GURDJIEFF'S EARLY TALKS 1914-1931GURDJIEFF’S EARLY TALKS 1914–1931
In Moscow, St. Petersburg, Essentuki, Tiflis, Constantinople, Berlin, Paris, London, Fontainebleau, New York, and Chicago

With a foreword by Joseph Azize

Author: Gurdjieff, G. I.
ISBN: 978-0-9572481-1-3
Binding: Hardback
Publisher: Book Studio
Publish Date: 2014
Pages: 464
Size: 5.5" x 8.5"

The talks in this volume are not verbatim transcriptions. In the early years of Gurdjieff’s exposition of the fourth way teaching, he rarely allowed notes to be taken during his talks. The majority of his early talks were written down after the fact by pupils who were present, either individually or collectively, and should be taken as recollections of what people believed Gurdjieff to have said.

The provenance of the talks are library archives, private collections, and individuals from all around the world. They have been arranged chronologically and are presented in this edition for the first time in their entirety.

Over one hundred authentic talks, unaltered and unexpurgated.
Illustrated and fully indexed, with exercises, sayings and aphorisms.

Price: £20

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See also Anthony Blake's page 'The Gurdjieff Readings' for selected recordings of the talks

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Transcripts of Gurdjieff's Wartime Meetings 1941-1946Transcripts of Gurdjieff's Wartime Meetings 1941-1946
Thirty-three meetings held at 6, rue des Colonels Renard, Paris

ISBN: 978-0-9559090-5-4
Binding: Paperback
Publisher: Book Studio
Publish Date: 2009
Pages: 204
Size: 5.5" x 8.5"

With the outbreak of the Second World War, Gurdjieff’s American and English students were unable to return to Nazi occupied Paris, nevertheless, Gurdjieff continued to teach despite difficult and dangerous wartime conditions. In 1938, Jeanne de Salzmann introduced her French work group to him, and with this nucleus, Gurdjieff held regular meetings at his Paris flat throughout the occupation.

In question and answer format, Gurdjieff answers his students’ questions on practical work in daily life and gives specific advice, guidance, and exercises. Among those present in Gurdjieff’s company at this time were René Daumal, Luc Dietrich, Jeanne de Salzmann, Tcheslaw Tchekhovich, Henri Tracol and René Zuber.

Second edition with new material
Complete and unexpurgated

Price: £18.00

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Gurdjieff and the Women of the Rope Gurdjieff and the Women of the Rope
Notes of Meetings in Paris and New York
1935–1939 and 1948–1949

ISBN: 978-0-9559090-6-1
Binding: Casebound
Publisher: Book Studio
Publish Date: 2012
Pages: 284
Size: 5.5" x 8.5"

During the mid-thirties in Paris, Gurdjieff drew together four women: Solita Solano, Kathryn Hulme, Alice Rohrer, and Elizabeth Gordon—and formed a special, mutually supporting work group.

In allegory he explained: You are going on a journey under my guidance, an “inner-world journey” like a high mountain climb where you must be roped together for safety, where each must think of the others on the rope, all for one and one for all. You must, in short, help each other “as hand washes hand,” each contributing to the company according to her lights, according to her means. Only faithful hard work on yourselves will get you where I want you to go, not your wishing.

Among themselves they called their foursome “The Rope.”

The company around Gurdjieff’s table, his principal teaching site, soon expanded to include Louise Davidson, Margaret Anderson, Georgette Leblanc, and Jane Heap.

Price: £20.00

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Orage's Commentary on Gurdjieff's Beelzebub Orage’s Commentary on Gurdjieff’s “Beelzebub’s Tales to His Grandson”
New York Talks 1926–1930

Authors: A. R. Orage, Lawrence Morris, Sherman Manchester
ISBN: 978-0-9572481-0-6
Binding: Hardback
Publisher: Book Studio
Publish Date: 2013
Pages: 388
Size: 5.5" x 8.5"

A student asked:

I have heard the phrase "listening to the book in all three centers" and I am not clear on how it can be done.

Orage:

It isn't a matter of how it can be done, but of understanding what it means and then wishing to hear the book that way. Remember how you listened to stories you heard when you were a child, so that you participated, your hair stood on end and your eyes shone or you wept? That is reading with all three centers, and Gurdjieff would hope the book reading could be of that order.

