The John Robert Colombo Page. During his productive career, the scholar and writer, now in his seventies, has devoted books to a variety of subjects of relevance, including the nature of democracy in America, the object of philosophy, the role of the physician in society, the characteristics of money, the features of goodness, new religions, ancient and modern technologies, etc. He has been a busy man, and the above activities do not take into account his work in the domain of the Work itself. He has now produced two more books in this field — or might I say one full book and one booklet?
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Like Zen, this tradition has been an oral one emphasizing the relationship of teacher to student. But there have also been extensive writings on this tradition, and The Inner Journey collects some of the best of these in the form of essays, interviews, and fables. Read more Read less. Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Introduction to the Gurdjieff Work.
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The book is a mish-mash of articles by experts and selected quotes from Gurdjieff himself. As an introduction to his work it is not useful, because it will come across as weird. You'd ask, what's the big deal here? Gurdjieff as a man, according to all accounts, had something to say and had skills of teaching that were unusual. He tended to be practical, which is rather refreshing.
He composed music, orchestrated sacred dance, smoked a lot, drank a lot. Not a pure image, but he didn't care about that. One biography states that the autopsy performed on his body when he died in found a liver that was riddled with cancer. The doctor estimated that he should have died years earlier.
The film is interesting, more as a document than as a feature adventure film. It fails in that last regard, but it succeeds extremely well in painting the early life of Gurdjieff. One scene, opening the film, has always stood out in my memory.
A musical contest held in the rugged mountains of Armenia or Afghanistan. Musicians sit on a platform. One after another they perform. After each attempt everyone is silent and looks around at the mountains, as if expecting something to happen.
Then at last a singer creates the effect that wins him the competition: he makes the mountains sing. This is really done well in the film. I am in the process of understanding Gurdjieff's Work. While not easy, it is a long and thoughtful process that is often difficult to absorb. The interviews and articles included in this anthology tie in perfectly with Gurdjieff's Fourth Way.
As a bonus, this book includes the dvd of Gurdjieff's "Meetings With Remarkable Men" which was directed by Peter Brook and Madame de Saltzmann and depicts the early years of his spiritual journey. Also included are Gurdjieff's Movements accompanied by his music.
I found this interesting to watch as it enhanced my perception of the Work and Gurdjieff's life. This is a great compilation Gurdjieff brought to us thru alot of effort on his part very glad Parabola has done this series.. G's working system is so relevant to our times. I bought the book because of this movie.
I had seen it many years ago and wanted to have it again. The book itself is a good read. Gurdjieff's teachings were a bit cryptic to say the least.
I love the guy, though. He points the finger exactly at what is phony in this modern system in which we all are imprisoned like in a gilded cage. I have read all of Gurdjieff's works as well other books about him and his work, which all proved to be quite intriguing, and "The Inner Journey" as edited by Jacob Needleman is no exception.
It is basically a good collection of articles and interviews on G. Gurdjieff and his works. However, it is read as more of an introduction to the Gurdjieff Work than as a supplemental, and it's a great reading on the subject. Admittedly, what has really brought me to purchase this book is the desire to watch the DVD of "Meetings with Remarkable Men" though, it did saddened me to watch it without any subtitles that came with it where it couldn't be brought elsewhere at this point in time.
The only aspects of this film that has fascinated me were the dances and the "movements" as directed by talented Peter Brook and Madame de Saltzmann. They really were enchanting. Gurdjieff was an idiosyncratic, often obscure but always insightful teacher who brought to the West a teaching he called the Fourth Way.
This collection of articles from PARABOLA magazine includes several excerpts from his writings as well as essays written by students of his and religious scholars. As a bonus, this book includes a DVD of the film version of Gurdjieff's book about the early years of his spiritual search "Meetings with Remarkable Men. I'm very pleased with this book which is an anthology of articles and interviews on the subject of G. Gurdjieff and his spiritual system, all taken from past issues of Parabola: the Magazine of Myth and Tradition.
The highlight of the film, in my opinion, are the scenes of Gurdjieff's "movements" or sacred dances, performed to his arrangements of folk and sacred music gleaned from his travels. If you are interested in Gurdjieff, yet have never read anything or little of his work, this is a great place to start.
It contains several of the very best excerpts from the writings of Gurdjieff, Ouspensky and many other Fourth Way teachers. It is well organized, beautifully designed and extraordinarily accessible. If you have already read much of the Gurdjieff literature, I highly recommend this as well. Each chapter is a powerful reminder of what this work is about. And there are many chapters that have only appeared in Parabola. To have all of this so accessible in one place is a marvel.
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