Fragments of an Unknown Teaching is the record of Ouspensky's eight years of work as Gurdjieff's pupil.
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Fragments of an Unknown Teaching is the record of Ouspensky's eight years of work as Gurdjieff's pupil.
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  • BN ID: 2940011881893
  • Publisher: Ouspensky Books
  • Publication date: 10/12/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 132,690
  • File size: 370 KB

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In 1907, motivated by the conviction that some higher form of knowledge must exist beyond the tangent fields of science and math, Ouspensky became aware of Theosophical literature and the possible synthesis of religion, mysticism, and science. In 1909, he published The Fourth Way, dealing with abstract mathematical concepts. He later published a book on yoga, followed by Tertium Organum; the Third Canon of Thought; a Key to the Enigmas of the World (English translation London, 1923). It offered his synthesis of time, space, relativity, Theosophy, cosmic consciousness, and Eastern and Western philosophy.

From 1913, 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 1915, he met Sophia Grigorievna Maximenko (who later became his wife) and the mystic G. I. Gurdjieff (who became his guru).

Ouspensky became a disciple and interpreter of Gurdjieff's system (i.e., that there exists real possibilities for individuals to evolve psychologically into a state of consciousness far higher than that in which they spend the whole of their ordinary lives) until 1924, when he decided to follow his own path. He lectured, wrote books, and conducted study groups in England and the United States on the work of Gurdjieff until his death in 1947. Rom Landau attended and wrote an account of an Ouspensky lecture in London."
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2007

    Fragments of an Unknown Teaching

    In Search of the Miraculous, Fragments of an Unknown Teaching, arguably stands foremost among the various attempts that have been made by Gurdjieff's pupils to introduce his evolutionary ideas through writing. It may be surprising to some that Ouspensky received from Gurdjieff the material organized in this book over a period of only three years, from 1915 to 1918. After his relatively brief but apparently intensive initiation into various aspects of the teaching, Ouspensky separated himself from his teacher for personal reasons while other pupils remained with Gurdjieff to receive advanced instruction for many years until Gurdjieff's death in 1949. People continue to seek out the Gurdjieff work today under the influence of Ouspensky's extraordinary book. It should be required reading for anyone interested in Gurdjieff and for many people this is the first source of acquaintance with Gurdjieff's ideas. The serious student, by entering into practical work, which extends the process of learning beyond the intellectual study of ideas, may come to discover what the book's subtitle expresses. Evidently charged with the power to influence in the mind an unprecedented vision of reality, the ideas Ouspensky detailed are nevertheless 'Fragments' of a teaching which is fundamentally oral in its nature and is intended to inform not only the mind but also the body, the feeling and eventually the whole of oneself.  Whereas the truths Gurdjieff wished people to receive cannot be given through books and ideas alone, these true ideas, when heard, may be the first note of an octave of real understanding.  The careful study of this book can be increasingly rewarding to the student who has entered into conditions of work under the guidance of people specially prepared within the lineage of those to whom Gurdjieff left the task of transmitting his teaching.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2006

    It is Really the Search of the Miraculous

    I had read this book about 8 years ago, I have not met anybody ever since who'ev read this book except couple of close friends and my family. I'm a good and fast reader but this book took me 5 weeks to read it. /I'd read the War and Peace in 5 days./ You will find some parts of the book kind of imposible to understand, but it's ok keep reading it. You will find a new understanding to things in life that you have been looking for.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2012

    Many useful insights,too deep at times

    I enjoyed this book but it can be quite enagmatic at times. Echoing a previous review it took me much longer to read than it should have and I know I have not absorbed enough of it.
    Thankfully there are plenty of enlightening insights in here and I will happy read it again at some point I'm sure.

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