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Inhaltsangabe: The author's ninth and final book on the Work is a comprehensive and factual account of Gurdjieff and The Fourth Way. Material from all of Gurdjieff's direct students and their library archives, much of it not available until recently, is assembled in chronological form as it happened.
The aim is to give an objective, panoramic view of Gurdjieff's life, the inner substance of the seminal and scientific teaching of self-development he discovered, and his unrelenting mission to introduce and establish this esoteric teaching in the West.
Included are Uspenskii's (original Russian spelling) never-before-published essays "Why I Left Gurdjieff" and "Where I Diverge from Gurdjieff"; original deleted material from Search; Uspenskii's American femme fatale, Carman Barnes; Jessie Dwight Orage's short stories "Elsie at the Prieuré" and "Elsie and Allah"; notes of Kathryn Hulme and Solita Solano (1935-39); The Science of Idiotism, and the complete scenario of Gurdjieff's ballet, The Struggle of the Magicians.
George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff: The Man, The Teaching, His Mission represents William Patrick Patterson's ninth and final book on the life and teachings of Gurdjieff and is fundamentally a summation of forty-four years of Patterson's researching, studying, and applying Gurdjieff's Fourth Way teaching. An impressive work of definitive scholarship, the book is enhanced with photos and essays, as well as extensive Notes, Chronology, a lengthy roster of References, a list of Gurdjieff students, and impressive Bibliography, and a comprehensive Index. A critically important resource and reference for students of Gurdjieff's work, Patterson's George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff: The Man, The Teaching, His Mission is an indispensable addition to academic library reference collections. --—James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief, Midwest Book Review
There are good reasons to read this hefty book, the latest from William Patrick Patterson, one of today's best-known authors of books about the spiritual master G.I. Gurdjieff and his teaching, often called the Fourth Way.
Readers will find here an expertly assembled narrative – a chronological mosaic of the activities, inner and outer, of Gurdjieff and his followers, pieced together from the records kept by many. The story begins with Gurdjieff s birth and quickly moves to the first dated entry, 13 November 1914, Moscow, which finds Russian philosopher P.D Ouspensky (or "Uspenskii", as Patterson spells it) sitting in a newspaper office noting a story about an upcoming ballet, The Struggle of the Magicians. The book then proceeds year by year, month by month, often day by day, ending with Gurdjieff s death on October 29, 1949, and his burial. In its range and depth, this account ranks with James Moore's Gurdjieff and James Webb's The Harmonious Circle as a vivid portrait of the great and enigmatic teacher and of the men and women he taught.
The Gurdjieff in these pages appears sui generis: a man of immense power, understanding, and ability, impossible to predict or understand fully - the "Unknowable Gurdjieff" as one of his more celebrated pupils, writer Margaret Anderson, had it. Yet there are astonishing moments here that reveal something about him and, as Patterson puts it, his mission: 10 February 1936. Writes Krokodeel [Gurdjieff's nickname for his pupil Kathryn Hulme, who would go on to write the novel The Nun's Story]: "Gurdjieff gave us a pledge to say each time before beginning the new exercise that we would not use this for the self, but for all humanity. This 'good-wishing-for-all' vow, so deeply moving in intent, had a tremendous effect upon me. For the first time in my life, I felt that I was truly doing something for humanity as I strove to make my own molecule of it more perfect. The meaning of this work, which at first had seemed quite egotistical and self-centered, suddenly blossomed out like a tree of life encompassing in its myriad branching the entire human family."
1 November 1936. Georgette Leblanc knocks at Gurdjieff s door. He steps back and leans against the wall, the light from the little salon illuminating him fully. "For the first time", Georgette says, "he let me see what he really is. It was as if he had torn off the masks behind which he is obliged to hide himself. His face was stamped with a charity that embraced the whole world. Transfixed, standing before him, I saw him with all my strength and I experienced a gratitude so deep, so sad, that he felt a need to calm me. With an unforgettable look, he said 'God helps me.'"
