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ISBN: 0962190160
Author: John G. Bennett
Language: English
Publisher: Bennett Books; Reprint edition (April 1, 1992)
Pages: 253
Category: Historical
Subcategory: Biography
Rating: 4.4
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Gurdjieff: Making a New World, was one of the last books that J. G. Bennett wrote, published in 1973. It’s a book that tells a new mythology on the nature of existence and on the purpose of human life

Gurdjieff: Making a New World, was one of the last books that J. It’s a book that tells a new mythology on the nature of existence and on the purpose of human life. Gurdjieff was the catalyst for introducing these ideas, and Bennett was a conduit for getting them more broadly distributed. At the heart of this myth is the idea that people matter.

Further Teachings of Gurdjieff: Journey Through This World. He constantly reiterated the necessity for creating a new world based on willing sacrifice, which he says is Reciprocal Maintenance in action. Paperback: 209 pages. Deeper Man" is an enjoyable read and contains a good, concise simplification of Bennett's cosmology, but ultimately it falls short. Personally I think this book should carry Blake's name as author.

Gurdjieff, Making a New World. Throughout his life, Bennett travelled widely and met many little-known but important spiritual leaders. In the early 1920s, he was introduced to . Ouspensky, who both became central guiding forces in his life. Gurdjieff, Georges Ivanovitch, 1872-1949. New York : Harper & Row. Collection. inlibrary; printdisabled; ; china. Kahle/Austin Foundation.

Gurdjieff: Making a New World (Spiritual Classics) by Bennett, John G. and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles . Gurdjieff, Making a New World. Published by Harper & Row (1976). ISBN 10: 0060904747 ISBN 13: 9780060904746.

In 1962, Bennett gave a seminar on spiritual psychology in which the . Bennett makes a brief reference to these in his book Witness, and many others have attested to them.

In 1962, Bennett gave a seminar on spiritual psychology in which the various elements he had received (particularly from Gurdjieff, Subud and the Shivapuri Baba) were integrated into a coherent psycho-cosmology. Due to Shushud's disagreements with Bennett over this issue, Bennett ended up dividing the proposed book into two separate books, titled respectively Gurdjieff: Making a New World (1973) and The Masters of Wisdom (1975) (not published until after Bennett's death).

Gurdjieff: Making a New World . He discusses how Gurdjieff was educated by the spiritual descendants of these leaders, and how he went about establishing his groups. Bennett ends the book with this paragraph: "Gurdjieff's elaborate symbolism, uncouth neologisms, and changes of terminology were not employed to mislead and obstruct his followers, but to ensure that they would make the effort to discover the meanings for themselves. Explanation is often a fictitious help.

Gurdjieff – Making a New World (. J. Bennett was a student of both Ouspensky and Gurdjieff. This book presents a remarkably methodical result.

He recognizes the life-long impact Ouspensky and particularly Gurdjieff had on John Bennett and describes how Gurdjieff’s influence shaped the groups Bennett led during the last twenty-five years of his life. Gurdjieff’s All and Everything: a Study by J. Bennett.

The most important and far-reaching study of Gurdjieff the man, his system and his cosmology ever written by someone who knew him.

Comments:

GWEZJ
great book
Pettalo
A balance of knowledge and understanding of both the man and his ideas. Bennett's own travels and search into the known and unknown lend help in understanding the unknowable Gurdieff. I have greater expectations on my 2nd read of this book for there are hidden gems that hopefully will be more understandable the second time around. Only the very best are worthy a second read. Most books are a scan or a reference tool for me but Bennett in this and others of his are a slow meditative, think, absorb type manuscript. For instance, I spent a lot of time thinking about "baraka", the meaning of which Bennett and Gurdjieff understood experientially.
Dikus
the first two and last chapters were pretty much useless to me; however, there was a large middle area that had some good information. for instance, i didn't know that Gurdjieff was a lady's man (i.e. womanizer). although, i'm not surprised. he's as much a one-of-a-kind guru as Aleister Crowley.

yes, some really good insight. Bennett himself takes some of the Work in right hand path ways (union with God the ultimate prize, etc.), but otherwise the book was fruitful in my 4th way research.

