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Meetings with Remarkable Men: All and everything. 2nd Series Paperback – 6 Nov 1985

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  • Paperback: 303 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (6 Nov. 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140190376
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140190373
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 209,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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George Gurdjeff is the original guru who tries to find himself by travelling to the mystical centres in eastern Europe and Near East. This is an interesting book about his travels, and though it reveals little of what he found, it leads beautifully into the other books by him. I suggest anyone who is interested in Gurdjeff's philosophy reads this book first.
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One of those books that is read by people and understood totally different by each one of them. You can read this book on different levels depending on your own level of development which makes it possible to read this book over a stretch of years to discover that the book has a totally different meaning than the last time you read it. Interesting to say the least.
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Without doubt this is one of my favorite books. It is a remarkable collection of genuine stories that happened to a man for which I have huge respect to - Mr. George Ivanovich Gurdjieff.

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.

Enjoy.
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At the turn of the Century a mysterious Armenian mystic travelled for 20 years seeking out spiritual Masters in obscure and isolated regions of the Middle East and Central Asia, and with his experiences pieced together a spiritual philosophy for life that inspired like minded young Russians. He gathered a group of people who remained his devoted followers till his later death in 1949, and left a controversial legacy as a great spiritual guide or occult master. Born in the same decade as Stalin, like Stalin he was a voracious reader and autodidact. Growing up in Alexandropol in Armenia, he had a passion for learning and a fascination for the occult.

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.
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This book was just as much fun to read as it was informative. To actually get to 'meet' the "remarkable men" that accompanied Gurdjieff on his quests to find 'truth' was, well, remarkable.
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I keep trying to read Gurdjieff because of his connection to the Enneagram, and it seemed like an interesting topic, but I find his roundabout writing style exceedingly annoying. I couldn't get through the introduction.
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I found this a meandering tale which seemed to continually wind back upon itself. Either it is remarkably clever and I missed the point or it is rather silly. I didn't find any of the people who are introduces as remarkable to be anything other than ordinary. The most remarkable characters didn't seem to get a chapter devoted to them but were merely introduced whilst in the company of one of those given their own chapter. The whole book was much more about Gurdjieff than the other people anyway. He seemed to spend an enormous amount of time and effort travelling in search of the truth by visiting men who had always stayed in one place.
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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