By Mohammad Tamdgidi

This publication explores the lifestyles and concepts 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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I. Gurdjieff: Time, Word and Being in All and Everything (2007a) aims to be “the first reading of the three series of Gurdjieff ’s All and Everything as an organic whole” (back cover). Aside from the fact that it gives marginal attention to The Herald of Coming Good, his study focuses on a subject that differs from one undertaken in the present work in terms of exploring the place of hypnosis in Gurdjieff ’s teaching and life. It is noteworthy that the original version of the present study involving a systematic study of all of Gurdjieff ’s writings (including Herald), with a central focus on the place of hypnosis in his teaching, was deposited (as part of my doctoral dissertation) with University Microfilms International (UMI) in 2002.

For earlier efforts see his (with the Gurdjieff Foundation of California) Gurdjieff: An Annotated Bibliography, with an Introductory Essay by Michel De Salzmann (1985) and Gurdjieff: A Reading Guide (2004). For a condensation of two essays featured in the latter, see his “The Gurdjieff Literature” (2007a) in B. A. Russell’s (compiler) Gurdjieff ” Eight Key Evocations; also see his The Essence of Orage. Some Aphorisms and Observations (1997), his (with George Baker) “Gurdjieff in America: An Overview” (1995), and his “Bibliography” compiled in Speeth and Friedlander’s Gurdjieff: Seeker of the Truth (1980).

This may then be used to critique his ideas not from the standpoint of extraneous data or facts, but of the inner contradictions and logical inconsistencies of his own arguments. The present study aims to demonstrate that adopting a hermeneutic method for understanding Gurdjieff ’s life and teaching through his writings is essential for decoding the central message or “gist” of his legacy.

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