HomeDLSU Dialogue: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Cultural Studiesvol. 14 no. 2 (1979)

The Mystical Philosophy of Gurdjieff

Jose MO Singson

Discipline: Philosophy



In the modern world where the various orthodox religious creeds seem to be losing ground while materialism is apparently gaining predominance, there are, fortunately, still some people who are not satisfied with the way things are and are sincerely searching for a way of life more satisfactory than those offered by contemporary thinking, whether religious or scientific, and whether orthodox or unorthodox. For such a very small minority, to whom Colin Wilson has referred as the Outsiders, there may exist a gleam of hope in the philosophy of Gurdjieff, that controversial genius of esoteric thought of the contemporary period. To the Outsiders the final problem is "Who am I?" Tangent upon this problem is the other problem of how to overcome what the same Colin Wilson called the St. Noet margin, how to transcend the indifference threshold and become truly master of oneself and real director of evolution, that is, how to make a breakthrough in the evolution of human consciousness.