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Right around the turn of the 20th century, G.I. Gurdjieff initiated a group of spiritual adventurers called the "Seekers of Truth." These intrepid intellectuals of every stripe crisscrossed Africa and Asia in search of the hidden mysteries of antiquity. In Meetings with Remarkable Men, Gurdjieff narrates their exploits while drawing portraits of these extraordinary figures (including one woman and a dog). Half travel journal, half autobiography, Meetings with Remarkable Men begins with Gurdieff's childhood, when he finds his book learning at odds with paranormal events that were self-evident but inexplicable through modern science. Later he discovers a map of "pre-sands Egypt" and evidence of the Sarmound Brotherhood, alleged keepers of ancient wisdom dating back four and a half millennia. He climbs the Himalayas, follows the Nile, and is led blindfolded to a mysterious monastery. In his encounters with dervishes, monks, and fakirs, Gurdjieff recovers the wisdom he seeks; by comparison, European understanding, he says, is backwards and barbaric. A controversial figure in his time, Gurdjieff inspired deep love and loyalty in his pupils and ridicule from skeptics. At the bookends of Meetings with Remarkable Men, Gurdjieff suggests the value of blurring the line between allegory and straight reporting. But then what exactly is Meetings with Remarkable Men? You be the judge. --Brian Bruya
G. I. Gurdjieff was born in 1887 in Alexandropol. After studying with spiritual masters in the Near East and Asia, he founded the Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man in France.
Loads of big words, flowery language, and making things sound unbelievably important, but very little content. I threw my copy away, because it wasn't worth giving away.Published 1 month ago by Stephen Hughes
The introduction was one of the worst I've ever read, but after that the book was fairly decent. Not bad.Published 3 months ago by Jim Kelley
A great insight into the being of this profound and unique mystic. Wow!Published 10 months ago by James Webster
Fascinating and bizarre book. One gets the sense that fact and fiction are woven together seamlessly. Sometimes the book is self effacing and at other times oddly egoic. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jack
This book is about the mystic quest, and one very human mystic walking it.Published 11 months ago by Ellen Goldberg