Gurdjieff, Sufism & Mohammed

by William Patrick Patterson

     Ever since Mr. Gurdjieff’s death, Sufis have claimed him as one of theirs. Either that or claimed that the teaching he brought is really Sufism in disguise. Parallels between Sufism and the ancient teaching of The Fourth Way can be pointed out, of course, certain of his dances, music and perhaps some practices. No one […]

Gurdjieff & Christianity

by William Patrick Patterson

     Was Gurdjieff a Christian? The orientation of the teaching—is it Christian? Entering the new millennium, some fifty years after Mr. Gurdjieff’s passing, it is important to begin to understand the part that Christianity played in his life and in the teaching he brought.       Certainly, as Gurdjieff makes clear in Meetings With Remarkable Men, he was […]

Gurdjieff & The New Age Part IX, Franklin Jones & Rudi Part I

by William Patrick Patterson

Adi Da, the self-exiled teacher and self-described Avatar of our Age lived among his devotees for some 23 years on his own island in Fiji. His first teacher was Albert Rudolph, aka Rudi, a former Fourth Way student who had “the Force.”

This is Part I of III, printed in “The Gurdjieff Journal,” and is available at http://www.Gurdjieff-Legacy.Org.

Live in the Head, Die in the Streets

by William Patrick Patterson

William Patrick Patterson is interviewed about his new book, “Spiritual Survival in a Radically Changing World-Time,” on Dr. Michael Kell’s weekly radio show, “Mind, Body & Senses.”

Gurdjieff & Fritz Peters, Part I

by William Patrick Patterson

     Much has been written of Gurdjieff’s relationship with his chief pupils, but his relationship with Fritz Peters is rarely, if ever, mentioned. And yet, it is unique. Only 11 years old when he first met Gurdjieff in 1924, just a month before Gurdjieff’s car crash, Fritz Peters was quickly drawn into the life of the […]

Gurdjieff & Money

by William Patrick Patterson

     When Mr. Gurdjieff arrived in Russia in 1912 he did not come as a beggar but as a man of some wealth. He came with a million rubles, a fantastic sum at that time; one ruble could feed a lower-class family of five for about three days. He came as well with two invaluable collections, […]

Gurdjieff’s Cheek

by William Patrick Patterson

      “I do not pretend to understand George Ivanovitch,” said Mme Ouspensky. “For me he is X.” It was January 1924 and her husband had just left Gurdjieff. His leaving—with the added admonition to his students forbidding them to see or speak about Mr. Gurdjieff—put into high relief the by-then perennial question: who was Gurdjieff? A […]

Who Is Mr. Gurdjieff? What Is the Origin of The Teaching?

by William Patrick Patterson

     Those who do not know history are not only condemned to repeat it, but they also allow history to be distorted. A graphic example is the new edition of P. D. Ouspensky’s In Search of the Miraculous. Its cover shows a Middle Eastern man, presumably a Sufi, and the book is described as being “The […]

Gurdjieff & Fritz Peters, Part II

by William Patrick Patterson

     What did Gurdjieff see in Fritz Peters? Why did he take him so intimately into his life? Why did he give him personal lessons? He spoke about this in part in 1931 when he told Peters: “When you come Prieuré first time you not yet spoiled, have not learn to lie to self. Already even […]