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Back Issue - #17 Volume 5 Issue 1

The Gurdjieff JournalLLC - Issue #17

The Trashing
of the Prieuré

A report of how the Telos readership helped save the Prieuré from destruction by a band of gypsies.

Gurdjieff and Yezidism

By acquainting ourselves with the Yezidis—the Kurdistan sect mentioned by Gurdieff in Meetings With Remarkable Men—we may see that Gurdjieff has led us to materials for a deeper understanding of the nature of an esoteric teaching, of the implications of a teaching transmitted orally, and of the reasons for his unlikely choice of Beelzebub as the hero of the First Series.

Taking with the Left Hand

Spiritual theft and distortion of The Fourth Way is the theme of William Patrick Patterson's book Taking with the Left Hand. In this interview he speaks candidly of his opinion of those responsible, as well as of the New Age, which is really the Naive Age in disguise, where people believe they can develop spiritually without making any real effort.

Book Review:

Forbidden Fires
by Margaret Anderson

Margaret Anderson, a member of the women-only group Gurdjieff formed in Paris in the 1930s, wrote this autobiographical novella in 1956 to relieve herself of the grief she felt over the death of her companion, Dorothy Caruso.

Film Reviews:

Ayn Rand & The Apostle

Comparative reviews of two movies with seemingly different main characters—the documentary Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life and Robert Duvall's The Apostle. One is an avowed atheist, the other a devout believer, but both "are gripped by an archetype."

Working in The World:

The 'King' & Frank Sinatra

The question of the reconciliation of the masculine and the feminine in each of us is explored through the life of Frank Sinatra. Sinatra's life, like all unobserved lives, was stretched between the two poles. He pushed down his feminine with drugs, gambling and fast women, but temporarily reconciled the split with song.

The Mouravieff 'Phenomenon'
Part III

The third installment of how Boris Mouravieff plagiarized The Fourth Way. Mouravieff's book Gnosis is examined, for it reveals his misunderstanding of Gurdjieff and The Fourth Way.

Book Review:

Shadows of Heaven
by Paul Beekman Taylor

Paul Beekman Taylor is the son of Gurdjieff student and author Jean Toomer. Shadows of Heaven is Taylor's attempt to resurrect his father's reputation and to put him on the same level as Gurdjieff.

The Kanari Papers
Part V

The fifth installment of the Kanari Papers covers Solita Solano's notes from the Rope's meetings with Gurdjieff in June of 1936. We hear Gurdjieff describe how he lives by the law of Heptaparaparshinokh, and his instruction on how to separate the inner world and the outer world with the use of attention.

The Teacher-Student
Leaving the Teacher

What is it that makes a seeker after truth leave the truth? Self-observation can hurt. The student sees himself in the mirror of his own awareness and what he sees he hates. The more he observes the more it hurts and the more the body-personality denies, doubts, creates questions and panics. Those thinking of leaving their teacher should ponder the question: who is it that wants to leave?


Tidbits gleaned from the world and the Work.