From , Ouspensky traveled on an extended journey to Egypt, India, and Ceylon, searching for the miraculous, and upon his return gave a series of lectures on his experiences. In , he met Sophia Grigorievna Maximenko who later became his wife and the mystic G. Gurdjieff who became his guru. Ouspensky became a disciple and interpreter of Gurdjieffs system i.
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You have Successfully Subscribed! Ouspensky was never fully satisfied with the title In Search of the Miraculous.
He had originally intended it to be published as Fragments of an Unknown Teaching under which name it appears in most other languages. But since another book of a similar title had already appeared not long before, an alternate title had to be chosen.
The book itself labors to present the teaching in the context in which it occurred: the Russian revolution and the beginning of World War I.
The growing sociopolitical chaos of that time underscores many of the fundamental ideas Gurdjieff stresses, such as the complete mechanicality of humankind, their inability to do, and their slavery to planetary influences.
He called him the finest lecturer he had ever heard, able to convey to an audience, large or small, a sense of the reality and immediacy of the theme that he was exposing, in a way that even the most talented professional lecturer could not emulate.
John G. He realizes that this man has the knowledge he had hoped to find in his journey to the east. At this stage, Gurdjieff lectures in cafes and seems to move between Moscow and St Petersburg. These are the primary locations in which In Search of the Miraculous is set, except toward its end, where deteriorating conditions in Russia force them along with many others to head eastward.
At the conclusion of the book, Ouspensky settles in London, and Gurdjieff heads toward France. Gurdjieff often starts a lecture by drawing from an ancient source and gleaning from it psychological conclusions. These conclusions many either be on a practical level that instructs his students how to work on themselves, or on a theoretical level that enables them to form a more objective understanding of themselves and their place in the world. As Ouspensky becomes more and more familiar with Gurdjieff and his methods, it transpires that Gurdjieff had traveled extensively throughout the east and had spent much time gathering hidden knowledge, that presumably was more available a generation back that at the onset of World War I.
In expounding these ancient ideas, Gurdjieff adds the missing link of their practical application. Gradually, all the other ideas of the system revolve around this central effort, as spokes around a wheel. This comes to a climax in Chapter 17, where, in Essentuki a city at the western extreme of Russia he experiences a prolonged and unusual state of consciousness that changes his understanding of the whole teaching, of himself, and lays the ground for his eventual parting from Gurdjieff.
He then announces his decision to disperse the entire group and stop working. Then, after two or three years, I saw him going against these principles. He demanded from people to accept what they did not believe and to do what they did not understand. The laws and principles that were indicated there cannot be abandoned, because they are laws of the universe itself. Rodney Collin Fortunately, Ouspensky recorded and subsequently published the greater part of what Gurdjieff taught during the four years they were in contact.
So far as I am concerned, this material, which Ouspensky used for his own teaching in the years from to when he had his groups in London, constitutes the most valuable corpus of ideas and methods that I have come across in fifty years of searching.
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P. D. Ouspensky
You have Successfully Subscribed! Ouspensky was never fully satisfied with the title In Search of the Miraculous. He had originally intended it to be published as Fragments of an Unknown Teaching under which name it appears in most other languages. But since another book of a similar title had already appeared not long before, an alternate title had to be chosen. The book itself labors to present the teaching in the context in which it occurred: the Russian revolution and the beginning of World War I.
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Throughout the book, Ouspensky never refers to Gurdjieff directly, only using the single initial "G. The book begins with Ouspensky returning home to St. Petersburg from his recent excursion to the East, where he journeyed "in search of the miraculous", as he put it. He soon meets a mysterious man, a certain "G. Ouspensky recounts his trials learning this new system, which he later refers to as the Fourth Way, often recollecting entire lectures, or parts of lectures, which Gurdjieff gave to his disciples in St. Petersburg and Moscow from —
In Search of the Miraculous: Fragments of an Unknown Teaching
In London, a number of eminent people became interested in his work. The influential intellectual and editor A. Prominent theosophist and editor G. Mead became interested in his ideas on the fourth dimension. By order of the British government, Gurdjieff was not allowed to settle in London. But after his death, Mme Ouspensky showed its draft to Gurdjieff who praised its accuracy and permitted its publication.