A Timeless Man

Today we celebrate another anniversary of the birth of George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff.

The man was so surrounded by mystery that we do not even know with exactitude when he was born. And in his own biography he made sure that none could trace his trail through the lands of the Middle and Far East and Northern Africa. And even when he was in the West, he disappeared from sight from May to September of 1935. None knows where he was and where he went during those months.

And even in death he was a mystery. When he was taken to the hospital to his appointed death, here is how he left his apartment at 6 Rue des Colonel Rènard in bright pajamas and smoking, against doctor’s orders, a Gauloise Bleu:

“He sat upright on the stretcher, and was carried away like a Royal Prince! All his family was clustered at the street door (the crusty old concierge was in tears!) and as they carried him across the pavement he made a little gesture, a sort of wave with his hands and said, ‘A revoir, tout le monde!’”And then hours later, in the America Hospital, the Royal Prince died like a King.

And reportedly, before his final death or Sacred Rascooarno, he uttered these words: “I leave you in fine mess.”

Who was this man?

To ask this question is like to ask who was King Arthur or Merlin the Magician or Mullah Nassr Eddin or Saint George or Al Khidir. He was one of those timeless men who weave their ways through time, tradition and myth.

Future generations will find difficult to separate the man from the myth he himself created for us.

But who was this man?

It does not really matter to find the answer to this question. We will never find it, anyhow. What matters to us is to ask the question he invited us to ask:

Who am I?



About willmesa

I have been studying and working with the ideas of G.I. Gurdjieff exposed in his Opus Magnum Beelzebub’s Tales to His Grandson. The intention of this blog is to share these ideas with people around the world. For more information about me, please search in Google for Will Mesa
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2 Responses to A Timeless Man

  1. Thanks , I’ve recently been searching for information about this subject for
    ages and yours is the greatest I’ve discovered till now.

    However, what in regards to the conclusion? Are you sure in regards to the source?

    • willmesa says:

      Hi. Thanks for your comments and your questions which are very good in relation to the matter of waking up from our dream state and waking dream estate as well. The main source fr my short piece is the book by James Moore Gurdjieff: A Biography, probably the best ever written in relation to the details of the life of Mr. Gurdjieff. Concerning what you ask about the conclusions, I guess you mean the quetstion Who Am I? Well, that is the mother of all questions. And none, nobody in the phenomenal world can answer it for you. And your answer have to be found only in the solitude of Silence. As you probably know if you read my latest post in this blog, I am now closing it. But if you have any further question concerning your present comments and questions, you can email me at willmesa@aol.com

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