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

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

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

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There is a good deal of debate as to whether or not the latter was an authentic teacher or a charlatan. Hard to rate, but giving it five due to the rarity of the nature of the Fourth Way (or does that mean I should have given it Four stars? Man is not; he is only a fragmented and veiled collection of personages masquerading as a real self. The very real danger here is that using the tools of modern bio-technology, companies only need small amounts of specimens, be it animals, plants, microbes or a molecular extract from any of the three, to make large quantities of chemicals of medicinal and commercial interest.

Parla spesso di leggi universali, di scuole antiche, ma non entra mai in dettagli con la scusa che chi non è pronto non potrebbe comunque capire.

Ouspensky’s decision to leave his teacher, poignantly but tersely described toward the very end of the book, has this same ambiguity in the most extreme degree. The latter exhibited a wonderfully inspiring revelation of interpretations, which were simple, clear, and directly perceivable--not to mention being also clearly interconnected.

Some, including his close pupil Rodney Collin, say that he finally gave up the system in 1947, just before his death, 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". Reading Medicine Quest begs the question from the concerned environmentalist and intelligent lay-person: once the biological treasures of the rain forest have been thorougly mined, and the knowledge of the medicine man completely tapped, what real committment will there be to saving and preserving endangered and undiscovered species and habitats? Rochester, New York: Manas Press, 1920; New York: Knopf, 1922; London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner, 1923, 1934; 3rd American edition, New York: Knopf, 1945. The Psychology of Man's Possible Evolution and The Cosmology of Man's possible Evolution, a limited edition of the definitive text of his Psychological and Cosmological Lectures, 1934–1945. It was said of Ouspensky that, though nonreligious, he had one prayer: not to become famous during his lifetime.Plotkin relates many advances in this new frontier with a mix of jaded idealism and practical honesty that is both refreshing and alarming. Moreover, Gurdjieff has organized a group, structured along unfamiliar but intriguing principles, to study this knowledge. Ouspensky originally titled the book simply Fragments of an Unknown Teaching, reflecting his view that Gurdjieff's system had to be "assembled" by the student himself, as well as his view that much of the original system was probably lost. Gurdjieff presents to Ouspensky’s group the teaching about the soul that can be developed in man, and this is juxtaposed to Gurdjieff’s teaching about the aim of his work—namely, the development of being in man.

In the latter half of the book numerous ideas are introduced which both amplify those already given and at the same time provide a completely new angle of vision on the whole system and which also seem an integral part of the whole. Gurdjieff describes his teaching as representing the fourth way, not the way of bodily struggle (the way of the fakir), nor the way of purification of the emotions (the way of the monk), nor the way of purification of the mind (the way of the yogi). This is done with refreshing honesty and extraordinary skill—and in a variety of ways—often through Ouspensky’s describing the difficulties he and others encountered in understanding an idea, or the shock when understanding finally appeared and, often, the sense of joy or urgency when realizing this was the great knowledge, the miraculous, of which one had dreamed, but that the demands it made upon the seeker were correspondingly awesome. Some argue that in the Western esoteric tradition, Gurdjieff was the one true master keyholder, far surpassing Crowley, Blavatsky or any other of the western guru-types for the depth and clarity of both his teachings and his being.Ci sono invece altre cose che mi sono suonate più familiari perché le conosco dallo Yoga, come i benefici delle tecniche di respirazione; il fatto che l'uomo è composto da tanti piccoli sé e non conosce il vero Sé finché non elimina il superfluo e l'inutile (l'ho spiegato proprio grossolanamente! The worst parts involve ridiculous theories about the universe's origins, strange interpretations for chemical interactions and how they fit in with made-up conceptual models like the 'Octaves', 'Law of three', 'energy transformation', and other not-very-useful conceptual theories. Mexico, where the Tewa Indians believe that the mud is curative and a chapel commemorates the healing miracles that have allegedly occurred there.

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