The Desecration of Mr. Gurdjieff's Father's Grave
William Patrick Patterson set out on a spiritual pilgrimage to Gyumri, Armenia, to visit, as Mr. Gurdjieff asked, the grave of his father, Ashokh Adash. Finding the grave in disrepair, Patterson had it beautified. However, within weeks the gravesite was desecrated, its prayer plaques removed, and so it remains today.
How to account for this violation? Culturally, did the pilgrims somehow overstep? Whatever the vandals were thinking, that is to presume they were thinking at all, to defile and despoil a grave is to blaspheme the dead. For a short video showing images of the grave, before and after the profane despoiling, click the link below.