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In Search of Being

The Fourth Way to Consciousness
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Shambhala
 | 
July, 2021
ISBN:
9781611800821
Quantity: 
6
$25.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

In the early 20th century in Russia, G.I. Gurdjieff began introducing a spiritual teaching of man’s conscious evolution—a way of gnosis or “knowledge of being” passed on from remote antiquity. Gurdjieff’s early talks in Europe were preserved by his close followers P. D. Ouspensky and Jeanne de Salzmann. Now these teachings are presented as a comprehensive whole, covering in Gurdjieff’s own direct words a variety of subjects, including states of consciousness, methods of self-study, the work in groups, laws of the cosmos, and the universal symbol known as the Enneagram.

Gurdjieff respected traditional religious practices, which he regarded as falling into three general categories or “ways”: the Way of the Fakir, related to mastery of the physical body; the Way of the monk, based on faith and feeling; and the Way of the Yogi, which focuses on development of the mind. He presented his teaching as a “Fourth Way” that integrates these three aspects into a single path of self-knowledge. The principles are laid out as a way of knowing and experiencing an awakened level of being that must be verified for oneself.

All of Gurdjieff's fundamental principles and methods of transforming the intellect, emotions, and body, in the system known as the Fourth Way, are presented in this book in his own clear, precise words preserved by his closest pupils. Arranged in an orderly sequence of passages drawn from two primary source books, P. D. Ouspensky's In Search of the Miraculous, and Gurdjieff’s Views from the Real World, recorded and arranged by Jeanne de Salzmann. This material is an indispensable introduction for those determined to undertake the efforts and practices necessary for awakening consciousness.

All the basic concepts and methods are covered, including:

  • man is "asleep"
  • we have no unified "I"
  • functions of the human "machine"
  • three centers: moving, emotional, and thinking
  • personality and essence
  • self-observation
  • remembering oneself
  • the variety of spiritual ways
  • esoteric Christianity
  • the necessity of schools.

 

Publisher’s Description: 

An essential introduction to the teachings of G. I. Gurdjieff--creator of Fourth Way and one of the most radical spiritual teachers of modern times.

Are we able to say that life is governed by a group of conscious people? In fact, we see exactly the opposite: that life is governed by those who are the least conscious, by those who are most asleep.

G. I. Gurdjieff believed that two hundred conscious people could change the whole of life on the earth. Yet, according to Gurdjieff, the wars raging at this very moment are nothing more than millions of sleeping people trying to annihilate millions of other sleeping people. With the help of self-knowledge and an understanding of our relation to the universe, we can become conscious and awaken to a higher level of being.

Provocative ideas such as these have attracted generations of thoughtful people to study his methods of self-study and inner work. All of Gurdjieff's fundamental principles and methods of transforming the intellect, emotions, and body, in the system known as the Fourth Way, are presented in this book in his own clear, precise words preserved by his closest pupils. Arranged in an orderly sequence of passages drawn from two primary source books--P. D. Ouspensky's In Search of the Miraculous, and Views from the Real World, recorded and arranged by Mme. Jeanne de Salzmann--this material is an indispensable introduction for those determined to undertake the efforts and practices necessary for awakening consciousness.

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