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In Search of Being: The Fourth Way to Consciousness Hardcover – 8 Jan 2013
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G. I. Gurdjieff (1866-1949) created an original system of self-transformation that reconciled the great mystical traditions, known as the "Fourth Way" or "the Work." He initially gathered pupils in Moscow and in 1915 organized a study group in St. Petersburg that included P. D. Ouspensky, a leading figure in the spread of the teachings. Amid revolutionary turmoil in Russia, in 1917 he moved to the Caucasus and in 1922 established an institute for his work in France. The sources of the present book stem from this early period.
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Having received this book, and started reading the first few chapters, it is clearly NOT in the voice of writings I have of Mr Gurdjieff.
The only obscure reference to this books real origin is hidden in the forward written by Stephen A. Grant, who, it would seem is the real author of this book.
In my opinion, this is a shameful masquerade to try and sell a book on the back of the Master.
No where on the sleeve is there reference to its real authorship.
Had this book been honest and published who the real author was, I may still have ordered it, but in view of the dubious marketing, and the poor representation of Mr G's writings, as I have experienced ( some in manuscript form - available from the Library of Congress) I returned my copy also.
Having read some of it, it lacks depth and heart. It is like the real meaning of the work has been ripped out and what remains is an 'ego' version of the work.
Interestingly, whatever else might be said of Mdme De Salzmann, her book, "The Reality of Being" published posthumously, does have heart and depth.
Anyone wishing to taste a flavor of the real Gurdjieff, would be advised to by the books, actually written by him.
Incidentally, over the last forty years I have come across the mis-use of the word 'forward' when the writer meant 'foreword'. This has mainly been a fault demonstrated by writers and publishers in or from the United States of America. Just look at the other reviews of this book, and have a wander down google lane for more examples...
'Forward' is a direction...
'Foreword' is before the rest of the words, at the beginning of a book...
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Dubious, I nevertheless read the book, hoping that this "new arrangement" would provide some insights or clarifications of what are extremely deep and challenging concepts. I was sorely disappointed. Rather than clarifying key components of the teaching, this "new translation" muddles the concepts and makes them even more difficult to comprehend. It also takes the vibrancy and life from Gurdjieff's own words! (One's words don't mean anything!) On rare occasions I did find passages that were elucidating, as in the chapters on the law of octaves and degrees of materiality. Otherwise, the reorganization and the paraphrasing of Gurdjieff's analogies dilute the teaching. The sixteen chapters in Part VII through Part IX, the "how-to" portion of the book, are actually a disservice to those who are new to the Fourth Way. And the idea that Gurdjieff and Ouspensky didn't actually break up but decided to divide the teaching, Gurdjieff with the esoteric, Ouspensky with the exoteric?! Oh yes, that is why Ouspensky came to America in the 1940s, he said if Gurdjieff came he would leave. And, yes, why didn't Ouspensky agree to meet when he returned in 1947 and Gurdjieff asked to meet? To top it off - not once does the book indicate the source of the paraphrasing. This means one is unable to check the text against the original source! Kinda slinky, huh? There is something fundamentally wrong here. How would you like it if some "learned being" took all your letters or writings and "reconstructed" them, and then published them under your own name and gave no references to the originals?