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The book is written in the form of a personal account of Ouspensky’s years with Gurdjieff, and the ideas of Gurdjieff are presented to some extent in their. In Ouspensky’s ‘In Search Of The Miraculous’ the reader is introduced to the authors first meeting and following time spent with the enigmatic Greek/Armenian . Buy In Search of the Miraculous: The Definitive Exploration of G. I. Gurdjieff’s Thought and Universal View (Harvest Book) Revised ed. by P. D. Ouspensky.
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In Search of the Miraculous: Fragments of an Unknown Teaching by P. A new edition of the groundbreaking spiritual treasure, with a foreword by bestselling author Marianne Williamson.
Since its original publication inIn Search of the Miraculous has been hailed as the most valuable and reliable documentation of G. Gurdjieff’s thoughts and universal view. This historic and influential work is considered by many to be a primer of mys A new edition of the groundbreaking spiritual treasure, with a foreword by bestselling author Marianne Williamson.
This historic and influential work is considered by many to be a primer of mystical thought as expressed through the Work, a combination of Eastern philosophies that had for centuries been passed on orally from teacher to student. Gurdjieff’s goal, to introduce the Work to the West, attracted many students, among them Ouspensky, an established mathematician, journalist, and, with the publication of In Search of the Miraculous, an eloquent and persuasive proselyte.
Ouspensky describes Gurdjieff’s teachings in fascinating and accessible detail, providing what has proven to be a stellar introduction to the universal view of both student and teacher. It goes without saying that In Search of the Miraculous has inspired great thinkers and writers of ensuing spiritual movements, including Marianne Williamson, the highly acclaimed author of A Return to Love and Illuminata.
In a new and never-before-published foreword, Williamson shares the influence of Ouspensky’s book and Gurdjieff’s teachings on the New Thought movement and her own life, providing a contemporary look at an already timeless classic.
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Be the first to ask a question about In Search of the Miraculous. Lists with This Book. Jan 24, Brian rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Those who are interested in enlightenment as a real potential of the human mind. This is another book that totally changed the way I view the world. I read it over a period of 2 or 3 years. Ouspenky would read a paragraph or two at a time, or sometimes a few pages, and then try to digest it. In this book, Ouspensky mmiraculous up with Gurdjieff, a self-professed esoteric teacher.
There is a good deal of debate as to whether or not the latter was an authentic teacher or oispensky charlatan. It seems he was some of both and Ouspensky broke with him in the end. It also seems that Gurdjieff got most This is another book that totally changed the way I view the world. It also seems that Gurdjieff got most of his teachings from the Sufis. Nonetheless, I find him and his teachings quite fascinating. One doesn’t have to become a true believer to benefit from some of the amazing concepts put forth in The Fourth Way, the system of conscious evolution he espoused.
There is also a book by the same name which is quite dense and dry, though also interesting. Some of the concepts which have stuck with me are: Most people do not progress beyond this and it becomes a hindrance because it rarely applies. Physical evolution only takes us so far and we must consciously evolve ourselves beyond this point. This way is “against god”. In other words, we can all exist quite well without becoming truly conscious, just going about our lives in the ordinary way.
We must go against much in our lives to become truly conscious.
This latter property miracylous not what most people mean when they use this word. Few people are actually truly conscious, tue is something like being fully aware of ourselves at all times, not being lulled into stupors by our lives. There are in fact many I’s, not just one, as when we refer to ourselves in the first person. This is because our minds are split into many different factions based on our feelings.
Essentially the luspensky we think we possess is an illusion supported by buffers between the different parts that prevent harsh collisions.
In this sense we are not one person but many, which explains how we can react in ways seemingly contrary to our previous convictions. There is no real basis for negative emotions and these drain us of the energy needed to become conscious.
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We actually require higher emotional energy to become conscious, and negative emotions drain us of this. All-in-all this book is quite good because Ouspensky tells the story of ln search for, meeting and breaking with this enigmatic character.
He learns some intriguing things but still ends up confused in the end, without the final answers he longed for.
View all 5 comments. Jul 18, Sue rated it really liked it. Having read just about everything written by or about Gurdjieff, Ouspensky, Collin, Orage, Nicoll, and countless disciples, spin-offs, Sufis, etc. The core of the “work” is a powerful methodology, but no more so than, say, vipassana, zen, dzogchen or other solid, me Having read just about everything written by or about Gurdjieff, Ouspensky, Collin, Orage, Nicoll, and countless disciples, spin-offs, Sufis, etc.
