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Boyhood with Gurdjieff
Foreword by William Patrick Patterson. Long out of print, this special hardcover reissue of Fritz Peters' account of his five years with G.I. Gurdjieff ranks among the classics of Gurdjieffian literature. Only 11 years old when his aunt, Margaret Anderson, brought him to the Prieuré in June 1924, he immediately became devoted to Gurdjieff. Within weeks, however, Gurdjieff ...more
Hardcover, 248 pages
Published December 15th 2005 by Arete Communications
(first published 1972)
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Both sweet and insightful, a wonderful little book for those interested in different accounts of students of GI Gurdjieff. What makes this one stand out from other accounts is that it is written by a student of Gurdjieff who was with him as a child. Though written as an adult, he masterfully captures the essence of his young mind and experiences with Gurdjieff. I have read many accounts of his students, but this one ranks near the top both from the perspectives shared of day to day life and ...more
Fritz Peters spent several years as a child living in Gurdjieff's community at Fontainebleau, and this is one of the best accounts of that community. Peters is an excellent writer, and this is a vibrant and witty evocation of life around Gurdjieff in the 1920's. A fondness for the man himself illuminates these pages, but Peters is also fairly scathing toward the pomposity of other residents adoration of 'The Master'. As such, Gurdjieff is portrayed in a more playful, not to mention fallible ...more
“... possibility to acquire conscience is already in man when born; this possibility given - free - by Nature. But is only possibility. Real conscience can only be acquired by work, by learning to understand self first. Even your religion - western religion - have this phrase "Know thyself". This phrase most important in all religions. When begin know self already begin have possibility become genuine man. So first thing must learn is know self by this exercise, self-observation. If not do this, then will be like acorn that not become tree — fertilizer. Fertilizer which go back in ground and become possibility for future man.”More quotes…