Even those sufficiently versed in the Gurdjieff literature to know of these events may find new material here, for included in the book are a number of historical documents that, as far as this reviewer is aware, appear nowhere else in readily available book form. Among them are two revelatory essays by P.D. Ouspensky, Gurdjieff's most famous student who nonetheless broke from Gurdjieff after only a few years of instruction: "Why I Left Gurdjieff" and ""The Struggle of the Magicians: Where I Diverge from Gurdjieff." That Patterson has managed to find and present these essays continues his effort to make available to the general reader previously difficult-to-obtain documents, an effort begun in his book Voices in the Dark, the first public appearance of transcripts from Gurdjieff's wartime (WWII) meetings. Also included in this new book are such rarities as Gurdjieff's scenario for his ballet The Struggle of the Magicians and Frank Lloyd Wright's "Gurdjieff at Taliesin." --—Jeff Zaleski, Publisher and Editor, Parabola
I have spent a lifetime studying the work of G.I. Gurdjieff and P.D. Ouspensky and while so many so called representatives of the tradition have modified it with new ageism or other religious systems, Patterson has always presented the tradition without distortion or obscuration. Having received his training via Lord Pentland Patterson s transmission of the teaching has always been incisive, clear and rigorous. Patterson has a prodigious output when it comes to publications, nine books (including this one), a magazine, The Gurdjieff Journal, four DVD's and The Gurdjieff Studies Program. He is considered by many, including myself, to be the most significant teacher of The Fourth Way today.
The book Georgi Ivanovitch Gurdjieff: The Man, The Teaching, His Mission is a work of incredible dedication, it took over eight years to write and it is quite a tome, some 668 pages in length with 200 pages in supplements. Patterson offers an exemplary biography of both Gurdjieff and Ouspensky. It seems he had read every available biography and source materials and brought these together to write the most accurate and comprehensive biography of both men currently available. Exhaustively referenced this is really quite an achievement.
This feat is amazing in itself but this book is not simply a biography but an outline of the "Way of the Sly Man " or The Fourth Way. Patterson gives one of the most extensive expositions of The Fourth Way with exceptional clarity and succinctness. Being succinct is an art, it means ignoring literary pretensions and ego aggrandizement and using words carefully and with immense care. Patterson's way of writing is direct and without undue padding; others writing this volume would have made it three times the size, but Patterson writes to do a job and does it well. His outline of the nature of The Fourth Way shows a lifetime of study and practice and offers insights not found in any other similar volume.
The reference materials included in this volume are rare and include such never-before-published essays "Why I Left Gurdjieff" and "Where I Diverge from Gurdjieff"; original deleted material from Search; Uspenskii's American femme fatale, Carman Barnes; Jessie Dwight Orage's short stories "Elsie at the Prieuré" and "Elsie and Allah"; notes of Kathryn Hulme and Solita Solano (1935-39); The Science of Idiotism, and the complete scenario of Gurdjieff's ballet, The Struggle of the Magicians.
The book itself is beautifully presented as a 6 x 9 hardcover with sewn binding, essays, notes, references, bibliography, photos and a comprehensive index. The most significant thing about Georgi Ivanovitch Gurdjieff: The Man, The Teaching, His Mission is its focus. As someone who has read lots of books on The Fourth Way, Patterson time and time again reminds us of the "why" of the tradition, that is to wake up slumbering mankind. This is not a book written for the sake of it but written for an age in crisis when we must examine our own lack of awareness, our own confusion and lack of a true self and consider making the urgent journey to forge a soul. This is clearly a difficult if not dangerous task but one which is becoming more and more mandatory in a world dominated by superficiality, consumerism and distorted forms of culture and spirituality. --—Robert Black, Living Traditions
Buchbeschreibung Arete Communications, 2014. Hardcover. Buchzustand: New. book. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 1879514087