From a master biographer and longtime Gurdjieff practitioner, a brilliant new exploration of the quintessential Western esoteric teacher of the twentieth-century.
ROGER LIPSEY is a biographer, art historian, translator, and, for many decades, a participant in the Gurdjieff teaching. He is the author of Coomaraswamy- His Life and Work; An Art of Our Own- The Spiritual in Twentieth-Century Art; Angelic Mistakes- The Art of Thomas Merton; Make Peace Before the Sun Goes Down- The Long Encounter of Thomas Merton and His Abbott, James Fox; and Hammarskj ld- A Life, which has been hailed as the definitive biography of Dag Hammarskj ld. Since the publication of the Hammarskj ld biography, Roger speaks in many parts of the world under the auspices of the United Nations educational service.
This work is exceptionally well written, limpid in style, terse in
expression, and clear in sense. It is more than an excellent
introduction to Gurdjieff for readers who know little of him or his
work; it is, in effect, Gurdjieff considered as well as
re-considered.--Paul Beekman Taylor, author of G.I. Gurdjieff: A
New Life and Gurdjieff in the Public Eye "More than
Gurdjieff reconsidered, this book is Gurdjieff rediscovered. Behind
us are the rumors, shadows, circular repetitions of vague and
undocumented criticism. We discover a man of infinite humanity.
Gurdjieff was in advance of his time. His extremely innovative
thinking, his all-embracing spiritual teaching, his music and
Movements are pure gold and pure light for our troubled
times."--Basarab Nicolescu, author of From Modernity to
Cosmodernity "Lipsey's careful and insightful account of the
various periods of Gurdjieff's teaching, beautifully framed by
avoiding 'explanations' of his ideas, enables him to bring home to
the reader the living, passionate, and grounded man himself.
Lipsey's humanity and wide perspective lead him to situate
Gurdjieff in the company of many humane revolutionaries, ancient
and modern. An exemplary contribution to the conversation."--A. G.
E. Blake, author of The Intelligent Enneagram
"Lipsey's Gurdjieff Reconsidered is a welcome addition to the field of Gurdjieff Studies and the field of Western esotericism, more generally. The book is an excellent introduction to Gurdjieff's ideas, thanks to the author's use of an abundance of primary sources."--Reading Religion