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by Gary Lachman


Gurdjieff's mystique has long eclipsed Ouspensky, once described by Gurdjieff as "nice to drink vodka with, but a weak ma. Yet Ouspensky was a brilliant, accomplished philosopher in his own right, and some consider his meeting with the charismatic "Mr. the catastrophe of his life

Gary Lachman is the author of more than a dozen books on the meeting ground between consciousness, culture, and the western esoteric tradition. He is a regular contributor to several journals in the US and UK and he regularly lectures on his work in the US, UK, and Europe

Gary Lachman is the author of more than a dozen books on the meeting ground between consciousness, culture, and the western esoteric tradition. He is a regular contributor to several journals in the US and UK and he regularly lectures on his work in the US, UK, and Europe. 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.

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Ouspensky studied the Gurdjieff system directly under Gurdjieff's own supervision for a period of ten years, from 1915 to 1924. While lecturing in London in 1924, he announced that he would continue independently the way he had begun in 1921

Author: Gary Lachman.

Author: Gary Lachman.

Download PDF book format. Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 295-324) and index. Personal Name: Uspenskii?, P. D. (Petr Dem?i?a?novich), 1878-1947. Choose file format of this book to download: pdf chm txt rtf doc. Download this format book. Ouspensky : the genius in the shadow of Gurdjieff Gary Lachman. Personal Name: Gurdjieff, Georges Ivanovitch, 1872-1949. Rubrics: Fourth Way (Occultism) History.

P. D. Ouspensky's classic work In Search of the Miraculous was the first to disseminate the ideas of G. I. Gurdjieff, the mysterious master of esoteric thought in the early twentieth century who still commands a following today. Gurdjieff's mystique has long eclipsed Ouspensky, once described by Gurdjieff as "nice to drink vodka with, but a weak man." Yet Ouspensky was a brilliant, accomplished philosopher in his own right, and some consider his meeting with the charismatic "Mr. G." the catastrophe of his life. Indeed, in subsequent years Ouspensky tried hard, with limited success, to break away. 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. The archetypal encounter it describes echoes that of Don Juan and Castaneda, or perhaps Mephistopheles and Faust. One of the great mystical adventures of our time, it will fascinate everyone interested in the farthest reaches of what it means to be human.
Cetnan
I've read all the classic G & O literature and it's been a tremendous blast. Decades have passed and, like every other experience, it has all faded into standard memory, leaving only some pleasantries and old-timer's allegories to "pass on to my children." The conclusion of this book is that Ouspensky ended his life a defeated man: it had all turned to nothing. Living it, taking the tour, having the adventure was all there ever was. To have a goal: Ouspensky's ultimate advice.

If so, I think he's got it dead right. I think that's all anyone "knows." The arguments that have ranged back and forth through these reviews do not give the impression of a community that has learned anything fundamental about our place in the universe, or of any "destiny" for us as human beings.

I have little interest in purported systems of insight into our ultimate nature anymore. I simply don't believe. It was all a good story and Ouspensky was a brilliant storyteller, whom I've always felt close to and would have dearly loved to meet. The only other dead man I'd really like to have met would be Che Guevara. I think that both he and O had guts and tried to remain true to the last.

Perhaps Gurdjieff was a great man, but I found the recordings of his voice [the harmonium tapes] most disappointing. For me, the question is this: who would one like to have had as a friend? Ouspensky would be at the top of my list, along with Che. The latter, too, strove to create "The New Man," and it's that effort, that passion, that compulsion, that I find attractive.

This book tells a good story, I recommend it.
Zieryn
Excellent Book. Well written and researched. Fills in my questions on why Mr. Ouspensky departed from Mr. Gurdjieff.
It was very sad for me to hear about Mr. Ouspensky's mental and emotional downfall at the end of his life.

I highly recommend this work for all those interested in the Work.
Sardleem
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Thordira
Great
Arashilkis
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Amis
Partly a biography of Ouspensky and partly an examination of the similarities and differences in his spiritual beliefs and those of his mentor Gurdjieff, Lachman's work basically searches for the reasons for or causes of the eventual estrangement between these two spiritual leaders of the early twentieth century. Lachman places them in the company of Madame Blavatsky, Rudolf Steiner, and Aleister Crowley. Ouspensky and Gurdjieff first met in Moscow; their lives were disrupted by the Russian Revolution; and both eventually ended up in London. Gurdjieff has the claims to greater fame and influence in the areas of the occult and mysticism. Although Lackman does not completely dismiss the bases for Gurdjieff's higher reputation, he does bring light to Ouspensky's originality, independence, and influence. Gurjieff's higher standing in relation Ouspensky is seen as a result of his craftiness, which is a type of worldliness whereby he managed his image to try to make for an assured and favorable legacy. While the relative stature of each in this vein of modern spirituality can finally be only opinion, in his search to establish such stature, Lachman opens up many dimensions of the modern-day spirituality espoused by these two, both of whom were undeniably influential. Lachman has written two previous books and has appeared on BBC programs on topics related to his writings of social critique and modern spirituality.
Thetath
While I have no problems with the fact that this book was written by an ex-punk rocker, I do have a problem with a writer who doesn't write objectively, but uses his work to promote what he believes in, and bashes what he opposes, in what is meant to be a neutral analysis. Gurdjieff and his doings are always described in a negative way, and it seems the man can't do a thing right in Lachman's eyes. This constant negative slant inevitably leads to serious contradictions though. Probably the most obvious one is the paradox that while Gurdjieff is portrayed as a conman out to make a buck by fooling the gullible, he is simultaneously criticized for always breaking off his various ventures in setting up schools (in Tiflis, Fontainbleau, etc) just as they were getting started. The most dramatic example of this was the closure of the school at Fontainbleau of course, just when he was attracting the wealthy and famous. Seems like a crazy move for a conman though. Just when he had things set up to make big bucks, he closes the whole thing down. No, accuse the man of many things, being erratic, inconsiderate, downright eccentric, but a conman out to make a buck he certainly was not.

This is just one example from a book of contradictions that far from throwing a favourable light on Ouspensky, shows him up as being an insecure man who in his last years seemed extremely doubtful of what he'd been teaching for 30 years. While this may come as no surprise to all who have tried to penetrate Ouspensky's turgid work 'The Fourth Way', it certainly should give second thoughts to those who see Ouspensky as a genius overshadowed by Gurdjieff, when in fact it is clear that if he hadn't met Gurdjieff, he would have remained the second-rate, wannabe mystic and esotericist he was at the time of their first meeting. This book is still interesting for the many anecdotes and interesting information on both men, but don't expect an objective account of their relationship.
In Search of P. D. Ouspensky: The Genius in the Shadow of Gurdjieff ebook
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Gary Lachman
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