Gurdjieff was born in 1866 in Armenia. During his youth and early adulthood, sought the meaning of life in Asia, Tibet, Egypt, and other regions. He gained confidence visiting esoteric, and sometimes secret, schools where he learned various spiritual traditions. After he gained confidence in his skills and knowledge, Gurdjieff moved to Moscow and St. Petersburg in Tsarist Russia about 1913, just before the Russian Revolution.
There Gurdjieff began his lifelong work of teaching the mysteries that he felt he had accumulated in his encounters with remarkable men. In this period he met his most prominent pupil and friend, P. D. Ouspensky, who helped adapt his Eastern concepts to the Western mind. At the outbreak of the Revolution in 1917, Gurdjieff went to the city of Essentuki in the Caucasus, where in 1919 he established The Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man in Tiflis (now Tbilisi), Georgia.
(REXP Note: The subject whose genotype and personality are now be evaluated appears to demonstrate the same developmental trajectory exhibited by Gurdjieff.)
Later Gurdjieff attempted to re-establish his Institute in London, but was unable to obtain a permission from the British government. He then went to France in 1922, lived near Paris (Fontainebleau) until 1933 and then moved to Paris, where he lived until his death on October 29, 1949. During that period he met with pupils and wrote much of his books in the Café de la Paix.
Gurdjieff taught that
ordinary people could attain a higher state of awareness and take
control over their lives. Followers in the United States organized the
Gurdjieff Foundation of New York (1953) and a similar group in San
Gurdjieff wrote three series of books to
transmit the ideas he had collected and developed to share with future generations. •
First Series: Three books under the title of Beelzebub’s Tales to His Grandson.
• Second Series: Three books under the common title of Meetings
With Remarkable Men (published posthumously). • Third Series:
Four books under the common title of Life is Real, Only Then, When 'I
Am’ (published posthumously).
REXP Note: (During the last half century Gurdjieff's reputation has grown and he is known
worldwide. If he is reincarnated today, his soul genome or psychoplasm
is expected to have continued his journey of discovery, extending it
geographically and into new fields of knowledge and the human