George Gurdjieff

(George Ivanovich Gurdjieff)

George Gurdjieff
George Gurdjieff
  • Born: January 13, 1872
  • Died: October 29, 1949
  • Nationality: Armenian
  • Profession: Philosopher

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George Ivanovich Gurdjieff was a mystic, philosopher, spiritual teacher, and composer of Armenian and Greek descent, born in Alexandrapol (now Gyumri), Armenia. Gurdjieff taught that most humans do not possess a unified consciousness, and thus live their lives in a state of hypnotic "waking sleep", but that it is possible to awaken to a higher state of consciousness and achieve full human potential. Gurdjieff described a method attempting to do so, calling the discipline "The Work" (connoting "work on oneself") or "the Method". According to his principles and instructions, Gurdjieff's method for awakening one's consciousness unites the methods of the fakir, monk and yogi, and thus he referred to it as the "Fourth Way".

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I ask you to believe nothing that you cannot verify for yourself. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
In properly organized groups no faith is required; what is required is simply a little trust and even that only for a little while, for the sooner a man begins to verify all he hears the better it is for him. Trust ;Religion & God ;Miscellaneous
It is impossible to recognize a wrong way without knowing the right way. This means that it is no use troubling oneself how to recognize a wrong way. One must think of how to find the right way. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
RELIGION IS DOING; a man does not merely think his religion or feel it, he lives his religion as much as he is able, otherwise it is not religion but fantasy or philosophy. Whether he likes it or not he shows his attitude towards religion by his actions and he can show his attitude only by his actions. Therefore if his actions are opposed to those which are demanded by a given religion he cannot assert that he belongs to that religion. Religion & God
A man can only attain knowledge with the help of those who possess it. This must be understood from the very beginning. One must learn from him who knows. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
A man is never the same for long. He is continually changing. He seldom remains the same even for half an hour.
A man will renounce any pleasures you like but he will not give up his suffering.
A 'sin' is something which is not necessary.
Every ceremony or rite has a value if it is performed without alteration. A ceremony is a book in which a great deal is written. Anyone who understands can read it. One rite often contains more than a hundred books.
If you want to lose your faith, make friends with a priest. Religion & God
It is the greatest mistake to think that man is always one and the same. A man is never the same for long. He is continually changing. He seldom remains the same even for half an hour.
Laughter relieves us of superfluous energy, which, if it remained unused, might become negative, that is, poison. Laughter is the antidote.
Religion is doing; a man does not merely think his religion or feel it, he lives his religion as much as he is able, otherwise it is not religion but fantasy or philosophy. Religion & God
Without self knowledge, without understanding the working and functions of his machine, man cannot be free, he cannot govern himself and he will always remain a slave. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Without struggle, no progress and no result. Every breaking of habit produces a change in the machine.