I have been to a few Gurdjieff group meetings in VA over the past 6 months and was wondering if anyone is familiar with the "new" movement. I have been assured that although there are many that have strayed from the true origins of the teaching and some have no resemblence at all to any Gurdjieff group what the current consensus is? Everyone seemed highly educated and bright,there was no talk of money or tapes allthough it was suggested that books be read and that there was easy web access to much of the literature and material. My own investigations on this site and many others offers volumes of conflicting information. The group seemed very sincere and seemed to offer some logical thought insight into some pretty deep spiritual questions. Any comments?
basically every culty group of a certain type targets people who are ...educated, and bright, and they never talk about money up-front, they do the opposite. They also seem sincere, as many of them sincerely believe in what they are doing.
Modern cults don't shave their heads bald and beat bongo drums. Things are a lot more subtle, and even invisible.
If these things are subtle and invisible are we certain they are there? How do we determine an invisible force is corrupting us and to what standard do we verify this? I am not trying to be difficult I am trying to understand.
Hi Luthergrunge: I think perhaps it is more often subtle than invisible.
Don't know much about Gurdjieff Groups, so can only give a general example; Jonestown/the Jim Jones cult, recruited a lot of bright educated people, including at least one lawyer. It sounds like for the most part , group members believed in the high ideals of the group; racial integration and helping those born into poverty. And it does not sound like giving money or leaving your homes to move to a commune was introduced as an idea at the beginning.
Think perhaps it was that groups' devotion to one person, ( who became power hungry and insisted that his followers obey his decrees without question) that caused the problem?
Hope maybe this is useful.
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This I can understand. However, how different is that than being devoted to a certain priest or minister or Pastor such as Jerry Falwell was at Lynchburg or Pat Robertson and the like who preach Christianity from compounds and insulated Evangelical circles. am really trying to determine and understand how certain "paths or "teachers are labeled Cults or Cult like when from what I can see Catholicism, Protestantism,Christianity (although Jesus appears to be the sanest although most mystical at it's core) are all Cult like and have a certain cult like flavor. A bit more benign and passive but just the same.