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G.I. Gurdjieff

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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 considered a mystic and a spiritual teacher. He called his discipline “The Work”(connoting “work on oneself”. He claimed that the teachings he brought to the West from his own experiences and early travels around East expressed the truth found in other ancient religions and teachings relating to self-awareness in one’s daily life and humanity’s place in the universe. It might be summed up by the title of his book: Life is Real Only Then, When ‘I Am’.

Gurdjieff claimed that people cannot perceive reality in their current states because they do not possess consciousness but rather live in a state of a hypnotic “waking sleep”.
“Man lives his life in sleep, and in sleep he dies.”[18] As a result of this condition, each person perceives things from a completely subjective perspective. Gurdjieff stated that maleficent events such as wars and so on could not possibly take place if people were more awake. He asserted that people in their typical state function as unconscious automatons, but that one can “wake up” and become a different sort of human being altogether.

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The Gurdjieff music divides into three distinct periods. The first period is the early music, including music from the ballet Struggle of the Magicians and music for early Movements, dating to the years around 1918.

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