By Piotr Demianovich Ouspensky
Looking for the impressive Fragments of an Unknown instructing stands as one of many nice vintage texts of man’s everlasting look for which means and being. whilst Piotr Demianovich Ouspensky (1878-1947) met Gurdjieff in St. Petersburg in 1915, he used to be uniquely ready to resonate to the latter’s name, and was once to develop into essentially the most very important humans to aid unfold Gurdjieff’s rules on the planet. He used to be already a well-liked journalist and complete author who had written numerous books on esoteric traditions (his seminal Tertium Organum was once released in 1912). He had simply again from his personal broad seek within the East, the place he encountered a few “teachers” yet had now not chanced on what he was once having a look for—an esoteric institution, with a real instructor. In Gurdjieff he famous the sort of instructor, and have become a pupil. Later he distanced himself from Gurdjieff, for purposes which are hinted at within the current ebook and somewhere else, yet which stay mysterious. Ouspensky himself grew to become an incredible instructor, in a kind derived virtually solely from Gurdjieff. He attracted many scholars in London, and later in New Jersey the place he moved in 1941. He endured to paintings at the broad notes he had made in the course of his interval learning at once with Gurdjieff (1915-1924). almost immediately ahead of he died, he accomplished the current booklet, which was once according to those notes.
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But one prisoner alone cannot find these people or get into touch with them. An organization is necessary. " G. often returned afterwards to this example of "prison" and "escape from prison" in his talks. Sometimes he began with it, and then his favorite statement was that, if a man in prison was at any time to have a chance of escape, then he must first of all realize that he is in prison. So long as he fails to realize this, so long as he thinks he is free, he has no chance whatever. No one can help or liberate him by force, against his will, in opposition to his wishes.
Was it possible that G. actually knew what had to be known in order to proceed from words or ideas to deeds, to "facts"? I was still not certain of anything, nor could I formulate anything precisely. But I had an inner conviction that something had already changed for me and that now everything would go differently. Chapter Two IN PETERSBURG the summer passed with the usual literary work. I was preparing my books for new editions, reading proofs, and so on. This was the terrible summer of 1915 with its gradually lowering atmosphere, from which, in spite of all efforts, I could not free myself.
But my thoughts very often returned to the Moscow talks. Several times when things became particularly difficult I remember I said to myself, "I will give up everything and go to G. " And at this thought I always felt easier. Time passed. 's voice. He had come to Petersburg for a few days. I went to see him at once and, in between conversations with other people who came to see him on various matters, he spoke to me just as he had in Moscow. When he was leaving next day he told me he would soon be coming back again.
In Search of the Miraculous (Fragments of an Unknown Teaching) by Piotr Demianovich Ouspensky