A. R. Orage's commentaries on Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson are an essential part of the Fourth Way literature. They demonstrate a way of approaching and understanding a work that Orage considered to be literature of the highest kind. As the figures in Beelzebub are mythological and their language, parabolical, the book may not be easily comprehensible by the average reader or Fourth Way beginner. Orage's commentaries help to clarify and simplify the important lessons in the book by serving as keys to understanding Beelzebub which, as Gurdjieff once said, are all in the book, but not near their locks. Available to the reader for the first time in its entirety, this present volume promises a multifaceted illumination of Beezlebub.

Price: £20

A book review by Joseph Azize

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The Academy For Souls The Academy For Souls
John O'Hara Cosgrave

ISBN: 978-0-9559090-9-2
Binding: Paperback
Publisher: Book Studio
Publish Date: 2013
Pages: 346
Size: 5.5" x 8.5"

What are we here for?
Who set up the Earth and the Sun?
How did we get to be what we are?
What is life for or about?

The Academy for Souls offers a rational philosophy, a new conception of life and eternal verities at a time when the character of the universe is every man’s guess, and the old moorings are adrift.

The Academy for Souls was inspired by the author’s association in the 1920’s and 30’s with A. R. Orage’s Fourth Way study group in New York, based on the teachings of Gurdjieff. The themes in the book are strongly influenced by, and connected with, Gurdjieff’s Beelzlebub’s Tales to his Grandson.

The author sets out to prove in mechanistic terms the reality of the soul and the inevitability of God. He does not write in the symbols of faith or the intricate formulas of science. Rather, he proves that the human race is more important in the great scheme of things than it has ever thought or claimed to be.

The Academy for Souls is not a sentimental book. Its main argument leans neither towards revelation or theology, but attempts to demolish the dogmatism of current science with clarity and humor. It is designed for the layman. To the believing reader, it offers new light on the problems of human existence and a common sense philosophy; to the skeptic, it presents a definite and aggressive challenge.

A book for everyone who is puzzled by new cults, creeds, beliefs and unbeliefs – a harbor in the uncharted seas of current thought.

Price: £17.00

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Undiscovered Country: A Spiritual AdventureUndiscovered Country
A Spiritual Adventure

Author: Kathryn Hulme
ISBN: 978-0-9559090-8-5
Binding: Casebound
Publisher: Book Studio
Publish Date: 2012
Pages: 266
Size: 5.5" x 8.5"

“The event which compels me into this book was my meeting with the celebrated mystic, teacher and philosopher, George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff, whom I encountered as if by chance and came to love as if by design.”

Kathryn Hulme’s life was radically changed and enriched by the influence of Gurdjieff. Undiscovered Country is a tribute to him and his teachings, a vivid personal memoir of her experience as his student, and of the burning spiritual intensity that dominated her life as a result of his influence.

Undiscovered Country is in the tradition of Kathryn Hulme’s best work; painstaking, poetic, and always sincere. In recording her soul’s search for ‘something more,’ she contributes an arresting document for those who believe this to be their function on earth.”

“This is a ‘must’ for all interested in Gurdjieff and his school, and strongly recommended for all who are concerned in the Pilgrimage of the Soul. It gives the best intimate picture I know of what it meant to be a ‘follower of Gurdjieff’s ideas.’ ”
— J. G. Bennett

“A picture of the relation between a teacher and his pupil . . . the way he opens her to a wider world through a relation which touches the whole of one’s being.”
— Jeanne de Salzmann

Price: £20.00

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The Courage Machine: A New Life in a New WorldTHE COURAGE MACHINE
A New Life in a New World

Author: Georgette Leblanc
ISBN: 978-0-9559090-7-8
Binding: Casebound
Publisher: Book Studio
Publish Date: 2012
Pages: 118
Size: 5.5" x 8.5"

“The writing of ‘The Courage Machine,’ which covers ten years, was retarded by illness. For a long time I lived beside death. But I had a presentiment that something essential—
something foreseen in New York—would develop for me during these last years. I was not mistaken.

“This book follows an evolution which, for me, is not a curve but an ascending line. There is a beginning and an end; a new beginning, an advance, and a new search; then again an advance—but this time on an essential plane, where the great events are inner ones.”

Georgette Leblanc’s first encounter with the celebrated mystic, teacher and philosopher, George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff, was the turning point of her life. Impressed by his vast knowledge and “unknown doctrine,” she attended his Institute at the Château du Prieuré in Fontainebleau-Avon for two years.

From then on, she continued to live according to his principles, absorbing his doctrine more and more deeply. Her effort to incorporate what she had assimilated during her years with Gurdjieff is recorded in the last part of the book.

Price: £18.00

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