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ISBN: 187951480X
Author: William Patrick Patterson,Barbara C. Allen
Language: English
Publisher: Arete Communications (September 1996)
Pages: 249
Category: Religious Studies
Subcategory: Religion
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Book by Patterson, William Patrick. This is a chronicle of the teacher-student relationship between G. I. Gurdjieff and his three most prominent students, set against the background of some of the most turbulent history of the past century. Using a simple journal style, the author draws on a variety of sources to relay a timeline history of Mr. Gurdjieff's many attempts bring the Fourth Way to the West and his relationships with P. D. Uspenskii, John Bennett and A. R. Orage. Gurdjieff first meets P. Uspenskii in 1915, while teaching in Russia.

He is also the iter of the award-winning DVD documentary video trilogy "The Life & Significance of G. Gurdjieff. He has just released a teaching DVD: "From Selves, to Individual Self, to The Self. Mr. Patterson was a direct and longtime student of John Pentland, the remarkable man Gurdjieff chose to lead the Work in America. He gives four public seminars a year. See: Gurdjieff-Legacy.

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Struggle of the Magicians: Exploring the Teacher-Student Relationship. Of all relationships that between teacher and student is the most mysterious, most rewarding. That between Gurdjieff and Uspenskii, two of the seminal spiritual figures of the twentieth century, was titanic, archetypal. In his new book, William Patrick Patterson takes the question of why Ouspensky left Gurdjieff by the horns and offers one answer: Ouspensky left because he couldn't hack it. We can appreciate Patterson's Dos Passosesque presentation of the Gurdjieff-Ouspensky history without agreeing with his conclusions.

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This is a chronicle of the teacher-student relationship between G. I. Gurdjieff and his three most prominent students, set against the background of some of the most turbulent history of the past century. Using a simple journal style, the author draws on a variety of sources to relay a timeline history of Mr. Gurdjieff's many attempts bring the Fourth Way to the West and his relationships with P. D. Uspenskii, John Bennett and A. R. Orage.
Gurdjieff first meets P. D. Uspenskii in 1915, while teaching in Russia. After years of travel and study in the Middle East and Asia Minor, he has uncovered an ancient teaching and he has come to Moscow and Petrograd on a mission to make this teaching accessible to the West. Uspenskii seems to be the man Gurdjieff is looking for -- ideally suited to assist him in setting up his Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man. A writer and lecturer on the occult and theosophy, Uspenskii can easily capture the attention of his listeners and he has a massive intellect, well able to take in the breadth of Gurdjieff's ideas and cosmology. For Uspenskii, Gurdjieff holds the key to understanding and gathering together the many threads of the different eastern ideas that he has been pursuing. But Uspenskii has trouble placing himself in the role of a student and in accepting Gurdjieff's authority. Here we see the archetypal struggle between master and disciple - first acceptance, but then resistance and a rebellion that destroys the trust so necessary for the student's development. The revolution and the World War drives Gurdjieff and Uspenskii out of Russia to Essentuki, Constantinople, and eventually to Europe after the war. We see Uspenskii more and more keeping his distance, but using Gurdjieff's teaching to set up his own groups. He ends up in England while Gurdjieff settles in France to finally open his Institute at Fontainebleau.
We get glimpses of John Bennett, who first meets Gurdjieff in Constantinople in 1920 and he appears later in France. Like Uspenskii, he has an unusual ability to take in the ideas of Gurdjieff and pass them on to others. And, like Uspenskii, when given the chance to take on a major role assisting Gurdjieff in France, he declines, avoiding the demands for genuine work that Gurdjieff would put on him.
We also meet A. R. Orage, a well known English literary critic and founder of the very influential journal, The New Age. Approaching middle age, Orage throws himself into the work at the Institute, soaks up the teaching so well that Gurdjieff sends him to America to start groups there. He is faithful to this task until he meets his own inner resistance as it manifests in his 1927 marriage to a much younger woman, Jesse Dwight, who has little interest in Gurdjieff's work and is determined to keep Orage away from it.
These men were giants among Gurdjieff's students and contributed greatly to introducing his ideas to the West. But at a critical moment each could not make the inner commitment so necessary for his own growth and transformation. Mr. Patterson gives them much credit for their struggle and presents their difficulty as an inherent part of a real teaching.
This book presents the first clear picture of what has often been a confusing history. Mr. Patterson structures the book so as to relay the story from a "neutral" place, allowing the reader to judge for himself, and saving his own observations and insights for the footnotes and essays which come at the end of the volume. He is respectful of the inner struggles made by these men and uses their work to illuminate the same struggles facing every student pursuing the Fourth Way. An excellent book, and a unique one in the literature on Gurdjieff.
Frdi
The subject of Mr. Patterson's book is almost unexplored in Spiritual literature. The relationship between the Teacher/Master and the seeker/student is like no other social interaction in life. Can the ordinary man fully appreciate the nature of such a relationship without having a similar experience himself? I think not. Thanks to Mr. Patterson, the reader gets an improved understanding and greater insight into the difficulties involved in treading the spiritual path. Mythologies are filled with fantastic adventures and dangerous struggles which await the hero. This book shades light on the inner psychological struggles which characterized the relationship between master and seeker.
So many "new age books" written today are full of advice on "ways to reach higher consciousness or what is referred to as Enlightenment. Some writers on the subject suggest breathing exercises, mantras or meditation technique one can do it on their own. However, Mr. Patterson's Struggle of Magicians puts to rest that notion by detailing the personal suffering which was Mr. Uspenski's voluntary but perhaps necessary lot. Suffering which has its seat in the rational mind, in formatory thinking and self love.
According to Mr. Uspenski himself it is the only thing man will not give up. Mr. Patterson spells out the price Mr. Uspenski undoubtedly had to pay to understand such a truth.
One get the feeling reading this book that perhaps the most essential variable in ones personal search for truth is the struggle that takes place between the student and the teacher. We do not easily submit our will to another. Most informed Gurdjieff readers will agree, Mr. Gurdjieff embodied the truth and Mr. Uspenski was the student. Mr. Patterson seems to support that position.
It was abundantly clear while reading this book Mr. Gurdjieff was and perhaps still is the Master Magician. But who or what was the other Magician was unclear at the outset. As I read the book the answer was revealed. The other Magician was none other than Mr. Uspenski's ego. A very powerful ego, prepared to defend itself by whatever means necessary to the very end. Accordingly, as we all know, Mr. Uspenski leaves Mr. Gurdjieff and justifying his actions begins an independent line.
One gains increased appreciation for Mr. Gurdjieff's patient mastery of the human psyche and his firm insistence on uncompromising work conditions. How many men were capable of sitting at Mr. Gurdjieff's table? Struggle of the Magician shades light on why it must have been so difficult.
Mr. Patterson's Struggle of the Magicians seems to be making a case for a necessary prerequisite if one is to make progress on the Spiritual Journey. A teacher is required. We are all familiar with the proverb, "When the student is ready the teacher will appear". Uspenski was a seeker of truth of the highest order. He was well educated, extensively traveled and had profound insights into life at a rather early age.
Obviously, Mr. Patterson has researched the personal histories, documents and related literature extensively and shades light on the tumultuous, often confrontative, and stressful relation that played out between these two giants.
Today there seems to be among Gurdjieff / Uspenski readers some disagreement as to who was the teacher and who the student. Some feel it was Gurdjieff, others followed Uspenski, some don't ask the question and simply glean from both sources. The book is a valuable source of information for those who desire more information on the subject.

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