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The Last Esoteric Message

Posted by lahar9jhadav on February 11, 2013

by William Patrick Patterson

William Patrick Patterson

William Patrick Patterson

Just as many religions have been introduced during the current cycle of humanity, there have also been esoteric teachings which teach how to do what the exoteric part of religion preaches. Gurdjieff said an esoteric teaching is “preserved in secret in special schools and with its help it is always possible to rectify what has been distorted [in religion] or to restore what has been forgotten.”

All the religious revelations failed to create the New Type of Man needed to fill the enlarging gap. Warned Gurdjieff: “Humanity is at a standstill and from a standstill there is a straight path to downfall and degeneration…. There is nothing that points to evolution proceeding. On the contrary when we compare humanity with a man we quite clearly see a growth of personality at the cost of essence, that is, a growth of the artificial, the unreal, and what is foreign, at the cost of the natural, the real, and what is one’s own…. Contemporary culture requires automatons. And people are undoubtedly losing their acquired habits of independence and turning into automatons, into parts of machines…. Man is becoming a willing slave. He no longer needs chains. He begins to grow fond of his slavery, to be proud of it. And this is the most terrible thing that can happen to a man.”

In a rare political pronouncement Gurdjieff predicted that the eastern world would again rise to a position of world importance and become a threat to the momentarily all-powerful, all-influential new culture of the western world dominated by America, a country that was very strong but also very young.

Gurdjieff said that one should look at the world in the same way that one would look at another person or at oneself. The world was, in a sense, only a reflection or an enlargement of the individual world in each of us. Just as there were two sides to a person, there were two sides to the earth. To bring each of these sides together so that they might live in peace and harmony was the one fundamental purpose of all messiahs and messengers from the gods. He said that the time was very short. That it was necessary to achieve this world harmony as soon as possible to avoid a complete disaster.

Gurdjieff said that the world harmony of which he spoke could not be achieved by politics, philosophy, religion or any other organized movement that treated “man in the mass.” It could only be accomplished through the individual development of man. In doing so, an individual’s unknown potentialities would become strong so that he might influence many more people. If enough individuals could develop themselves—even partially—into genuine, natural men, each such individual would then be able to convince and win over as many as a hundred other men, who would, each in his turn, be able to influence another hundred, and so on.

For the current cycle, Gurdjieff brought the ancient teaching of The Fourth Way—a sacred and scientific teaching of self-transformation—which speaks directly to our situation and gives the principles and practices by which human beings individually and collectively come to a new awakening. The Fourth Way is the last esoteric message and teaching.

