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The jury's out
on 2 June 2012
Gurdjieff's 'Way' may be a genuine path of self-development, similar to Sri Aurobindo's 'Integral Yoga', but I'm not sure his vision was as complete. This may be reflected by his Enneagram symbol - an incomplete star with no zero point.
On the other hand, he may be the charlatan & nutcase many have claimed.
I read this triology to try to get the measure of him, but it's not shed much light. I'm not sure that his own books are the best way in to his teachings, apparently you need to read the accounts of his pupils Oupensky et al to get a true picture of his work.
Gurdjieff seems to embody the 'Trickster' archetype. As I like rebels this might appeal, but his egotism, (pseudo?) bombast, endless practical jokes, among other things, render him somewhat tiresome. A bit like hanging out with Mr Toad.
'Meetings with Remarkable Men' is interesting - an allegorical as much as a biographical work. However 'Beelzebub's Tales' is verbose, self-glorifying, rambling & altogether tedious. He may be challenging my 'waking sleep' & the joke's on me, but I was too bored to care.
While he's an interesting figure, his 'Way' isn't for me.