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5.0 out of 5 stars Very valuable book for those who want to know more about Gurdjieff., 22 April 2010
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This book is a superb guide for both those new to Gurdjieff, to those who know a lot and for all in-between! Easy to read and easy to understand this book creates and fosters a 'zen' mind of not knowing....I found it helped me to get back into the work but with a new energy! All aspects of the work are covered.....well worth a look!
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Initial post: 26 Sep 2013 11:12:57 BDT
The problem is that everyone understands Gurdjieff in his or her own way, with specific reference to their life experiences. The question is then whether these fifth and sixth hand primers on Gurdjieff should be published at all, considering that they are bound to contain much that is subjective or even misleading. Gurdjieff himself constantly warned his students about this and it is also where Orage went wrong.

As far as I'm concerned, the acid test is whether or not the writer has something new - and specifically something practical - to bring to the table. Something from their own lives For example, Ian Phillips Lawrence was able to bring his knowledge and experience of acting in The Good Obyvatel, the only book I've found at all useful outside of Gurdjieff's immediate entourage.

If not in my opinion the reader should stick with Gurdjieff's own writings. And those of his students who new him in the flesh and can recount his words in the context of work arranged by him.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Nov 2013 19:29:56 GMT
Mr Stordy.

Why not just research your own experience?
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