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Europe
  • France
    • The Institut Gurdjieff was formed in 1949 by Jeanne de Salzmann soon after Gurdjieff’s death and is located in Paris.
  • United Kingdom
    • The Gurdjieff Society is located in London and was formed according to directions Gurdjieff had previously given to Jeanne de Salzmann. The work of the Society, including the teaching of movements, continues on the lines she established at that time.
United States
  • Eastern
    • The Gurdjieff Foundation of New York, since its creation in 1953, has been dedicated to preserving the essence, specificity and integrity of the teaching of G. I. Gurdjieff in North America. Because the Internet is now a dominant resource for many seeking information, the Foundation has provided the following telephone number for those who wish to establish contact: 212-838-7727. This is a dedicated line intended exclusively for initial inquiries. The Foundation will be grateful if its purpose is respected.
    • The Gurdjieff Society of Massachusetts is located in Cambridge with participants from the Boston area and neighboring states.
    • The Gurdjieff Foundation of Western Massachusetts is located in Northampton, Massachusetts and is affiliated with the Gurdjieff Foundation of New York.
    • The Gurdjieff Foundation of Philadelphia is affiliated with the Gurdjieff Foundation of New York.
    • The Gurdjieff Society of Washington D.C. was founded in 1947 by Hugh B. Ripman, an early student of Ouspensky, later a student of G. I. Gurdjieff and Jeanne de Salzmann.
    • The Gurdjieff Foundation of Western North Carolina is located in Asheville and is related to the Gurdjieff Foundation of New York. Our activities include evening meetings for self-study, for understanding and applying the ideas of Gurdjieff, and for the study of his dances and music.
    • The Gurdjieff Foundation of Alabama is affiliated with the Gurdjieff Foundation of New York.
    • The Gurdjieff Foundation of Ohio was founded in 1963 by the members of the Gurdjieff Foundation of New York and since that time has remained closely linked. It is centered in Cleveland and draws members from all of Ohio and Southeast Michigan.
  • Central
  • Mountain
    • The Gurdjieff Colorado Foundation is affiliated with the Gurdjieff Foundation of New York and California. Located in Dever, the group was started by John Fuchs, at the request of Lord John Pentland, whom Mr. Gurdjieff left in charge of the continuation of his work in North America.
    • The Gurdjieff Foundation of Colorado is affiliated with the Gurdjieff Foundations of California and New York, and Gurdjieff Foundations throughout the world. Located in Boulder, Colorado, they maintain connections with people studying Gurdjieff’s teaching in Wyoming, Utah, and New Mexico.
    • The Gurdjieff Foundation of Idaho is affiliated with the Gurdjieff Foundation of New York as well as other Gurdjieff Foundations throughout the world. The group is located in Sandpoint, Idaho.
    • The Gurdjieff Foundation of Arizona is based in Phoenix.
    • The Gurdjieff Foundation of New Mexico is affiliated with the Gurdjieff Foundation of New York and the Gurdjieff Foundations of California.
  • Pacific
    • The Gurdjieff Foundation of San Francisco can be contacted by writing the Gurdjieff Foundation of California, 3119 20th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110, or by calling 415-647-8797.
    • The Gurdjieff Foundation of Los Angeles was established in 1959 under the guidance of John Pentland, then President of the Gurdjieff Foundation of New York, and other students of Gurdjieff. The Los Angeles group maintains close ties to the Gurdjieff Foundations in San Francisco, New York, and Paris.
    • The Gurdjieff Foundation of Orange County was established and operates under the direction of the Los Angeles Gurdjieff Foundation.
    • The Gurdjieff Society of San Diego is a non-profit organization focused on putting into practice G. I. Gurdjieff’s teaching on the development of real Being.
    • The Gurdjieff Foundation of Oregon, located in Portland and affiliated with the other Gurdjieff Foundations worldwide, was established in 2000 to support the study and practice of the teaching of G. I. Gurdjieff.
    • The Gurdjieff Foundation of Seattle is affiliated with other Gurdjieff Foundations worldwide and was established in 1989 to support the study and practice of the teaching of G.I. Gurdjieff.
    • The Gurdjieff Foundation of Reno can be contacted at: GurdjieffReno@aol.com.
    • The Gurdjieff Foundation of Hawai’i is located in Honolulu and is affiliated with the Gurdjieff Foundation of San Francisco.
Canada
  • Located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the Gurdjieff Foundation of Atlantic Canada, originally called the Association for Experimental Studies, is a group of people in the Atlantic provinces who are engaged in the study and practice of the teaching of G. I. Gurdjieff.
  • Located in Halifax, Nova Scotia & St John, New Brunswick, the Gurdjieff Association of the Maritimes is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a forum for spiritual search based on the teaching and writings of G.I. Gurdjieff and his pupils.
  • Located in Montreal, Quebec, the method of work practised in the Gurdjieff Foundation of Canada consists of group exchanges, movements and exercises, meditation and practical work, all based on the ideas of Gurdjieff.
  • Located in Toronto, Ontario, the Gurdjieff Foundation: the Society for Traditional Studies was initiated by Thomas and Olga de Hartmann in 1954, one year after the opening of the New York Foundation. The group is one of the oldest Gurdjieff Foundations in North America, and the first in Canada.
  • Located in Toronto, Ontario, the Gurdjieff Foundation of Toronto: Summerhill Experimental Group (begun 1997), was founded to advance the understanding, preservation, and transmission of the oral, written and artistic work of G. I. Gurdjieff.
  • Located in Toronto, Ontario, the Toronto Gurdjieff Group was begun in 2005.
  • Located in Edmonton, Alberta, the Gurdjieff Foundation of Alberta can be contacted at: tomkinsg@shaw.ca.
  • Located in Vancouver, British Columbia, the Gurdjieff Foundation of British Columbia fosters the study and practice of the spiritual teaching brought to the West by G. I. Gurdjieff.
  • Located in Victoria, British Columbia, the the Victoria Group can be contacted at: victoria-gurdjieff@hotmail.com.
Mexico
  • The Fundacion Gurdjieff de Mexico was initiated in 1951 by several disciples of Mr. Gurdjieff from France, UK, and the USA, is affiliated with the Gurdjieff Foundation of New York and the Institut Gurdjieff in France, and is located in Mexico City.
South America
Asia
  • The Gurdjieff Foundation of India consists of a group of people in India practicing and reading G. I. Gurdjieff’s teaching. They are associated with the Gurdjieff Foundation of New York through a close association with the Gurdjieff Foundation of Atlantic Canada.
Africa
  • The Gurdjieff Group of South Africa was formed in Cape Town in March, 1990 and has been active for 20 years. There are now groups in Cape Town and Johannesburg/Pretoria offering regular meetings, work days, movements and extended work sessions. The group’s affiliation is with the London Gurdjieff Society and contact is maintained with the Gurdjieff Foundation of New York.
Australia
  • Based in Sydney, the Gurdjieff Society of Australia works with groups and individuals throughout Australia and New Zealand. Written contact can be made by writing: The Gurdjieff Society of Australia, PO Box 225, Northbridge, NSW 2063.

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