Though he never joined the Work, forever remaining on its periphery, gleaning here and there what information he could, criticizing and casting doubt, Mouravieff was never quite able to get Gurdjieff and the teaching out of his system. Then in , 12 years after Gurdjieff 's death, Mouravieff came forward with a three-volume work, Gnosis, which purported to give what he called "the complete" exposition of the exoteric, mesoteric, and esoteric tradition of Eastern orthodoxy. Essentially what Mouravieff did was to strip Gurdjieff 's teaching of its mooring in sacred science and insert it into an Eastern Orthodox Christian perspective, adding some peculiarities of his own making. However, there was a glaring problem.
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Martin Gordon Illustrator. Robin Amis Editor. Manek D'Oncieu Translator. Volume III of Boris Mouravieff's Gnosis contains ancient keys to a tradition of Christian esotericism that was necessarily hermetized years ago and has since remained unpublished, surviving to the present only in unwritten form. For students who have read the first two volumes of this work, this final text will provide exact data making it possible to solve many of the Volume III of Boris Mouravieff's Gnosis contains ancient keys to a tradition of Christian esotericism that was necessarily hermetized years ago and has since remained unpublished, surviving to the present only in unwritten form.
For students who have read the first two volumes of this work, this final text will provide exact data making it possible to solve many of the practical problems attendant on spiritual practice under the pressures of everyday life in modern times.
It also contains comments on certain related ideas seen from a viewpoint so foreign to our present era that it hints at a very different frame of mind from the everyday To this list I'd have to add Gnosis Get A Copy.
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Sort order. Apr 15, Magnus Itland rated it it was amazing. I seem to be writing this disturbingly often lately: "This book was amazing, don't read it! Reviews of Mouravieff's books often point out how they are a mixture of deep timeless wisdom and madness. It seems to me that the "madness" part is in each case that which the reader has not experienced himself. I also have found in this book revelations that I until then thought I was alone to have, usually more clearly than I had seen them myself.
If those are madness, then, th I seem to be writing this disturbingly often lately: "This book was amazing, don't read it! If those are madness, then, they are madness discovered independently at different times and places. And, like every other reader I have seen, there are parts of the book that make no sense at all to me. But I am not sure they are the same parts that made no sense to the others. Certainly this book has the capacity to induce insanity, pure life-destroying psychosis, in fragile souls.
I have no doubt about that. It views the world and the mind from a place so far outside the consensus reality that it will be hard, if at all possible, to see things the same way again.
But by the same token, because of the unusual perspective, some things become visible that used to be hidden. I have learned a number of very important things from this book, but there is no one I would dare recommend it to, and in the final reckoning I can still not say whether it has helped me or hurt me. But interesting, it certainly was. More than almost anything I have read. When I put it aside again and again, it was not for being boring, but for being dangerous.
Aug 19, Georgios Aletras rated it it was amazing. A book not for everyone, goes very deep in Ouspensky's and Gurdjieff's work and generaly in the Fourth Way!!! Good to give some brain food to the searcher as all books do but till there!!!
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Boris Mouravieff was an enigmatic 'third man', known to Gurdjieff and Ouspensky, who found and learned to practice what he clearly believed to be the complete system of which only 'fragments' had been previously published in Ouspensky's In Search of the Miraculous. Many of his discoveries are described in his book Gnosis, which contains in its three volumes the fundamental components of that Christian esoteric teaching revealed by Ouspensky in fragmentary form. This Gnosis is not a modern statement of the second century texts known as 'Gnosticism', but a previously unpublished ancient Christian knowledge tradition. Boris Mouravieff taught Eastern Esotericism at Geneva University for many years, and Gnosis is the result of his teaching.
He was the second of Count Piotr Petrovitch Mouravieff's three sons. A commissioned officer of the Imperial Russian Naval Academy Mouravieff rose through the ranks, in particular from to when he served aboard the Russian cruiser Aurora. Aurora won fame in , giving the signal for the start of the Bolshevik Revolution. Promoted to lieutenant commander in , he commanded a flotilla of fast torpedo boats of which he had been the designer and the promoter.