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5.0 von 5 Sternen Life-transforming book, 22. April 1999
Von Ein Kunde
I discovered this amazing gem in a used book store and interestingly read it at the same time I read Kuhn's "Structure of Scientific Revolutions". I couldn't possibly heap too much praise on either of these books. Both are life-transforming for those of a scientific bent, and for others too. I opened Ouspensky at random and started reading about the distribution of knowledge among people. He cured me of untold anxiety concerning why so few people have a clue when he said that knowledge has power only to the extent it is concentrated in a few people, how the mass of humanity freely discards what little knowledge is allotted them, and particularly how at certain times humanity discards vast amounts of knowledge in favor of mass insanity. He was of course thinking of the Great War but the parallels to today are beyond scary as we face the potential of World War in the Balkans, at the same time that vast amounts of truth concerning for example the importance of nutrition in human disease is being discarded in favor of the "disease" of genetic determinism. This distribution of knowledge observation is both a depressing (since it's totally observably true) and an exhilerating discovery (I no longer feel personally responsible for illuminating anyone since I know the mass of humanity doesn't want knowledge, only answers; an immediate present need associated with their own pleasure principle gratification.)
And that was just opening it at random! The stuff on the fourth way also was incredible, especially since I had been grappeling with that for some. Though I know that illumination may never come except for brief glimpses, I now know at least by using the fourth way (working on your body, mind, and faith simultaneously), I am on the only truly practical path to illumination.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen For those seeking escape from our prison planet, 25. Oktober 1999
A genuinely exciting book! A coherent presentation of Gurdjieff's extremely provocative central ideas about the nature of consciousness, the levels of existence (the order of the cosmos), the importance of the octave (explains why there are no straight lines in nature -- I've been wondering about that all my life and also wondering why human constructions are mostly straight lines over short distances -- an expression of a wish to escape the circularity of our lives perhaps?). This is a life changing book for all seekers.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Life-transforming book, 22. April 1999
Von Ein Kunde
I discovered this amazing gem in a used book store and interestingly read it at the same time I read Kuhn's "Structure of Scientific Revolutions". I couldn't possibly heap too much praise on either of these books. Both are life-transforming for those of a scientific bent, and for others too. I opened Ouspensky at random and started reading about the distribution of knowledge among people. He cured me of untold anxiety concerning why so few people have a clue when he said that knowledge has power only to the extent it is concentrated in a few people, how the mass of humanity freely discards what little knowledge is allotted them, and particularly how at certain times humanity discards vast amounts of knowledge in favor of mass insanity. He was of course thinking of the Great War but the parallels to today are beyond scary as we face the potential of World War in the Balkans, at the same time that vast amounts of truth concerning for example the importance of nutrition in human disease is being discarded in favor of the "disease" of genetic determinism. This distribution of knowledge observation is both a depressing (since it's totally observably true) and an exhilerating discovery (I no longer feel personally responsible for illuminating anyone since I know the mass of humanity doesn't want knowledge, only answers; an immediate present need associated with their own pleasure principle gratification.)
And that was just opening it at random! The stuff on the fourth way also was incredible, especially since I had been grappeling with that for some. Though I know that illumination may never come except for brief glimpses, I now know at least by using the fourth way (working on your body, mind, and faith simultaneously), I am on the only truly practical path to illumination.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen This Book Will Change Your Life, 12. Dezember 1996
Von Ein Kunde
A blurb on the back cover of this book read "This Book will change your
life." Most cynics find such statements truly revolting.
