Stairway to the Stars: Sufism, Gurdjieff and the Inner Tradition of Mankind

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The book provides an introduction to mystical philosophy and the concept of inner development by looking at a number of its great schools.

Mystics concur in saying that we are in some way “asleep”—and must recognize this to awaken. A considerable attempt to identify the nature of this sleep is made in the earlier part of the book, with the particular help of the teaching of Gurdjieff. Also studied are ways of the past and present, including the Mystery Schools, Gnosticism, ...

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Overview

The book provides an introduction to mystical philosophy and the concept of inner development by looking at a number of its great schools.

Mystics concur in saying that we are in some way “asleep”—and must recognize this to awaken. A considerable attempt to identify the nature of this sleep is made in the earlier part of the book, with the particular help of the teaching of Gurdjieff. Also studied are ways of the past and present, including the Mystery Schools, Gnosticism, Alchemy, Zen, the Fourth Way, and the Way of the Sufi. It is also made apparent that the Way of Jesus, until it was overlaid by Christianity, was once understood as one of these waves or teachings for the development of human being and consciousness. The resonance of this teaching with all other mystical teachings is a significant theme. The purpose of the book is to inspire the reader to ascend the Stairway to the Stars.

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"An inspiring and instructive introduction to the nature of mystical development and esoteric endeavour....lucid and luminous"

"A powerful and poetic summons to the stairway withing....as helpful as it is compelling."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781904658320
  • Publisher: Aeon Books
  • Publication date: 4/28/2010
  • Pages: 100
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Max Gorman is a life long student of sufism and the works of Gurdjieff. His previous works include Jesus the Sufi: The Lost Dimension of Christianity.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Prelude 1

Chapter 2 The message of the mystic 7

Chapter 3 Towards the recognition of sleep 11

Chapter 4 The meaning of esotericism 19

Chapter 5 The inner circle of humanity 25

Chapter 6 The Way 31

Chapter 7 The mystery schools 35

Chapter 8 The Gnostics 41

Chapter 9 The art of alchemy 53

Chapter 10 Zen 59

Chapter 11 Gurdjieff, enemy of sleep 65

Chapter 12 The way of the sufi 79

Further Reading 89

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