An adventure story replete with ancient texts, hidden monasteries, occult orders and lost civilizations, "Meetings With Remarkable Men" is Georgi Gurdjieff's account of his early life, of his travels and explorations in the Caucasus and Central Asia, and of the strange and mysterious individuals he met in those wild and mostly unexplored territories. But the book is far more than a simple tale of derring-do. Gurdjieff uses each of the remarkable characters he meets to illustrate at least one major point in his spiritual teachings - a philosophy that blossomed with his founding of the 'Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man', and which continues in one form or another to this day. "Meetings With Remarkable Men" has been a classic since its first publication in English in 1963, essential reading for those wishing to understand Gurdjieff's complex character and his deep insights into the spiritual development of humanity.
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George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff (1877-1949) was born in Alexandropol and trained in Kars as both a priest and physician. Gurdjieff travelled in the remotest regions of Central Asia and the Middle East, before gathering pupils in Moscow before the First World War and continuing his work on the move - first to Essentuki in the Caucasus, and then through Tiflis, Constantinople, Berlin and London to the Château de Prieuré near Paris, where he re-opened his Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man in 1922 on a larger scale. The story of his unremitting search for a real and universal knowledge, and the exposition of his ideas, are unfolded in his major works: Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson, Meetings with Remarkable Men, Life is Real Only Then, When 'I am' and Views from the Real World.
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