Meetings with Remarkable Men: All and everything. 2nd Series Paperback – 6 Nov 1985
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Right around the turn of the 20th century, G.I. Gurdjieff initiated a group of spiritual adventurers called the "Seekers of Truth". These intrepid intellectuals of every stripe criss-crossed Africa and Asia in search of the hidden mysteries of antiquity. In Meetings with Remarkable Men, Gurdjieff narrates their exploits while drawing portraits of these extraordinary figures (including one woman and a dog). Half travel journal, half autobiography, Meetings with Remarkable Men begins with Gurdieff's childhood, when he finds his book learning at odds with paranormal events that were self-evidently real but inexplicable through modern science. Later he discovers a map of "pre-sands Egypt" and evidence of the Sarmound Brotherhood, alleged keepers of ancient wisdom dating back four-and-a-half millennia. He climbs the Himalayas, follows the Nile, and is led blindfolded to a mysterious monastery. In his encounters with dervishes, monks and fakirs, Gurdjieff recovers the wisdom he seeks, by comparison with which European understanding, he says, is backwards and barbaric. A controversial figure in his time, Gurdjieff inspired deep love and loyalty in his pupils and ridicule from sceptics. At the bookends of Meetings with Remarkable Men, Gurdjieff suggests the value of blurring the line between allegory and straight reporting. But then what exactly is Meetings with Remarkable Men? You be the judge. --Brian Bruya
About the Author
Gurdjieff was born in Alexanderpol in 1877 and trained both as a priest and physician. For some twenty years he travelled in the remotest regions of Central Asia and the Middle East, moulding his thought. On his return he began to gather pupils in Moscow, and from this base his ideas began to spread worldwide.
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He tells us, with his skillful writing, the adventurous stories in which he witnesses miracles of this world, meets secluded sacred people who have attained ultimate wisdom of life, and many more astonishing moments of his life.
Gurdjieff was not born as an extraordinary human being, but he modified his own life through many struggling experiences and through working on himself, hence he reached perfection in many aspects of life. He is regarded as a spiritual Master, had an enormous amount of knowledge in numerous fields, was handy in arts and crafts, has written many exalting books, and concurrently had made millions off and on when he needed material resources.
This brave man who spent his life trying to find the answer to life, went through astonishing adventures, looked death squarely in the face several times, and uncovered many secrets throughout his travels around the world.
I recommend this book to people who are already familiar with who G. I. Gurdjieff is and want to expand their knowledge about his remarkable deeds. I say this because this book isn't an easy read and it certainly isn't for everyone.
This book covers the principle characters that influenced his early years as he travelled through the Gobi desert looking for lost cities. Chapters cover his spending time in cities all over the Caucasus and travelling to Egypt with an arcane map in search of a lost spiritual brotherhood. He writes as a laddish and boisterous character, a rough diamond, so typical of men in the Caucasus today.
There is a wonderful chapter devoted to his loyal and highly intelligent Kurdish sheep dog. Reminiscences about youth friends like Sarkis Pogossian- another autodidact - show a hilarious and philosophical side to Gurdjieff. They helped a couple of English sailors in a fight with some Italian sailors in a Turkish port , and by way of reward, won themselves a free trip to Alexandria to pursue their mission of discovering the lost gnostic brotherhood.
All in all this book is not particularly instructive about the mans teachings, but it is highly amusing, insightful and gives an understanding into his origins, with hilarious anecdotes.Read more ›
I certainly didn't feel that I had got to know anyone particularly remarkable - except the man who was a fortune teller and then what was remarkable was his ability to feel the slightest of muscle movement indicating information which he then used to convince others that he was somehow clarvoyant. In other words his remakable talent was used to fool people. Not very inspiring. Gurdjieff also reveals that his methods of making money were somewhat dubious and generally relied on other people's ignorance.
If we are meant to understand that the secret truth is not out there but inside ourselves then it is a bit of a cliche and a very poor way of expressing it.
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Very interesting book, especially if you have an interest in the Caucasus, Ottoman Empire, Persia...Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
My introduction into the esoteric past and a man who researched deeply into other cultures and ancient wisdom.Published 2 months ago by Roger Curtis
I read this when I was a lot younger and enjoyed it. Now, well it maybe should be re titled meetings with a load of Russians, my main gripe with it is that the timeline just does... Read morePublished on 4 Mar. 2013 by Duncan Gill
Gurdjieff is a great storyteller and there are moments of great comedy as well as enigma here. he captures an age in the Near East and central Asia that has already disappeared.Published on 27 Feb. 2013 by Joss Wynne Evans
An entertaining book and very profound too, this book has changed my life. The most readable and accessible of Gurdjieff's writings.Published on 13 Dec. 2012 by Amazon Customer
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