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In Search of the Miraculous: The Definitive Exploration of G. I. Gurdjieff's Mystical Thought and Universal View (Harvest Book)

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Another well-indexed and accessible exposition of the Fourth Way, taken from notes of Ouspensky’s lectures. A lot of the material in this book is already featured in The Fourth Way. Some discussions are exclusively featured here. Conscience – The Search for Truth Biographically speaking, Gurdjieff’s career can be divided in two: the period of search for truth and the period of teaching. The most authentic insight into the first period comes from Gurdjieff’s book, Meetings with Remarkable Men. Hence, it is listed below first. There have been attempts by some of Gurdjieff’s students to trace the sources of his teaching, either through crumbs of information casually given by him, or through discerning the possible origins of his ideas, or through discussions with his relatives. The most noteworthy attempt is listed below. Gurdjieff’s career was varied. When he first began teaching in Russia in 1912, he taught through lectures and discussions. A decade later, he shifted his focus to establishing the Chateau Prieuré at the expense of formal lecturing, teaching through the work of developing the Chateau. When the Chateau was disbanded, Gurdjieff returned to formal teaching, this time through writing, although the character of his exposition was very different from the original Russian lectures.

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This voluminous book was undertaken after Gurdjieff disbanded his institute, when he realized he had to reconsider his expectations of how to bring his teaching to the West. Beelzebub’s Tales to His Grandson was to be the first of a threefold series, each aimed at generating a specific effect on its readers. The effect of Beelzebub’s was to “destroy, mercilessly and without any compromise whatever, in the mentation and feelings of the reader, the beliefs and views, by centuries rooted in him, about everything existing in the world.” Accordingly, it was written in an obscure and lengthy style, deliberately difficult to read. This book is a compilation of five lectures that used to be read before an audience by Ouspensky’s students. Ouspensky would take notes during these readings and revise the material, over a period of six years, resulting in the most concise exposition of the core psychological ideas of the Fourth Way. Ouspensky published the first edition of The Psychology of Man’s Possible Evolution on his private printing press. The book subsequently appeared in several more editions, some of which append a meeting transcript to the five lectures. Gurdjieff’s ideas, profound and radical as they were, naturally seeded many books and influenced many writers. Several were researched to compile the documentary Seeker of Truth. Among these, quoted in the documentary, are Anna Butkovsky-Hewitt’s With Gurdjieff in St. Petersburg and Paris; René Zuber’s Who are you Monseieur Gurdjieff?; and Elizabeth Bennett’s My Life: J.G. Bennett and G.I. Gurdjieff: A Memoir. James Moore’s Gurdjieff: A Biography was consulted for dates and chronology of events.Peter Ouspensky was already an established author when he met Gurdjieff in 1915. Gurdjieff invited him to his introductory lectures in hope of using his literary help to disseminate his teaching in Russia. Ouspensky took note of Gurdjieff’s early lectures and eventually published what would become the most well-known presentation of Gurdjieff’s teaching: In Search of the Miraculous (listed above).

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