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Why Ouspensky Left Gurdjieff
Part V

Orage and Gurdjieff make a strong impression in New York and Orage meets the woman who represents the greatest challenge of his spiritual life. After returning to the Prieuré, Gurdjieff has a car 'accident' which shocks him into realizing it is impossible, due to his pupil's self-love and vanity, to prepare the required "helper-instructors" needed to disseminate the teaching.

Interview:

Lord John Pentland
Part I

Lord John Pentland, the man Gurdjieff appointed to lead the Work in America, gave this interview nine months before he unexpectedly died on Valentine's Day, February 14, 1984.

Working in the World:

Objective & Subjective Morality

"Objective morality is established by life and by the commandments given to us by the Lord God Himself through His prophets, and it gradually becomes the basis for the formation in man of what is called conscience. And it is by this conscience that objective morality, in its turn, is maintained. Objective morality never changes, it can only broaden in the course of time. As for subjective morality, it is invented by man and is therefore a relative conception, differing for different people and different places and depending upon the particular understanding of good and evil prevailing in the given period." —Bogachevsky

Book Reviews:

Notes of Jane Heap, The Work Life by Beryl Pogson & Serpent-Handling Believers by Thomas Burton

Notes of Jane Heap is not a book on the teaching, but the notes of a dedicated student's experience with the Work. The Work Life by Beryl Pogson, a pupil of Maurice Nicoll, gives some interesting perspectives and material from what might be called the Ouspensky-Nicoll line of the Work. The intensity, total commitment and self-sacrifice of the serpent handlers in Thomas Burton's Serpent-Handling Believers reminds one of the Early Christians or even of the Yezidis, themselves snake handlers, or the Ahl-i Haqq, People of the Truth, who handle hot coals.



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