Those brave enough to take the challenge will find an
introduction to a teaching, called The Work, which has been
handed down from generations. A pupil of Georges Gurdjieff,
P. D. Ouspensky was responsible for bring much of his work
to the English speaking world. Certainly the most engaging
of the text written by the Russian mathametician and philospher,
this book belongs in every transcendentalist's library.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Meeting with the Impressive!, 22. August 1998
Von Ein Kunde
Totally fascinating story of an earnest search for knowledge and how it was satisfied through the teacher, Mr G. I often wonder how G had synthesized all his knowledge into such a comprehensive system. Here I'm guessing that G did not wholly learn all this through a "school", since no other one has come forward with a system like his. A genius and a fascinating man. Although the way taught is not for me, I'm glad to have encountered the remarkable teachings. One of the most memorable books I enjoy reading very often again.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Living the question is better than "having" the answer., 27. Mai 1999
An experience of organic change can enter one's presence upon inner recognition (resonance) while reading, since the "Miraculous" is now as it always has been, yet is explained here in concise language representing a living tradition. Not a psychology, a religion, or a science, the in-the-moment practice outlined in text and diagrams, reaches our depths if upon our approach we open our minds, hearts, and the sensation of being in the moment while reading. A book to live by and refer to with renewed attention indefinitely.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Ancient wisdom in contemporary language of singular practice, 10. Dezember 1998
An experience of organic change can enter one's presence upon inner recognition (resonance) while reading, since the "Miraculous" is now as it always has been, yet is explained here in concise language representing a living tradition. Not a psychology, a religion, or a science, the in-the-moment practice outlined in text and diagrams, reaches our depths if upon our approach we open our minds, hearts, and the sensation of being in the moment while reading. A book to live by and refer to with renewed attention indefinitely.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Objective Observation, 19. August 1999
Von Ein Kunde
Note: It should be kept in mind that the words from In Search of the Miraculous are not Gurdjieff's words verbatim, they are rather the words of Ouspensky presented as quotations from Gurdjieff. The fact is that Gurdjieff never spoke so coherently, not even in Russian. Gurdjieff spoke in broken and disorganized rampages, first a line of thought would wander toward one point, then change direction and wander toward another, exactly in the same manner that Gurdjieff's books are written. Though still somewhat artificially cleaned up, the disorganized bent of Gurdjieff's intellectual center reveals itself to a degree in the volume Views From the Real World. As an example of the actual disconnected style of Gurdjieff's lectures see "God the Word." The Gurdjieff recorded in the lecture "God the Word" from Views From the Real World is never the articulate and ultra-coherent Gurdjieff from In Search of the Miraculous. Ouspensky took the gist of what Gurdjieff said and presented it in a manner in which he would have said it if he possessed a sense of the rational and could communicate with eloquence. In Search of the Miraculous as a record of how Gurdjieff actually spoke and the style in which he taught, despite Gurdjieff's gleeful claims of authenticity upon first hearing it read, can be considered a polished piece of fiction. What is written In Search of the Miraculous is what Gurdjieff would have said if he were as lucid as Peter Ouspensky. The book is a transformation by Ouspensky of the fragmented pieces of original esoteric knowledge found by Gurdjieff somewhere in the nameless mountains of central Asia and dropped amateurishly around the towns of Moscow and Saint Petersburg. Let us rely on first impressions, Ouspensky's first impression of Gurdjieff: "He spoke Russian incorrectly with a strong Caucasian accent; and this accent, with which we are accustomed to associate anything apart from philosophical ideas..." Gurdjieff was a low-end trader, a carpet seller, an amateur choreographer and theatrical promoter at a time when the esoteric knowledge hidden in the East needed to move to the West, Gurdjieff was the primitive and rugged pair of legs the esoteric walked on. Gurdjieff's own books can correctly be seen as eccentric failed experiments in esoteric fabling, revealing more about the author than about anything of objective value. Gurdjieff, always the enthusiastic amateur, misjudged the western psyche and insisted on a titanic effort to obscure an otherwise powerful knowledge. His enormous novel Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson has spawned an international cult whose members spend much of their time dissecting each unlikely line of the roughly 1,200 page jovian monstrosity looking for secret meanings hidden within the labyrinth of surreal flight-of-fancy. Practicality demanded an effort of transmission that would prove more feasible. Beginning with Ouspensky's book,
ostensibly concerning his days with Gurdjieff, the knowledge Gurdjieff originally carted into the West begins a process of objective evolution and refinement, a development that always leaves the vision of the carrier of the previous version behind. Ouspensky's conscious organization of the system, in his writings and in those books recording his teaching, renders Gurdjieff obsolete along with all those societies and foundations that are now lost in a cult-of-personality. Likewise Rodney Collin's works The Theory of Celestial Influence and The Theory of Eternal Life, though both now dated, left Ouspensky's vision of esoteric reality seemingly flat and two dimensional. Esoteric knowledge always moves forward, lifting some and usually leaving many to criticize what they mistakenly see as unnecessary information.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Spellbounding-A Priceless Masterpiece, 25. September 1999
In Search of the Miraculous is one of the quintessential books of the 20th century and a must-have for anyone interested in the work of Gurdjieff. Ouspensky's style of writing is easy to read and captivating. If you understand this book it will alter your entire view of yourself and the world around you. Furthermore, anyone who is interested in the eneagram should read this book first in order to complete their understanding of the three centers and how they operate. Well worth the dollars.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Highly Recommended, 19. Juli 1998
Von Ein Kunde
A glimpse into the experience and psychological mathematics of what lies beyond the "mechanical" aspects of life. Also, a compelling saga, in its own right, of Ouspensky's relentless search for a teacher and teaching that could point to direct experience of higher possibilities. Through many countries, political upheavals, disorienting encounters, rigorous experiments - finding in his own backyard, Gurdjieff - one of the most enigmatic and influential Crazy Wisdom masters of all time.
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