In Search Of The Miraculous

In Search Of The Miraculous

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by P D Ouspensky
     
 

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In Search of the Miraculous Fragments of an Unknown Teaching stands as one of the great classic texts of man's eternal search for meaning and being.
When Piotr Demianovich Ouspensky (1878-1947) met Gurdjieff in St. Petersburg in 1915, he was uniquely prepared to resonate to the latter's call, and was to become one of the most important people to help

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In Search of the Miraculous Fragments of an Unknown Teaching stands as one of the great classic texts of man's eternal search for meaning and being.
When Piotr Demianovich Ouspensky (1878-1947) met Gurdjieff in St. Petersburg in 1915, he was uniquely prepared to resonate to the latter's call, and was to become one of the most important people to help spread Gurdjieff's ideas in the world. He was already a popular journalist and accomplished writer who had written several books on esoteric traditions (his seminal Tertium Organum was published in 1912). He had just returned from his own extensive search in the East, where he encountered a number of "teachers" but had not found what he was looking for-an esoteric school, with a genuine teacher. In Gurdjieff he recognized such a teacher, and became a student.
Later he distanced himself from Gurdjieff, for reasons that are hinted at in the present book and in other places, but which remain mysterious. Ouspensky himself became an important teacher, in a form derived almost entirely from Gurdjieff. He attracted many students in London, and later in New Jersey where he moved in 1941. He continued to work on the extensive notes he had made during his period studying directly with Gurdjieff (1915-1924). Shortly before he died, he finished the present book, which was based on these notes.

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ISBN-13:
9784871876308
Publisher:
Ishi Press
Publication date:
08/15/2011
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
605,512
Product dimensions:
0.89(w) x 5.25(h) x 8.00(d)

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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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