Fall 2004 Issue, Vol. VIII No. 1
Welcome to the Gurdjieff International Reviewa source of informed essays and commentary on the life, writings, and teachings of George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff. Mr. Gurdjieff was an extraordinary man, a master in the truest sense. His teachings speak to our most essential questions: Who am I? Why am I here? What is the purpose of life, and of human life in particular? As a young man, Gurdjieff relentlessly pursued these questions and became convinced that practical answers lay within ancient traditions. Through many years of searching and practice he discovered answers and then set about putting what he had learned into a form understandable to the Western world. Gurdjieff maintained that, owing to the abnormal conditions of modern life, we no longer function in a harmonious way. He taught that in order to become harmonious, we must develop new facultiesor actualize latent potentialitiesthrough work on oneself. He presented his teachings and ideas in three forms: writings, music, and movements which correspond to our intellect, emotions, and physical body.
Pupil & Teacher
In this, our sixteenth issue, we provide some observations on the relationship of pupil and teacher within the context of the Gurdjieff teaching. A complete printed copy of this issue can be ordered from our online store.
The Key to a Teaching
“The Americans are good people, not nasty rotten, but good. But that not enough. They [are] sheep, good sheep, responding obediently to anything suggested, but not take course by themselves. Questionwhich is better: good sheep or bad dog? They must show more initiative in daily lifeall for exercise of Will”
G. I. Gurdjieff
“We dont understand the importance of our attitude. My attitude at any point is like the sunken part of the iceberg. I start out from the conscious affirmative part which is like the tip. Im quite surprisedand unpreparedto meet resistance from this unconscious part. Yet my attitude is largely governed by this resistance. You have to see the resistance. You have to be more aware of the wish to not workat the same time as you are holding the wish to work.”
“Our situation is not outside, where a man is moved by surface events, nor is it inside, where a man is taken by emotion and tyrannized by his functions. It is a precise balance, an equidistant position that allows me to appreciate and understand that I am these two lives.”
“For the key to a teaching, for oneself, is always in oneself; the Teacher, through the teaching, only reveals the way to it. This is why, even after the death of a Master, there is hope for those who come to his teaching never having known him.”
“We all manage to gather a certain number of pearls of insight as we stumble along, but to find a string to lace them on is extravagant good luck.”
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October 1, 2004
October 1, 2004