“Here there are neither Russians nor English, Jews nor Christians, but only those who pursue one aim - to be able to be”. (G. I. Gurdjieff , Views from the Real World).

His principal pupil was Mme Jeanne de Salzmann, a dance teacher and choreographer who became Gurdjieff’s pupil in Tiflis in 1918. She participated in all aspects of “The Work” (as he called his teaching), and was completely trusted by him. She continued to teach until her death in 1991 at the age of 101. She wrote about Gurdjieff:
“…. his voice is heard as a call. He calls because he suffers from the inner chaos in which we live. He calls us to open our eyes. He asks us why we are here, what we wish for, what forces we obey. He asks us, above all, if we understand what we are. He wants us to bring everything back into question.” from the Translators’ Note, Meetings with Remarkable Men (English, page xi)

Henriette Lannes worked with Gurdjieff in Paris until his death and later became responsible for the teaching in London. She said “When I was brought in front of Mr Gurdjieff, I stood there totally bewildered. I was struck by the impact of his force, very quiet, calm and controlled, yet almost frightening, but more than anything by the degree of his total presence, a presence which I felt extended to the tips of his fingers….. It was from that first evening onward that week after week I returned to see him and tried to work with him- with the help of Madame de Salzmann, without whom nothing would have been possible for me nor probably for any of us in Paris”.

One of Gurdjieff’s pupils was Polish: Tcheslaw Tcheckovitch, who joined him in Constantinople in 1920 and followed him to Germany and France. Once he said that Mr. Gurdjieff was “A Master in Life”, because he was the embodiment of his teaching. (See Publications).