In Search of the Miraculous – P. D. Ouspensky – Notes

Pages 1 – 15

 

 

  • ‘Beyond the film of false reality exists another reality’.

 

  • Nothing could be found in Europe – a world of obvious absurdities.

 

  • Impossible that life led nowhere.

 

  • Attraction to India and the East – but secret hidden. Looking for a School.

 

  • Existing Schools: Half religious/ devotional; Sentimental/ Moral; Schools demanding too much.

 

  • Looking for another type – rational – where one knew where one was going/ existing on an earthly plane.

 

  • Meets Gurdjieff (G). Speaks. G ‘disguised’ – ‘completely out of keeping with place and atmosphere’.

 

  • gave fuller answers than expected.

 

  • describes work as ‘psychological…and chemistry plays a large part’.

 

  • G – 2 ways of using drugs: either to strengthen the functions of certain centres with the requisite drug; or to become clever/ strong for a time. The second often led to death or madness.

 

  • G’s pupils – ‘poor intelligentia of Moscow’.

 

  • G’s pupil reads a piece. Begins with the ballet ‘The Struggle of the Magicians’. The piece is called “Glimpses of Truth’.

 

  • wants to publish it, but it is too long.

 

  • wants to tell of impressions of a young man but stops himself.

 

  • wants to work with G. but it is 1000 roubles per month.

 

  • was not to spend his own money on the work.

 

  • ‘people weak in life were weak in the work’. Need to get house in order before beginning work.

 

  • ‘People do not value it if they do not pay’.

 

  • accepts O. anyway.

 

  • wonders if he can keep a secret as he is a journalist. Like on issues of time and space. G; says he must not talk too much: some things are for disciples only. Rule: only speak of an experiment if you can do it yourself.

 

  • No conditions for work – there cannot be. At the beginning, man does not knowhimself – he is not. A man who does not know himself cannot promise or commit.

 

  • A man must knowhimself – must be.

 

  • India is not the answer – everything can be found here.

 

  • Philosophical schools – India; Theory – Egypt; Practice – Persia, Mesopotamia and Turkistan.

 

  • You do not know what I mean by Philosophy, Theory and Practice.

 

  • Where are G’s companions: some dies; some working; some went into seclusion – monasteries.

 

  • threw me words which would interest me.

 

  • What O. wrote on India, G. gave to his pupils: to see what you are and therefore what you would be able to find out. You see what you are.