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Gurdjieff, George Ivanovitch

A Tribute to G. I. Gurdjieff

This is the longest film available about Mr. Gurdjieff - in the end some Movements. The film is taken most likely in 1949, the year he died.

Eight Meetings in Paris 1943, 1944, 1946

You must educate your body with your head, consciously. It is very simple. Never allow it to do what it wants. You make it do everything contrary to that which it loves. It likes sugar; you do not give it any.

Meetings 1941 - 1944

Today you must sacrifice everything for the sake of the future. All present pleasures. One cannot enter the kingdom of heaven and at the same time eat cakes.


The formula "Know thyself" is in this respect full of the profoundest meaning -it is one of the symbols of the knowledge of truth.

The Meaning of Life

A new order of receptivity comes from the union of intellect and superior emotions, but it is not created by them. A tree springs from the ground, but it is not created by the earth. A grain is necessary. A grain may be there or not. If it is there t

Writings on Mullah Nassr Eddin

These Mullah Nassr Eddin writings, anecdotes and jokes are from the 1931 Beelzebub's Tales manuscript.


Exctract from "Lecture on Symbolism", an intoduction to Gurdjieff's ideas on the subject.

Contact with God

This extract is from a 1944 group meeting in Paris.


This is an extract from 'Some Questions and Answers from the French Group' and dates to the 1940's Paris.

Work and Life

This is an extract from a group meeting in Paris and dates to the 1940's.