The book is written in the form of a personal account of Ouspensky’s years with Gurdjieff, and the ideas of Gurdjieff are presented to some extent in their. In Ouspensky’s ‘In Search Of The Miraculous’ the reader is introduced to the authors first meeting and following time spent with the enigmatic Greek/Armenian . Buy In Search of the Miraculous: The Definitive Exploration of G. I. Gurdjieff’s Thought and Universal View (Harvest Book) Revised ed. by P. D. Ouspensky.
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Notes from ” In Search of the Miraculous”, Chapters Return to Consciousness and The Conscious Universe. Page 21 Man is a machine. Ouspdnsky his deeds are the results of external influences, external impressions. What is being done, and particularly what has already been searcch in one way, cannot be, and could not have been, done in another way. Page 22 Everything is miraculuos on everything else, everything is connected, nothing is separate. Page 24 What is war? It is the results of planetary influences.
Somewhere up there two or three planets have approached too near to each other; tension results. Everything that happens on a big miracu,ous is governed from the outside, and governed either by accidental combinations of influences or by general cosmic laws. Page 24 Organic life on earth is acted upon rhe by influences proceeding from various sources and different worlds; influences from the mkraculous, influences from the moon, influences from the sun, influences from the stars.
All these influences act simultaneously; one influence predominates at one moment and another influence at another moment. Page 26 In real art there is nothing accidental. Everything in it can be calculated, everything can be known beforehand. The great Sphinx in Egypt is such a work of art. He by no means wanted to make it easy for people to become acquainted with his ideas. On the contrary he considered that only by overcoming difficulties, however irrelevant and accidental, could people value his ideas.
Page 37 Knowledge is material. There is a definite quantity of it in a given place at a given time. Taken in a large quantity by one man, it produces very good results; taken in a small quantity by a large number of people, it gives no results at all. Page 39 Knowledge cannot come to people without effort on their own part. Page 40 A man who has attained the full development possible for man consists of four bodies: Ln body – a carriage.
Astral body the emotions – a horse. Mental body the mind – a driver. Causal body – the master. Page 53 A man is never the same for very long. He is continually changing.
Page 57 There exist special forces of a planetary character which oppose the evolution of large masses of humanity, and keep it at the level it ought to be. Page 59 Man has no permanent and unchangeable I. Man is a plurality. Man’s name is legion. Page 67 Knowledge by itself does not give understanding. Understanding depends upon the relation of knowledge to being. Page 71 Seven types of man: Man 1 is the man of the physical body.
Man 2 is the emotional man. Man 3 is the man of reason whose knowledge is based on scholastics. Man 4 is a man who has ideals. Man 5 is a man who has reached unity and has already been crystallized. Man 6 is very close to the ideal man, but some of his properties have not yet become permanent. Man 7 is the man who had reached the full development possible to man.
Page 72 Every man is born number one, number two, or number three. Man number four is always the product of school work. Page 73 The same order of division into seven categories must be applied to everything relating to man – art, religion, science, philosophy, etc.
Page 75 It is impossible to study a system of the universe without studying man.
At the same time it is impossible to study man without studying the universe. Man is an image of the world. Page 77 Every phenomenon is the result of the combination of three forces – positive active, “1”negative passive, “2”and neutral neutralizing, “3”. Page 79 The Absolute is designated by the number “1” because the three forces are united. Let us image the Absolute as a circle and in it a number of other circles, worlds of the second order.
The small circles will be designated by the number “3”, because in a world of the second order the three forces are already divided. The three divided forces in the worlds of the second order create new worlds of the third order. Six different forces will be acting upon the worlds of the third order.
Page 80 Orders of the “world”.
Page 80 The chain of worlds which links the Absolute to the Moon forms the “ray of creation” in which we find ourselves. Page 81 The number of forces in each world indicates the number of laws to which the given world is subject. We live in a world subject to 48 orders of laws. Page 83 According to the “ray of creation”, the Moon is still an unborn planet. Page 84 A miracle is the manifestation in this world of the laws of another world. Page 85 The influence of the Moon upon everything living manifests itself in all that happens on Earth.
Man can not tear himself free from the Moon. All his movements and consequently all his actions are controlled by the Moon. The mechanical part of our life is subject to the Moon. Page 87 The world consists of matter in a state of vibration. The rate of vibration is in inverse ratio to the density of matter. Page 87 An “atom” of the Absolute is smaller than an “atom” of a 1st-order world.
An “atom” of a 1st-order world is smaller than an “atom” of the 2nd-order world, etc. Page 90 Every substance has four aspects or states which correspond to fire, air, water, and earth. Substance which conducts the active force is called ‘carbon’ – “1”.
Substance which conducts the passive force is called ‘oxygen’ – “2”.
Substance which conducts the neutralizing force is called ‘nitrogen’ – “3”. Substance without force is called ‘hydrogen’ – “6”. Page 90 Force is divided into mirafulous types, and matter is divided into “four” types.
Page 95 The laws of a game make the essence of the game. A violation of these laws would destroy the entire game. The Absolute can not interfere in our life and substitute other results in the place of the natural results of causes created by us, or created accidentally. Page 95 The Moon is the weight on a clock.
Organic life is the mechanism of the clock brought into motion by the weight. If the weight is removed, all movements in the mechanism of the clock will at once stop.
Page 99 Until a man has defined his own aim for himself, he will not be able to begin ‘to do’ anything.
There are many aims of existence. Page What happens to us may depend upon three causes: Such as we are, we are almost wholly dependent upon accident. Page Wars cannot be stopped. War is due to cosmic forces, to planetary influences. Page Without self-knowledge, man cannot be free. Self-observation is the work or the way which leads to self-knowledge. Page Miracilous is absolutely the opposite of ‘useful’ mental activity. Observation of the activity of imagination and daydreaming forms a very important part of self-study.
The next object of self-observation must be habits in general.
Page Man is a machine controlled by accidental shocks from outside. Page You can only know consciousness in yourself. Page In order to really observe oneself, one must first of all remember oneself. In self-remembering, one’s sewrch is directed toward the object miraculoys and toward oneself. Page The first fundamental law of the universe is the “Law of Three”.
Every phenomenon is the result of simultaneous action of the three forces – the positive, the negative, and the neutralizing. In order to understand the meaning of this law it is necessary to regard the universe as consisting of vibrations. Page In ancient knowledge, the understanding of vibrations is based on the idea of the discontinuity of vibrations.