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Joseph Azize

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190064075

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190064075.001.0001

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An Overview of Gurdjieff’s Ideas

An Overview of Gurdjieff’s Ideas

(p.51) 2 An Overview of Gurdjieff’s Ideas

Joseph Azize

Oxford University Press

Gurdjieff’s teaching was based on a set of coherent principles, relating the ultimate unity of the Creation to the diversity of the phenomena in it. Reality, for Gurdjieff, is a property of the whole, the reality of the phenomena being only relative. This analysis considers his doctrines of matter and materiality, the Ray of Creation (the procession of existence, from God or the Absolute to humanity). This chapter also treats of his anthropology, based on the human “centers” or brains, and the concepts of “doing” and “sleep,” “work,” “self-remembering,” the digestion of cosmic goods, duty and “conscious labor and intentional suffering,” and, finally, his views on religion and prayer.

Keywords:   G. I. Gurdjieff, P. D. Ouspensky, Beelzebub’s Tales to his Grandson, Ray of Creation, self-remembering, conscious labor, intentional suffering, esoteric religion, esoteric prayer

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