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  Sense and Significance     by: Tony Lutz
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Gurdjieff's Lifelong Question



quote small leftWhat is the sense and significance of life on Earth,

Click for footnote ¹   

[1] “What is the sense and significance of life on Earth,
    and human life in particular?”
      (a typical "answer" is given below ↓)



Excerpts from: The Gurdjieff Studies Program - G.I. Gurdjieff

     At an early age he awakened to a profound experience of the "whole sensation" of himself, a deep, dimensional self-remembering that became the foundation of his Being. Thus at an early age, Gurdjieff had already realized a high degree of being.

     Experiencing wars and descrution, and the mindless mechanicality of man who he saw as asleep to their self and so living in needless confusion and misery, the question burned in him:

  • quote small leftWhat is the sense and significance of life on Earth and human life in particular?quote small right

Feeling "an irrepressible striving" to discover why is there life on earth, what purpose does it serve, if any, Gurdjieff studied orthodox religion and science but found no adequate answer.  He came to intuit that the wisdom societies of ancient civilizations held the key to man's true identity and purpose.

     His search took him to many remote and dangerous places before he finally discovered the "true principles and ideas" of a seminal, ancient teaching in prehistoric Egypt and Abyssinia (present-day Ethiopia). Having discovered the principles and ideas, Gurdjieff realized that over time elements of the teaching had migrated from Egypt northward and he renewed his search.

     This second search led him to Babylon, the Hindu Kush, Siberia and the Gobi desert, where he gathered the dispersed elements of the ancient teaching that was completely unknown up to the present time.

     Gurdjieff then reassembled and reformulated the esoteric teaching of self-transformation he had discovered -- to meet the demands of modern times.  Gurdjieff called this teaching The Fourth Way.

     Humanity, he recognized, was in dire need of this knowledge, for humanity had entered a crucial period in its development. "Unless the wisdom of the East and the energy of the west," he said, "could be harnessed and used harmoniously, the world would be destroyed."  In 1911 Gurdjieff took a vow to awaken people to a new level of being, of consciousness, of conscience; in a word, to a new type of man.


 

   and human life in particular? [1]quote small right


Gurdjieff never gave a simple answer to that simple question!


Having asked that specific question from an early age (probably about the time of his grandmother's death – at age 8), and after acquiring a large expanse of knowledge, wisdom and understanding during his 80 or so years incarnate on earth — why did Gurdjieff NEVER offer a simple answer to that specific question?

quote small leftIf you can’t explain it simply,
    you don’t understand it well enough.
quote small right
      – Famous saying often (mistakenly) attributed to Einstein. [2]

          Perhaps Gurdjieff NEVER offered an answer to his lifelong question,
          because he did not understand it sense significance well enough to explain it sense significance simply.

  Who Was Gurdjieff?  
Introduction

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Below are (10) reports on and about G.I. Gurdjieff, ranging from 'hero worship' by various indoctrinated students of the Fourth Way to 'myth busting' accounts by people not within the Gurdjieff-followers community.

Gurdjieff's personal story about his father (chapter 2 of Meetings with Remarkable Men) is also reprinted here.

Contents

  1. Introduction  
  2. Gurdjieff's Biography | From: Gurdjieff Club  
  3. Who is G.I. Gurdjieff? | From: Gurdjieff Foundation of Austin  
  4. Gurdjieff – The Man and the Literature by James Moore  
  5. Black Sheep Philosophers: Gurdjieff – Ouspensky – Orage  
    From: Gurdjieff International Review | by Gorham Munson  
  6. The Incomparable Mr. G. | From: selfdefinition.org  
  7. The Sufi Conspiracy | From: Conspiracy School
  8. Scratch a Magus, Find a Spy | From: Iona Miller  
  9. Gurdjieff by Anthony Storr | From: Feet of Clay - A Study of Gurus  
  10. Good Grief! Gurdjieff in Tibet? | From: tibeto-logic  
  11. Was Gurdjieff Irish?? | From: eye of the cyclone  
  12. Meetings with Remarkable Men, Chapter 2 | My Father  
  Gurdjieff, Beelzebub, and Zecharia Sitchin       From: Dark Star
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For a couple of years between 1999 and 2001 I was part of a private and informal online group of researchers from around the world engaged in study of the so-called “secret history” of the human race. This involved looking into ancient scriptures and texts from Sanskrit, Sumerian, and Hebrew sources amongst other things.

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