- Series: Harvest Book
- Paperback: 399 pages
- Publisher: Mariner Books; Revised edition (September 28, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0156007460
- ISBN-13: 978-0156007467
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 178 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In Search of the Miraculous (Harvest Book) Paperback – September 28, 2001
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A very provocative book that can lead to a complete reassessment of what a reader takes to be his knowledge."-Saturday Review
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In Search of the Miraculous teaches us how to do precisely that -- by the power of the example of its author himself, mathematical philosopher Peter Ouspensky. It is Ouspensky's personal search, transformed into a manual for awakening conscience in the rest of us who try. And the light? Georg Gurdjieff's compression of the teachings of the Ancient Egyptians, the Desert Fathers, and Sufi Masters into a system of self-observation Ouspensky called the Fourth Way. Reading it over the years, ordinary objects in this room of blind mechanical ignorance I kept hurting myself on -- negative emotions, lying needlessly, negative imagination, resentment, greed, etc --, which is my life, slowly became visible, I could see and avoid them before being hurt by them. Nothing in the room changed, just my vision of it. Problem is too much of a good thing is sometimes not good for the thing itself. Entropy takes over. I read and dog-eared my one paperback copy of In Search of the Miraculous and re-read it so much, it fell apart, forcing me to buy this copy on Amazon I am reviewing for you now.
Buy it, read it, dog-ear it, re-read it again. Find the light switch within...
And if you flip on the switch and enjoy In Search, maybe you will enjoy another favorite of mine: Through the Eye of a Needle: Studies from An Ancient Hermetic Teaching
Mr Ouspensky delivers the details of what Mr. Gurdjieff learned and taught in, at times, clear and concise terms, and at other times, almost incomprehensible esoteric ideas and old science......yet if one focuses on what one can comprehend, with time and multiple readings, these secrets to "why we are the way we are," and "what might be our true potential," are gradually and/or explosively revealed.
No aspect of "human nature" is left untouched and learning this knowledge will deepen ones own beliefs/faith whether Christian, Jew, Hindu, Islam etc.
It takes effort and it is not easy but it is as close to TRUTH as we can get.
If you into Gurdjieff this Is most important witness report of G. Teachings as they were given between 1914-1924.