Tcheslaw Tchekhovich (Czeslaw Czechowicz) 1900-1958
Tcheslaw Tchekhovich was born in 1900 in Poland, then part of the Russian Empire. He fought in the Russian Civil War (1917-1920) on the side of the White Army, as part of its Polish contingent. After the end of the Civil War in 1920, along with numerous other soldiers of the White Army, he fled to Constantinople, horrified by the atrocities of the Bolshevik Revolution. He saw a poster announcing lectures by P.D. Ouspensky titled “The ancient wisdom of the East revealed through a new current in Western thought,” which he attended. Having made the acquaintance of Ouspensky, he was then introduced to G.I. Gurdjieff and became his devoted pupil for the next 28 years, following him to France and joining the community of his followers at the Prieuré. After Gurdjieff’s decease he worked with Jeanne de Salzmann until his death in 1958.
He wrote a book titled “Gurdjieff: A Master in Life,” which was a chronicle of Tchekhovich’s interaction with Gurdjieff, revealing how Gurdjieff used circumstances of everyday life to convey the essence of his teaching. The book, edited by Michel de Salzmann and Serge Gautier d’Orier, was published by Dolmen Press in Great Britain.
“His explanations left me both flabbergasted and, at the same time, enlightened beyond anything I could have hoped for. One thing had become certain – I was ready to follow him anywhere. Faced with such intelligence, there was no need to ask whether he deserved my confidence. It was simply self-evident.”
“We never saw him [Gurdjieff] go to bed before us, nor rise after us. It was as if there were several motors inside him working in relay, day and night.”
A Never-To-Be-Forgotten Lesson (excerpts from Tcheslaw Tchekhovitch’s)