The core of the “work” is a powerful methodology, but no more so than, say, vipassana, zen, dzogchen or other solid, meditation-based ni.
In Search of the Miraculous: Fragments of an Unknown Teaching
There is nothing about the fourth way that is any more “esoteric” than these other traditions that’s right, nothing. The biggest difference is that Gurdjieff left behind a legacy of fraudulent teachers and cults, whereas there are many Buddhist and other groups that are reliable. Certainly, Buddhist and other groups, being made up of people, have their flaws, and there are things to be learned in some not all! Gurdjieff groups, but decades of hard-won experience allows me to say that the Gurdjieff tradition is peculiar in attracting power-hungry charlatans who exploit the “rascal sage” idea to gather suckers around themselves.
It happens in other traditions, but there, it tends to end in disgrace. In fourth way groups, duping people seems to be a point of pride.
Even groups that are not necessarily exploitative or fraudulent tend to attract people who especially like the idea of being “esoteric,” to use a term Ouspensky used, but which was far more appropriate eighty years ago than it is today.
That is, they like to imagine they’ve contacted the “real” inner work–as opposed to those fools who imagine any other traditions can lead to awakening. In other words, the ego-driven, cult mentality that turns useful information into its opposite.
Ouspensky – Extracts from “In Search of the Miraculous”
Regardless, I strongly recommend In Search of the Miraculous. It’s the single best book on Gurdjieff’s work ever written. It’s reasonably comprehensive on the important theories and methods. It’s clear–no Beelzebub’s Talesian mumbo-jumbo. It includes enough of Ouspensky’s personal comments and experiences to make an entertaining story, but it isn’t a self-indulgent book about the author “and then he said this to me, and then I said that to him.
And if you happen to buy a copy that has a bookmark in it from a purported Gurdjieff “school” — toss the bookmark. Trust me about that. May 05, Sky rated it it was ok Shelves: Way too much esoteric stuff for my tastes. Some paragraphs were interesting, but the rest became a diagonal read. Jun 17, Maureen rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: This book is a treasure trove for anyone wishing to know more about the Gurdjieff work. My copy of it is littered with underlined sentences, enneagrams, scribbled notes on will, being and function, and notes on octaves and self-observation.
Is this an easy read? Easier than Gurdjieff, certainly, but so jam-packed with useful information, that it needs to be read over the course weeks, or even months.
In these pages you will learn the way of the fakir, the monk, and the yogi, and, with a little l This book is a treasure trove for anyone wishing to know more about the Gurdjieff work. In these pages you will learn the way of the fakir, the monk, and the yogi, and, with a little luck, something about your own impermanent “I. Nov 10, David If rated it liked it Shelves: The first half of this book is very readable, straightforward, engaging and practical.
Initially there were very few far-out claims, and I felt they were meant to be taken metaphorically. For instance, the idea that war is mitaculous by the uncomfortable proximity of certain planets at certain times seems to be more an illustration of the way mass movements are the result of mechanical forces. But the book miracu,ous more and more obtuse and really goes downhill after Ouspensky introduces this strange The first half of this book is very mirachlous, straightforward, engaging and practical.
But the book becomes more and more obtuse and really goes downhill after Ouspensky introduces this strange pretend chemistry that’s way too precise and detailed to not be taken literally. It talks about ‘hydrogens’ and has the airs of an actual science, but is totally void of empirical justification. It’s tedious and slightly embarrassing nonsense, and I don’t see any value to it.
Repeated characterisations ouspesnky people as machines are particularly poignant against the background of WWI and the October Revolution in Ij, but sometimes it’s taken too far. There’s occasionally this slightly distasteful sense that most of humankind are born dull and die dull, incapable of any sort of enlightenment or true consciousness. And such people are in the majority”. Also, it’s somewhat suspicious that Ouspensky and Gurdjieff dedicate so much space to why you can’t possibly attain freedom unless you become part of a group and obey a single leader unconditionally and unquestioningly.
This is inevitably Ouspensky’s own interpretation of Gurdjieff’s teachings, so although most of it is framed as direct quotation, I suspect he’s included a lot of his own views just as Plato made Socrates a character in his own dialogues. Although this book was endorsed by Gurdjieff, it seems odd that the system insists on understanding being difficult to attain searc then Ouspensky goes and puts large swathes of it in an easily digestible, page novel.