In Search of P. D. Ouspensky has 49 ratings and 5 reviews. Cynde said: I’d long been curious about what the deal was between those two, Gurdjieff and Ous. In Search of P.D. Ouspensky: Peter Demian Ouspensky (—) and George Ivanovich Gurdjieff (ca. —), esoteric teachers of. = sr_1_16?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=&sr=&keywords=gary+.

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For me, it’s not an exaggeration to suggest it was a mistake for Ouspensky to abandon his own creativity and seach to become an exponent of Gurdjieff’s teaching. Criticism may in that sense be one of the instruments of the cunning of history.

Just a moment while we sign p.d.ouspenssky in to your Goodreads account. All that is necessary is that you know what you want, and aim for that. Stephen Coffman rated it really liked it Mar 30, The Seeker and the Sly Man: This was a defining moment: Book Reviews Foreword Reviews Biography.

Refresh and try again. He identified and so left Gurdjieff, trumping up the excuse that Gurdjieff was leading them on the religious path, requiring blind obedience and faith.

The two met in St.

In Search of P. D. Ouspensky: The Genius in the Shadow of Gurdjieff – Gary Lachman – Google Books

Ouspensky which recounts his meeting and subsequent association with George Gurdjieff. Feb 21, David Moore rated it it was amazing.

This book moves Ouspensky’s own story center stage, against the backdrop of the Russian Revolution, the dervishes of Constantinople, and a cosmopolitan Europe entre deux guerres. That again seems strange, even cowardly. However, the publisher insisted on adding the prefix In Search of The Miraculouswhich became the more commonly known shortened name for the book.

The following August he again broke with Gurdjieff and left for London. The First Break Ouspensky’s first break with Gurdjieff occurred inonly three years and five months after they first met.


The Gurdjieff Journal publishes interviewsbook excerpts, essays and book reviews. Throughout the book, Ouspensky never refers to Gurdjieff directly, only using the single initial “G. Try again or cancel this request. He has appeared on many television and radio programs and in documentaries and is Adjunct Professor in the Evolution on Consciousness at the California Institute of Integral Studies. He presents Ouspensky as a breakthrough thinker arguing that a fourth dimension existed beyond the mechanical ordinariness of life, one that transcended materiality and offered an expanded consciousness.

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It was only when Gurdjieff began to no more than half answer his questions that he reluctantly agreed to join. The author of Tertium Organum and A New Model of serch Universe .pd.ouspensky here presented as a genuine visionary and an honest seeker of higher-states of consciousness. Stephen rated it liked it Feb 25, Lachman evokes a sense of intense intellectual development and gives a wonderful insight into the zeitgeist of the times.

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Victor Smith rated it really liked it Jan 28, But, at the same time, what have I done so far? Mead’s book was a collection of fragments of an almost forgotten religion: And as Gurdjieff said, “There is nothing that shows up a man better than his attitude towards the work and the teacher after he has left it.

Ouspensky by Gary Lachman. Because of the civil war raging in Russia, Gurdjieff called his Moscow and St. The archetypal encounter it describes echoes that of Don Juan and Castaneda, or perhaps Mephistopheles and Faust.

In Search of P. D. Ouspensky: The Genius in the Shadow of Gurdjieff

No fee was paid by the author for this review. Return to Book Page. In Search of P. The break was presaged as early as August in Finland.


In Search of P. D. Ouspensky: The Genius in the Shadow of Gurdjieff by Gary Lachman

While interested in the teaching intellectually, Ouspensky refused to join a Work group. I also particularly enjoyed the atmosphere generated around the time Ouspensky and others discussed the fourth-dimension in St. For more control over what you subscribe to, head on over to our subscription page.

But in doing so one needs to not overlook or eliminate important and telling facts that weigh against one’s interpretation. HWBowman rated it it was ok Jun 17, The author of this book provided free copies of the book to have their book reviewed by a professional reviewer.

This confidence is the result of that work on myself which I began four years ago. Gurdjieff’s mystique has long eclipsed Ouspensky, once described by Gurdjieff as “nice to drink vodka with, but a weak man. Paul Vittay rated it really liked it Jun 27, At the end of his life, if not before, Ouspensky certainly felt this way and Gary Lachman agrees. After reading Ouspenski’s work over the years it left me feeling quite sad for the man.

Lachman, once a student of the work, does not editorialize, but rather allows the story to reveal the lessons of this occult relationship.

Gary Lachman is an American writer and musician. Tarcher, also does not mention this or a number of other salient ideas in Struggle of the Magicians.

Then in came the challenging A New Model of the Universein which Ouspensky drew on many of his earlier writings.