Relationship of teacher and pupil
Sophie Grigorievna Ouspensky was One of Gurdjieff’s oldest and most devoted students. She had a deep understanding of Gurdjieff’s teaching and his message.
“I do not pretend to understand George Ivanovitch. For me he is X. All that I know is that he is my teacher and it is not right for me to judge him, nor is it necessary for me to understand him. No one knows who is the real George Ivanovitch, for he hides himself from all of us. It is useless for us to try to know him, and I refuse to enter into any discussions about him.” (source Gurdjieff Forms His Russian Group.)
A correct approach to learn anything is, to ignore everything about a teacher, except what he is teaching. Inquisitiveness about teacher’s life may hinder learning. Should a teacher remain a teacher? Forever?
© Sandeep Bhalla