Venger As'Nas Satanis
Cult of Cthulhu High Priest
Rasmus
“Gurdjieff: Making a New World,” was one of the last books that J. G. Bennett wrote, published in 1973.

It’s a book that tells a new [or very ancient, although these are one in the same] mythology on the nature of existence and on the purpose of human life. Gurdjieff was the catalyst for introducing these ideas, and Bennett was a conduit for getting them more broadly distributed.

At the heart of this myth is the idea that people matter. We’re not here to drive the progress of technology [an ultimately ego-centered aim], or even to eradicate poverty, halt global warming, or fix any of the other problems that we’ve created for ourselves [that just puts us back where we started]. Instead, we’re part of a much bigger system based on the principle of reciprocal maintenance. The passage of time creates entropy, and leads to heat death: involution. But we have a counter force - evolution - a function which concentrates and improves the quality of energy. As humans we’re in the middle of the energetic food chain:

1) Heat
2) Simple
3) Crystal
4) Soil
5) Vegetable
6) Germ
7) Animal
8) Man
9) Demiurge
10) Cosmic Individuality
11) Trogoautoegocrat
12) Endlessness
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This book definitely gave me a different perspective on history. The first half of the book focuses heavily on Middle Eastern history, and takes a much longer look [100k years] than we see in popular academics. Gurdjieff and Bennett developed a strategic plan for the next millennia not the next five years, as is commonplace today. I find the breadth of their present moment refreshing. In the tech bubbles of today, sometimes I feel as though we feel shame for the past, like we’re always looking “forward.” But Bennett’s story paints a very different picture of history, quite counter to our story of technological progress.

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Also, all of the review of Middle-Eastern history got me researching the Middle East. I was eleven when 9/11 happened, so anything Middle Eastern was banished from my progressive education. Bennett suggests that Gurdjieff was in touch with some very ancient lineages handed down from generation to generation in the Middle East. Whatever globalization had left of them, the War on Terror has almost certainly destroyed.

To go on an aside, everything concerning Islamic fundamentalism, “terrorism,” Osama bin Laden, and al Qaeda turns out to be rife with irony. For example, we funded Osama and Islamic fundamentalists in the ’80s in their fight again the USSR. And then the tides turned in the ’90s. Also, we knew 9/11 was coming, and didn’t care. Osama points out in a letter to the US, that we are the extremist terrorists, and by the simple metric of human deaths, he couldn’t be more right - 9/11 killed 3,000 people, and just in Iraq, we’ve killed hundreds of thousands so far - three magnitudes more deaths!

Another piece of irony is that al Qaeda’s goal, which has been public for years, is to bring down the US economy by 2020 through involvement in unwinnable wars. Well, we totally fell for it, and they’re succeeding…

Two last pieces:

1) Check out Sharia law - what a lot of Middle Eastern culture is based on.

2) Drones! Killing Pakistani tribespeople!
Nilador
J.G. Bennett was an associate of Gurdjieff and writes of him with authority.

Bennett held many careers in his life a soldier, linguist, mystic and engineer.He was very much the stereotype of Englishman of his times. He presents himself as both level headed and a skeptic. How much of a skeptic he was I leave the reader to decide but in this volume Bennett tells the story of Gurdjieff's search for the truth and of his teachings. Those with even a passing interest in Gurdjieff will find this book fascinating.

The first half some might find a little difficult to slog through as Bennett mentions varous arcane philosophies and places in Central Asia with which most of us in the West are unfamiliar but

it is well worth the time invested. The second half of the book goes into Gurjieff's teaching methods and his philosophy.

As Gurdjieff encouraged skepticism: if you must, read it as a skeptic, but I believe the average reader will find Gurdjieff's travels and his philosophy fascinating.

I have known some to find his insights very useful in everyday life.

Both a good inroduction and overview to one of the most fascinating figures of the 20th century.

Highly recommended

Jim Connell "Hallstatt Prince"

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