George Gurdjieff

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Born: 14.01.1866 in Alexandropol, Russian Empire
Passed away: 29.10.1949

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George Ivanovich Gurdjieff

Armenian: Գեորգի Իվանովիչ Գյուրջիև
Georgian: გიორგი გურჯიევი
Greek: Γεώργιος Γεωργιάδης
Russian: Гео́ргий Ива́нович Гюрджи́ев

January 14, 1866? – October 29, 1949

was a mystic and spiritual teacher. He called his discipline "The Work" (connoting "work on oneself") according to Gurdjieff's principles and instructions, or (originally) the "Fourth Way".

At different times in his life, Gurdjieff formed and closed various schools around the world to teach the work. He claimed that the teachings he brought to the West from his own experiences and early travels expressed the truth found in ancient religions and wisdom teachings relating to self-awareness in people's daily lives and humanity's place in the universe.[5] The title of his third series of writings, Life Is Real Only Then, When 'I Am', expresses the essence of his teachings.

His complete series of books is entitled "All and Everything".

Gurdjieff was born to a Greek father and Armenian mother in Alexandropol (now Gyumri, Armenia), then part of the Russian Empire. The Muslims around Georgia call the Georgian people gurdjis, which may account for the root of the name "Gurdjieff"

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