Forget: P.D. Ouspensky's Life of Self-Remembering
Bob Hunter, with a foreword by Andrew Phillip Smith
Published by Bardic Press, $19.95, £11.95
in Russia in 1878, P. D. Ouspensky was one of the major esoteric
thinkers of the twentieth century. Ouspensky had already travelled
widely searching for esoteric knowledge, and was an expert on occult
literature and the fourth dimension when he met G. I. Gurdjieff
in 1915. The methods and ideas, both psychological and cosmological,
that Gurdjieff gave Ouspensky exceeded anything he had previously
encountered. Although he subsequently parted from Gurdjieff, Ouspensky
never ceased to practise and teach the ideas of the system. Ouspensky's
books In Search of the Miraculous, The Psychology of Man's Possible
Evolution, and The Fourth Way are still the finest introductions
to the Fourth Way. Don't Forget follows Ouspensky's outer life as
the revolutions and wars of the first half of the twentieth century
force him from Russia to Constantinople to Paris, London and New
York, in parallel with the development of his inner life and thought.
Bob Hunter's biography is the fullest and most detailed available,
and contains previously unpublished material on the final phase
of Ouspensky's life.
Published August 2006 by Bardic Press. Softcover, 272 pages, ISBN
0-9745667-7-2, $19.95, £11.95.
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In 1915, P.D.Ouspensky, one of the most prominent
thinkers of the 20th century, met G.I.Gurdjieff, who revealed to him
the system of ideas he had been searching for in his studies and travels.
After establishing himself in England and later in the USA, he devoted
his life to teaching the ideas now known as the Fourth Way.
austere manner in which he delivered lectures, in accordance with the
times, won him the reputation of a severe intellectual, but, as this
book shows, he was also a warm-hearted man with an extraordinary insight
into people, as well as history and science.
His books Tertium Organum and A New Model of the Universe
were forerunners to his In Search of the Miraculous and The Fourth Way.
They introduce a new way of living in the ordinary circumstances of
our lives. In this book Bob Hunter sets out to give a new perspective
on Ouspensky to whom we owe a great debt of gratitude.
Bob Hunter (1934) worked as a writer in his native Australia and also
in England, where he joined a Fourth Way Group.
Ouspensky's poetic chapter 14 from Tertium Organum [USA only]
P.D. Ouspensky on Christianity and The New Testament
Ouspensky, Nicoll, and Many Others:
an Online Anthology of Fourth Way Writings On Esoteric Christianity
Gurdjieff; Gurdjieff Remembered; Balanced Man by Fritz Peters
(not available in the USA)