Andrew J. da Silva was born in New York City in 1931. He studied the Gurdjieffian ideas and work under Dr. William Nyland from 1957-1964. Dr. Nyland was given permission by Gurdjieffian to teach and work with his ideas, and which the author believes Dr. Nyland faithfully followed. Mr. da Silva has a M.A. from Hunter College, a B.A. from the college of New Rochelle, and an Honorable Discharge from the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a licensed construction contractor and a High School teacher in NYC.