George Gurdjieff

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A Brief Introduction
by Premananda

G. I. Gurdjieff and His School
 by Jacob Needleman

Some sayings of Gurdjieff
"The crowd neither wants nor seeks knowledge, and the leaders of the crowd, in their own interests, try to strengthen its fear and dislike of everything new and unknown. The slavery in which mankind lives is based upon this fear."

An interesting version of Gurdjieff's enneagram which suggests the possibility of certain musical chords expressing the structure of Law of Three and The Law of Seven.

The enneagram is a mystical figure of nine sides which maps the interactions of cosmic law.

Another diagram outlines the notes of the octave in the simplest way.

Profile of Gurdjieff
Facts, links, bibliography

Gurdjieff in America

The Series of 39
Information about Gurdjieff's dances

Book List


The Fourth Way
A good introduction to Fourth Way Teachings

The Gurdjieff Teaching

"George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff (1866?-1949) was born and educated in Russian Armenia. He spent years searching in Central Asia, North Africa, and other places for a hidden tradition whose traces he had encountered in youth. Durning this search he came into contact with certain esoteric schools. In the early 1900's he brought to Europe a teaching that he had developed from the results of this contact.

"Gurdjieff's basic teaching is that human life is lived in waking sleep; transcendence of the sleeping state requires a specific inner work, which is practiced in private quiet conditions, and in the midst of life with others. This leads to otherwise inaccessible levels of vitality and awareness.

"Though Gurdjieff's name has become familiar in recent years, the real nature of his work is still little known. The Way of Gurdjieff is an oral tradition. The understanding of his work can only be received by direct contact between teacher and pupil, and by the work of pupils together in organised groups. Under conditions of a special atmosphere of trust that can exist in such a group, people working together learn to face their own inner poverty and confusion. Working in this way, conscience is awakened along with consciousness. Consciousness, Conscience, and Sensation form the tripod upon which an integrated development of human potential must be based.

"Gurdjieff prepared a nucleus of people to be able to transmit his teaching after his death. This nucleus with the assistance of others who have subsequently been prepared maintains a series of centers throughout the world where Gurdjieff's methods are practiced."


This site publishes the Gurdjieff International Review with many excellent articles about Gurdjieff. Be sure to check out the index of back issues here.

Gurdjieff Study Group


Meetings with a Remarkable Paradox
Article from Gnosis Magazine

Another Article about Gurdjieff
by John Shirley (Originally published in Fringe Ware Review #5.

Duversity group
Good site with many articles available; see the Library


A site about this diagram used in the Gurdjieff teachings


Some Gurdjieff Links
Gurdjieff: Teacher of Radical Transformation
Article by Theodore J. Nottingham

The Sound of Gurdjieff
Good article about Gurdjieff's music

Triangle Records
  Source for the music composed by Gurdjieff
Another source for Gurdjieff's Music

Peter Ouspensky

Disciple of Gurdjieff and author of
In Search of the Miraculous


The Ray of Creation
and its three octaves