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  • Series: Book 2
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Praxis Inst Pr (June 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1872292119
  • ISBN-13: 978-1872292113
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #763,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Fourth Way is a esoteric Christian tradition brought to the West via G. I. Gurdjieff mainly through the writings of P. D. Ouspensky and a few others.
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All three volumes are essential reading.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Sean Burke on October 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
Boris Mouravieff was well known both to G I Gurdjieff and P D Ouspensky and this book is the second volume of a trilogy concerning the same esoteric studies as the previously mentioned. Ouspensky's "In search of the miraculous" is a fragmented commentary on Esoteric studies. In his three volumes, Mouravieff comprehensively covers the esoteric aspects of Christianity, making the Bible read in a very different light. He systematically explains Jesus's teachings, the purpose of human beings in the grand scheme of the universe ( as conscious food for the Earth's baby) and the subject of free will. This second volume requires the reader to have read the first volume, and this second volume deals more with the practical side of evolving oneself.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ingrid Tulloch on June 11, 2007
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A good overview of a running thread throughout esoteric/gnostic doctrines. It has a christian gloss that I can do without but that is expected with anything "Gnostic". The essential thing in the entire series of gnosis books is the two types of humanity. Moravieff deems the types of humans as Adamic and pre-Adamic. Some misguided bigots will take that to mean one ethnic group or race is "superior" others but it's not about that. It's about conscience and the ability to be fully human by developing conscience and being. It is an easy read too. It covers a lot of similar ground as Gurdjeiff but made less complex. All three volumes are essential reading.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Jones on March 24, 2008
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Boris Mouravieff has done seekers of Truth an invaluable service with his formulation and documentation in clear, scientific terms of an ancient tradition of self-knowledge suspected to date back to at least the time of the mythical figure of "Jesus Christ". Those who are familiar with the "Fourth Way" system of G.I. Gurdjieff should note that the two are essentially the same tradition, however Mouravieff provides considerable Biblical and Apocryphal referencing to propose that the system is at root an "inner" or "esoteric" form of Christianity.

While I do not agree with Mouravieff's overly-Christian presentation (Gurdjieff himself mentioned that the Tradition was pre-Egyptian), the attention to detail and thoroughness Mouravieff has displayed in writing the series has to be commended. If Ouspensky considered his Fourth Way magnum opus, "Fragments of an Unknown Teaching", then Mouravieff's "Gnosis" series can be considered to be a more integrated version of the Tradition. It is unlikely however that even Mouravieff knew the full picture, and has presented us with what he has been able to find.

This second book, "The Mesoteric Cycle", builds on the foundations provided in the first book ("The Exoteric Cycle"). The first volume is essential reading, as Mouravieff assumes a degree of knowledge as he goes into specific aspects and concepts in more detail.

As in the first volume, the book is divided into 3 main sections: Man, The Universe, & The Way. The first section in this volume - "Man" - focuses on man's place and role on Earth and in society.
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This book is the second in a series of three books of spiritual knowledge. The author modestly states that it provides basic information to the student of Gnosticism. The Mesoteric Cycle, which is the subject of this book, "seeks to communicate the elements of a general culture to the student and to teach a method," he says. He explains about the work the student needs to do on himself in order to wake up the sleeping emotional functions. He says there is no free ride in esoteric work, that you gain in proportion to what you put forth as far as working to gain a balanced development of the whole person. The goal is to be able to transcend this third density that we are living in and move up to the fourth density which vibrates at a higher level. His teachings include some of the pitfalls along The Way, more specifically about some of the denizens of the astral plane who try to lead the aspirant astray.

Besides giving information on Gnosticism, the book, which was written in 1961, seems to be a prophecy of what is going to happen to this world unless a miracle happens and we get some world leaders who are not only emotionally mature but superior beings. Considering what kinds of leaders we have in our White House and in Congress right now, the kinds of leaders in Iran, North Korea, China, Russia and virtually every country on the planet, it looks like the world is being led by a bunch of five-year-olds with machine guns that have had their triggers filed, only they are not machine guns but nuclear weapons capable of destroying all life, our very existence.

Other information provided in the book includes: The difference between man, plants and animals, that the moon is actually an unborn planet that will leave the earth's orbit when it actually is born.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Aeneas on January 14, 2008
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This book is part of 3 books with the title Gnosis, that deals with the fourth way teachings. For those unfamiliar with Gurdjieff and the fourth way I would recommend reading Ouspensky first and in particular "In search of the Miraculous".

Mouravieff brings many of the same teachings up as in the above mentioned book by Ouspensky, but he adds his own insights to certain topics and adds new concepts such as the idea of polar beings. There is a Christian flavour throughout the book with many quotes from the New Testamente. This would have to be taken with a grain of salt, especially after having read Burton Mack's excellent book The Lost Gospel: The Book of Q and Christian Origins, where he raises serious and valid questions to the historicalness of the New Testament.

For any student of the 4'th way I would recommend reading this series of books, but be prepared that it takes more stamina to read as it to me has a more theoretical flavour than Ouspensky's book mentioned above.
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