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Probably no figure of our time has excited at once more enthusiasm and controversy among serious intellectuals seeking spiritual guidance than Georgi Ivanovitch Gurdjieff. Accordingly, the editor of Studies in Comparative Religion engaged Whitall N. Perry, who as author of A Treasury of Traditional Wisdom is recognized for his impartiality, to devote a series of articles that would pierce through the obscurity and get to the real facts of the matter. This book is the result of that research. Whatever be the opinion of Gurdjieff gained by the reader, one thing certain is that he or she will come away with a far clearer understanding of the background, teaching, and phenomenon per se than has ever been accessible before. By far the best independent, critical evaluation of Gurdjieff I've come across. -Theodore Roszak, author of Where the Wasteland Ends, etc. A single book which examines the facts of [Gurdjieff's] background, his teachings, and his public faces is welcome and overdue. . . . The author incisively and colorfully presents as full and engrossing a view of the man as you could hope to read: the teachings, too, are clearly and thoughtfully explained, with ample references, and the whole book moves gracefully towards a balanced and intelligent conclusion. A 'must' for anyone interested in that extraordinary individual. -Prediction Mr. Perry may be congratulated on bringing the man, with all his foibles and eccentricities, his brilliance and darker depths, fully alive, and on making his a credible character. -World Faiths
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