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Gurdjieff in Egypt
Part II

The search for the source of the ancient teaching that Mr. Gurdjieff brought has always been to the East. Certainly elements can be found in such diverse places as Safed, Bukhara, Kurdistan, Azerbaijan, Mt. Athos and Sheikh Adi. But the knowledge that dwells in these areas, even if all linked together, does not resonate with the depth and richness, the completeness, of Gurdjieff's Fourth Way teaching. An area that has been given little attention is Khem or Khemet (meaning black earth), or Egypt as it is presently known.

Interview:

Struggle of the Magicians
Part II

The second interview with the author of Struggle of the Magicians, which explores the teacher-student relationship as seen through the lives of G.I. Gurdjieff and P.D. Ouspensky.

Working in the World:

BigSpeak & the Unabomber

The Unabomber, Harvard graduate and mathematical genius Theodore Kaczynski, is portrayed either as a Luddite outlaw who lived the self-reliant Emersonian life and championed a return to "the wild" over the relentless drive of the reigning technocracy or an example of unrequited, infantile love gone mad. Whatever the image, Kaczynski is a classic case of the nerd turning against his fellow nerds and all those hasnamusses who would be "Masters of the Universe."

Book Review:

Coming to our Senses
by Morris Berman

Berman maintains we've been in our heads too long. It's time to come into our bodies, to live in our senses rather than in mental concepts and dreams. "We are somatically deprived. We live virtually a disembodied life," argues Berman. While unconsciously rejecting the somatic experience of the body itself, we mentalize, idealize and lust after the body image, but in a culture of talking heads, the body is a hidden taboo. Society conditions us to devalue the body and its intelligence.

Film Review:

Il Postino

Il Postino (The Postman) explores the unlikely relationship between Mario Ruoppolo, a semiliterate peasant and postman, and Pablo Neruda, the world-renowned Chilean poet and avowed Communist recently exiled to Mario's small isolated Italian island. Born and raised on the island, physically and psychologically removed from the rest of life, Mario's personality has not developed. He is too innocent. But with Neruda's arrival comes a totally new influence—that of poetry and metaphor. Delivering the poet's mail, Mario's view of life changes forever as he slowly discovers the poet's world of feeling and its expression through language. And so begins their "teacher-student" relationship.

Russian Roots
Part III

The Russian ingredient in Gurdjieff's All and Everything is quite strong. Observations about the use of Russian vocabulary, language patterns and idioms may bring more light to understanding Gurdjieff's thought. This article shares the impressions and language observations of a native Russian speaker, from which other readers may, in the hope of Gurdjieff, "profit."

Critas

Tidbits gleaned from the world and the Work.



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