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The Gurdjieff JournalLLC

Back Issue - #15 Volume 4 Issue 3

The Gurdjieff JournalLLC - Issue #15

The Mouravieff 'Phenomenon'

Though never taken seriously during his lifetime, and rarely mentioned in Gurdjieffian literature, the name Boris Mouravieff has in recent years become more than a footnote, thanks to a diligent campaign by his latter-day followers. Though he never joined the Work, forever remaining on its periphery, gleaning here and there what information he could, criticizing and casting doubt, Mouravieff was never quite able to get Gurdjieff and the teaching out of his system.

The Teacher-Student Relationship
Part II

In his relationship with his teacher, the student will feel himself in a very vulnerable position. He has agreed, in a fashion, to become a student. However harmonious the relationship may appear on the surface, at deeper levels there is unrelenting struggle.

The Life & Legacy of
P.D. Ouspensky

October 2, 1997, marks the fiftieth anniversary of the death of P.D. Ouspensky. His legacy lives on through his writings, the best known is In Search of the Miraculous, which continues to inspire people around the world in the sacred and ancient quest of self-awakening.

The Kanari Papers
Part III

In October 1935, Gurdjieff formed a new and novel group in Paris which came to be known as "The Rope." Composed only of women, all intelligent, strong-willed, mostly lesbian, and largely involved in the literary and dramatic worlds. Among its members were Solita Solano, Elizabeth Gordon, Kathryn Hulme and her companion Alice, Margaret Anderson, Georgette Leblanc, Louise Davidson and Jane Heap. Solita Solano kept notes of the meetings, as did Kathryn Hulme.

Gurdjieff & Fritz Peters
Part II

Gurdjieff took Fritz Peters intimately into his life, gave him personal lessons and told Peters others "must make effort, go to meetings, read book. If you never go to meeting, never read book, you still cannot forget what I put inside you when you child. These others, if not go to meeting, will forget even existence of Mr. Gurdjieff. But not you. I already in your blood—make your life miserable forever—but such misery can be good thing for your soul, so even when miserable you must thank your God for suffering I give you." [Emphasis added.] Fritz Peters deserves a second look and a serious reevaluation given Gurdjieff's relationship with him.

Toomer's Eyes
by Paul Beekman Taylor

Toomer's relationship with Gurdjieff is investigated by Paul Beekman Taylor, the adopted son of Jean Toomer.

Film Review:

Ingmar Bergman's
The Magician

With human beliefs as its fulcrum, Ingmar Bergman explores the themes of truth and illusion in The Magician, which, like life, swings back and forth between drama, comedy and horror. He wrote the screenplay and it is considered one of the Swedish director's most challenging films.

Book Review:

Exchanges Within
by John Pentland

Exchanges Within is a true Work of attention for the careful and diligent reader. It has a depth of insight that gives a small reflection of the true meaning of the term esoteric.

Working in the World:

Work Love

Our usual love is only for the self-image, which is personal. The Work gives the tools and conditions to see ourselves as we are—mechanical and asleep—and because we think and believe we are not, seeing our mechanicality engenders suffering. This suffering, seeing the truth of oneself, is true love and can only be impersonal.


Tidbits gleaned from the world and the Work.