A few months ago, I made a YouTube video about the history of the Armenian Wheel of Eternity. Maybe the most iconic among many ancient Armenian symbols. As expected people started to ask questions and post comments. Among the commentators a keen observer noticed that in some cases Armenians depicted the Wheel of Eternity inside a six pointed star. Because of the many questions I received since, I’ve decided to finally grant this symbol attention in a manner of a blog post.
Marble tombstone of the Armenian Grand Prince Hasan Jalal Vahtangian (1214-1261)
Most people today associate the six pointed star (hexagram) with the Jewish Star of David (Magen David), as it is the modern symbol of Jewish identity and Judaism. In 1948 it was even adopted on the official flag of Israel. According to Wikipedia: “Its use as a symbol of the Jewish community dates to…
“Gnossienne N°1” from Satie En Orient by Ensemble Sarband
Bennett Pilgrimages Tours for 2014 and 2015
Armenia June 3 – June 13, 2014 ~ 10 Nights / 11 Days
Eastern Turkey June 15 – July 2, 2014 ~ 17 Nights / 18 Days
Spiritual pilgrimage is a reminder of the power of journeys taken slowly and deliberately. The object of such a trip is usually not just rest and relaxation but rather inner growth. It often begins with questions: Who am I? What is my purpose in life? What do I need to hear? A pilgrimage can be made to any destination, as long as the trip is undertaken mindfully and with a seeker’s heart.
Our tours are for you if you are willing to undertake a true pilgrimage: to travel in humility and simplicity to holy places of former epochs and other belief systems and to open yourself to their spiritual influence.
We also create opportunities for studying the works of our teachers; making use of interactions with our companions and people we meet along our route, while traveling and intensifying our work and study. The tours are set up as traveling seminars, with morning sittings, daily practice, inner tasks, readings, and group meetings for observation and discussion.
In 2012 and 2013 we visited religious and historical sites in Western and Eastern Turkey while studying J.G. Bennett’s last book, “The Masters of Wisdom”, and G.I.Gurdjieff’s second series, “Meetings with Remarkable Men.”
In June 2014, we have an opportunity to revisit these sites, including the cities of Gurdjieff’s early years in Eastern Turkey, and we will also travel to Armenia where we will meet with Armenians having a special knowledge of Gurdjieff’s early life and family background; visit little-known locations; hear the music of the Gurdjieff Folk Ensemble in Yerevan, using traditional instruments to interpret Gurdjieff’s music; and see religious sites, both Christian churches and monasteries and pre-Christian pagan temples, in this unique spiritual environment. We will see the Echmiadzin Cathedral, the Mother Church of the Armenian Apostolic Church. We will also have the opportunity to meet with Armenian groups dedicated to the study and practice of Gurdjieff’s teachings. This is really an unusual and unique opportunity.