Deconstructing Gurdjieff: Biography of a Spiritual Magician by Tobias Churton

By Tobias Churton

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

• finds proof that Gurdjieff used to be a mystery Freemason, counting 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 method teachings and the “Work”

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

• properly dates Gurdjieff’s genuine actions, quite his enigmatic early life

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

Employing the most recent examine and discoveries, together with formerly unpublished memories of the true guy, Tobias Churton investigates the reality underneath the self-crafted mythology of Gurdjieff’s lifestyles acknowledged in Meetings with notable Men. He examines his arguable birthdate, his father’s heritage, and his courting together with his deepest teach Dean Borshch, revealing a deadly early life in a Pontic Greek family members, persecuted by means of Turks, compelled emigrate to Georgia and Armenia, in basic terms to develop up amid extra conflict, persecution, genocide, and insurrection. putting Gurdjieff within the precise context of his instances, Churton explores Gurdjieff’s roles in esoteric hobbies taking root within the Russian Empire and in epic imperial building tasks within the Kars Oblast, Transcaucasia, and valuable Asia. He unearths Gurdjieff’s resources for his transformative philosophy, his early curiosity in hypnosis, magic, Theosophy, and spiritualism, and the profound impact 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 religious academics and philosophers of the age, akin 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 existence as parables of his process, Churton explains how he didn’t wish humans to persist with his footsteps yet to discover their very own, to get up from the hypnosis that drives us blindly via existence. supplying an essential figuring out of the fellow who requested “How a lot of you're fairly alive?” the writer finds the ongoing significance of Gurdjieff’s philosophy for the awakening of man.

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