Realising the frailty of critical attention in the human condition Gurdjieff felt compelled to write. Not to merely provide information, but to write in a way that served as a call to awakening and as a continuing source of guidance for the inner search that lies at the heart of his teaching. His writings are constructed in such a way that they speak not only to the intellect but also to our emotions and that faculty of intuition largely buried deep within the subconscious - all that makes up the human psyche. His writings are difficult. They demand a payment, a conscious intention to undertake and it is this commitment that helps to support the search for a finer quality of attention on the part of the reader, the failing of which renders the message contained in them unverifiable at deeper levels.
Gurdjieff’s writings are contained in three series:
Beelzebub’s Tales To His Grandson – An objectively impartial criticism of the life of man.
Meetings With Remarkable Men.
Life Is Real, Only then, when I Am.
Gurdjieff’s voice can also be heard in a record of meetings in: Views from the Real World.
P.D. Ouspensky also wrote what is considered, even by Mr Gurdjieff, one of the most complete compendiums of his ideas in: “In Search of the Miraculous - Fragments of an Unknown Teaching.”