John Amaral was born in Long Beach, California, raised by Catholic nuns, and trained in Electrical Engineering and Music. He has studied Gurdjieff with students of Mr. Nyland, Mrs. Staveley and Mrs. Popoff, and began to attend the A&E Conferences in 2003. “Perhaps the most useful aspect of the Conference for me has been that it has helped me to develop a more inclusive perspective about ways of Working. It has also opened for me new vistas of interesting inspiring contacts.”
- To accommodate the idea that the descending Ray of Creation in the materialization descends in the first instance into multiple universes. Recent theories in astrophysics suggest that there are multiple universes just as there are multiple galaxies within our universe. William James in 1895, coined with word “multiverse” to describe multiple simultaneous universes.
- To eliminate the idea that the planets taken as a whole represent a greater level of freedom from the operation of the Sacred Triamazikamno (law of 3 forces) than does Earth taken as a single planet. All our planets revolve around the Sun. Therefore, all of them are subject to the same level of limitation of freedom. The group is no more free than is an individual planet.
Sy Ginsburg was born in Chicago in 1934 and currently resides in Florida. He was introduced to the Gurdjieff Work by Sri Madhava Ashish, an eminent theosophical scholar and Hindu monk, who became his mentor over a 19 year period. Ginsburg was a member of the Gurdjieff Society of Florida and later a co-founder of the Guidjieff Institute of Florida. Currentty, he is a Director of The Theosophical Society in Miami & South Florida and facilitator of the Gurdjieff Study Group at The Theosophica1 Society.
Mike Readshaw first read Beelzebub’s Tales at University, where he obtained a degree in Mathematics, specializing in Mathematical Logic. A meeting with Rina Hands indirectly led to him producing a number of audio talks, the first of which, “Reading Gurdjieff,” exposed the difference between Gurdjieff’s own writings and the established Gurdjieff canon of thought. This was much praised by Mrs. Annie Staveley, but after a serious climbing accident in the Alps, Mike was distracted and had to re-learn to walk, married, and trained as a teacher. He lived in France for a number of years before family circumstances forced him back to England. Mike is a widower, with five children in his care, and teaches Mathematics in the north of England. Knowing that personality has ideas whilst essence has insights, his most recent work consists of devising 365 completely original sayings with the intention of raising the overall level of awareness of those in contact with him, based upon the principle that: A good saying stops all thought so that understanding can fill that vacuum.
Mr. Peretzi is the president of the Gurdjieff Foundation of Greece. With reference to his personal contacts with eminent students of Gurdjieff, Lord Pentland, Madame de Salzmann, Dr. Welch and others, he has authored a number of books and articles that study the problem of consciousness, relating views from the esoteric traditions to those of of the contemporary philosophy of mind. Mr. Peretzi did graduate work in Philosophy, at Yale, where he received his Master of Architecture. Having settled since 1974, he established his own Construction and Prefabication Company.
Prof. Taylor lived for some years with Jean Toomer in New York and Pennsylvania as a young boy, studied with Gurdjieff in Paris after World War 2, before turning to a teaching career in Medieval Germanic languages and literature, first in Iceland and for the past thirty years in Geneva, where he lives with his wife and two teenage children.
Arkady Rovner was born in 1940 in Odessa, USSR and spent his youth in Tbilisi, Georgia. He studied at Moscow State University and Columbia University, New York. He taught numerous courses on world religions and contemporary mysticism at the New York University, the State University of New York, the New School for Social Research and the Moscow State Humanitarian University.
He was introduced to Gurdjieff’s ideas and practices in Moscow, Russia in 1965 and has been an adherent of the Gurdjieff Work ever since then. During the years 1975-1984 he was in constant communication with Lord Pentland, the head of the American branch of Gurdjieff Foundation. In the summer of 1980, with a letter of reference from Lord Pentland, he travelled to London and Paris where he met and interviewed a number of Ouspensky’s and Gurdjieff’s former disciples, including Mr. Tilley and P. L. Travers, as well as Michael de Salzmann.
Terje Tonne – Chapter 33
Steve Aronson – Chapter 32
Dimitri Peretzi – Meetings Chapter 7