Meetings with Remarkable Men (book) is the second volume of the All and Everything trilogy written by the Greek-Armenian mystic G. I. Gurdjieff.
A book of autobiography, it was originally published in 1963 and tells the tale of the young Gurdjieff growing up in a world torn between his unexplainable experiences and the developing modern sciences.
The book takes the form of Gurdjieff’s reminiscences about various “remarkable men” that he has met, beginning with his father.
They include the Armenian priest Pogossian; his friend Soloviev, Prince Lubovedsky, a Russian prince with metaphysical interests, and a couple of others. In the course of describing these characters, Gurdjieff weaves their stories into the story of his own travels, and also into an overarching narrative which has them cooperate in locating spiritual texts and/or masters in various lands (mostly Central Asia).
Gurdjieff calls this group the “Seekers of Truth”. Most of them do in fact find “truth” in the form of some suitable spiritual destiny. The underlying philosophy, especially as articulated in an appendix, amounts to the assertion that people generally live their lives asleep, are unconscious of themselves, and accordingly behave like machines, subject to outside causes and pressures. Also, one of the chief assessments of the novel is that the people of the past epochs lived in more suitable outer conditions and at higher inner levels than the people today. Many additional hidden harmonies are noted or alluded to.
Meetings with Remarkable Men (movie) is a 1979 British film directed by Peter Brook and based on the book of the same name. Shot on location in Afghanistan (except for dance sequences, which were filmed in England), it starred Terence Stamp, and Dragan Maksimovic as the adult G. I. Gurdjieff. The film was entered into the 29th Berlin International Film Festival.