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In Search of the Miraculous: Fragments of an Unknown Teaching [Kindle Edition]

Piotr Demianovich Ouspensky , John Schnell
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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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Peter D. Ouspensky (born March 4, 1878– died October 2, 1947) was a Russian esoteric philosopher known for his expositions of the early work of the Greek-Armenian teacher of esoteric doctrine George Gurdjieff, whom he met in Moscow in 1915. He was associated with the ideas and practices originating with Gurdjieff from then on. In 1924, he separated from Gurdjieff personally, but his own recorded words on the subject ("A Record of Meetings," published posthumously) do not clearly endorse this judgement nor does Ouspensky's emphasis on "you must make a new beginning" after confessing "I've left the system", just before his demise. While lecturing in London in 1924 he announced that he would continue independently the way he began in 1921. All in all, Ouspensky studied the Gurdjieff System directly under Gurdjieff's own supervision for a period of ten years, from 1915 to 1924. Ouspenky's book In Search of the Miraculous is a recounting of what Ouspensky learned from Gurdjieff during those years.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 412 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 4871876306
  • Publisher: Ishi Press (24 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00865C2OS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
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82 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book for those who wish to sleep no more. 24 July 2002
For me, this was perhaps one of the most important books I have read in the last ten years. P D Ouspensky was a Russian mathamatician/Philosopher of astounding intellect, who spent most of his years trying to answer those questions that have plagued mankind since our ancestors began to comprehend their existence. Why are we here, what should we be doing, and how can we improve, amongst others. With his scientific background he is not led nor blinded by the ideas of the fantastic, as so many 'new age' authors are, but by the determined resolve to find the truth in things. Although more famous for his time spent with Gurdjieff and subsequent works on his 'system' his earlier books still stand out like breaths of fresh air, still shining new light on old problems unafraid to look from different angles and dispute that which is unfounded of defies common sense. This book is more of a diary of his time with 'G' from the moment they meet to the moment they depart, and the fatastic accounts of in between. Ouspensky is no fool, and is instantly likeable for his honest,unshakeably grounded approach to all the ideas of 'the master'. What happens is a fantastic account of a 'no holes barred' system, that isn't afraid to tell poeple that which they dont wish to hear, whilst at the same time giving us a glimpse of the light at the end of our tunnels. This book inspired me to go on and read his other works, and those of gurdjieff - which together have given me a new direction for understanding some of the most difficult areas of philosophy and religion. I am not saying I agree with all the ideas, but if you want a book to make you really think about your life. This is about the best start you can get.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Start here 18 Feb. 2001
Gurdjieff represents one of the most important metaphysicians of the 20th Century. His philosophy and system of development is hard to pin down. It contains austerities, rituals, magic and astrology as well as a melange of theoretical and rational teachings designed to awaken the individual from a mechanistic state that we are all unwittingly embroiled in. Ouspensky was one of Gurdjieff's foremost pupils and this book is a succinct presentation of all of Gudjieff's major teachings.
The book should be a revelation to the receptive beginner by which is meant someone not satisfied with conventional modes of knowing and understanding and above all conventional solutions to what are ultimately unconventional problems. His teachings apparently have their roots in Sufism and other magical systems but have a very close parallel to Buddhism, notably mindfulness or "Self remembrance" as a method of waking up. People familiar with esoteric methods will find much to celebrate in this book.
The book is also biographic and traces Gurdjieff and his students' departure from the old Russian Empire at the time of the revolution during the First World War. A time of crisis that adds to his teachings. The book finally marks a point of departure between G and Ouspensky.
Gurdjieff was not a great writer and his teachings are best represented by his pupils except for the specialists who could actually wade through G's own writings like Beelzebub's Tails which is rather complex and abstruse. He approved Ouspensky's primary rendition which this book represents. Whereas Ouspensky does not possibly convey the great warmth that G possessed, this book is the best starting point for a beginner compared to more modern biographic commentaries. Further interest can be added to by an excellent series of books summarising G's teachings in the form of collected talks (by his students) published by Arkarna Penguin.
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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From the arch-absurd to surprising clarity 15 Feb. 2004
This is one of the most extraordinary books ever written. Ouspensky, a mathematician, writer, and intellectual meets a system of spiritual development, ancient but at the same time strikingly new in its formulation, and descibes it in lucid and even entertaining prose.
The teacher of this system was G.I.Gurdjieff. The origins of both the man and his teaching are obscure, and Gurdjieff did his best to make the teaching itself obscure to the point of absurdity. The reason for this, as stated in the introductory chapter of Gurdjieff's own book, 'All and Everything,' was to shake up our habitual thinking, to prevent the ideas being simply amalgamated with our habitual ways of thought. Gurdjieff having achieved this, it fell to Ouspensky to untangle the system again and present it for the modern mind. This he achieved not merely by an intellectual effort, but by verifying the system in himself. This book records the unfolding of the teaching almost in the style of a novel.
It is in this book that Ouspensky states most clearly one of the core ideas of the fourth way system: 'we do not remember ourselves.' Contrary to all our usual assumptions, we do not possess consciousness. Ouspensky's achievement of this initial and very humbling realisation is recorded with great candour. Yet this is the foundation of all that follows: a programme for the psychological and spiritual development of human beings.
In the opinion of this reviewer, this book, together with the much more intellectual 'The Psychology of Man's Possible Evolution,' are Peter Ouspensky's greatest books. They contain insights, obvious to those who have studied the system seriously, which remain entirely absent from mainstream psychology and philosophy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Better than previous Kindle version but diagrams are very poor quality
Note that this review relates to the 24May2012 (Ishi Press) Kindle book. It is not a comment on the essential content of the book which is essential reading to anyone with a real... Read more
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I borrowed this book from the library Many years ago and then bought a copy. I threw it out with a lot of other books that were taking up too much space. Read more
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