigrate to Georgia and Armenia, merely to develop up amid extra conflict, persecution, genocide, and rebellion. putting Gurdjieff within the actual context of his occasions, Churton explores Gurdjieff’s roles in esoteric pursuits taking root within the Russian Empire and in epic imperial development tasks within the Kars Oblast, Transcaucasia, and crucial Asia. He unearths Gurdjieff’s resources for his transformative philosophy, his early curiosity in hypnosis, magic, Theosophy, and spiritualism, and the profound impression of the Yezidis and the Sufis, the “gnostics” of Islam, on Gurdjieff’s Fourth method teachings and the “Work.” Churton additionally explores Gurdjieff’s ties to Freemasonry and his relationships with different religious academics and philosophers of the age, similar 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 parts of his existence as parables of his process, Churton explains how he didn’t wish humans to keep on with his footsteps yet to discover their very own, to get up from the hypnosis that drives us blindly via existence. supplying an essential knowing of the guy who requested “How lots of you're fairly alive?” the writer unearths the ongoing value of Gurdjieff’s philosophy for the awakening of man.

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