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By Mohammad Tamdgidi

This e-book explores the existence and ideas of the enigmatic 20th century thinker, mystic, and instructor of esoteric dances George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff, acting a hermeneutic textual research of all his writings to light up where of hypnosis in his educating. Foreword through J. Walter Driscoll.

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Htm). To Taylor’s selected list one may add a recent introductory book written by John Shirley titled Gurdjieff: An Introduction to His Life and Ideas (2004), and Taylor’s own new work G. I. Gurdjieff: A New Life (2008); his Gurdjieff’s America (2004b) later appeared in a revised version as Gurdjieff’s Invention of America (2007b). For other works on Gurdjieff with some relevance to the present study see C. Daly King’s “The Oragian Version” (1951); Louis Pauwels’ “Gurdjieff ” ([1964] 1972); Jean Vaysse’s Toward Awakening: An Approach to the Teaching Left by Gurdjieff ([1980] 1988); Martha Heyneman’s The Breathing Cathedral: Feeling Our Way into a Living Cosmos (1993); Keith Buzzell’s A Grandchild’s Odyssey: Explorations in Active Mentation: Re-Membering Gurdjieff ’s Teaching (2007); Bob Hunter’s compilation The True Myth: Beryl Pogoson’s Teaching on G.

Taylor has proposed the hermeneutic approach as the most viable method for the study of Gurdjieff ’s life and teaching. He advocates what appears to be a two-pronged approach involving a careful exploration of Gurdjieff ’s own writings on the one hand, and a “careful probing of the testimony of those who shared experiences with him,” on the other. One may also add a third criterion of judging the above findings based on one’s own experience and efforts at verification, to the extent these are possible.

It is certainly possible that Gurdjieff may have intended that at least parts of what he sought to transmit to be passed along via his living legacy. The “unfinished” nature of the Third Series, and the readily acknowledged fact noted therein that some of the techniques (such as those of breathing) used in teaching could not be transmitted in writing and had to be learned via contacts with living followers, all point to the significance of his pupils as important sources of knowledge about Gurdjieff.

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