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Book Title: Talks with a Devil|
The author of the book: P.D. Ouspensky
Edition: Weiser Books
Date of issue: March 1st 2000
ISBN 13: 9781578631643
Format files: PDF
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Two allegorical tales by Ouspensky that are based on Eastern European and Sri Lankan folk tales about the devil. The underlying theme is the devil as a stand-in for materialism, keeping us connected to the external world and fearing our escape from it to the path of spirit and the inner world.
The first tale, "The Inventor" follows a man who knows there is more to this world than the mundane, yet he chooses to try to escape it by making a lot of money and the devil is by his side (unbeknownst to him) the entire time. His invention has disastrous consequences to the world which he somehow loses sight of.
The second tale was based on Ouspensky's travels in Ceylon (Sri Lanka)and is a dialogue between the narrator and a devil in which the devil explains and then shows him what he and his kin do in order to keep people connected to matter. There is a very interesting re-telling of the story of Adam and Eve included for anyone that is interested in exploring a deeper look at its meaning.
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Read information about the authorPyotr Demianovich Ouspenskii (known in English as Peter D. Ouspensky, Пётр Демья́нович Успе́нский; was a Russian mathematician and esotericist known for his expositions of the early work of the Greek-Armenian teacher of esoteric doctrine George Gurdjieff, whom he met in Moscow in 1915. He was associated with the ideas and practices originating with Gurdjieff from then on. He shared the (Gurdjieff) "system" for 25 years in England and the United States, having separated from Gurdjieff in 1924 personally, for reasons he explains in the last chapter of his book In Search of the Miraculous.
All in all, Ouspensky studied the Gurdjieff system directly under Gurdjieff's own supervision for a period of ten years, from 1915 to 1924. His book In Search of the Miraculous is a recounting of what he learned from Gurdjieff during those years. While lecturing in London in 1924, he announced that he would continue independently the way he had begun in 1921. Some, including his close pupil Rodney Collin, say that he finally gave up the system in 1947, just before his death, but his own recorded words on the subject ("A Record of Meetings", published posthumously) do not clearly endorse this judgement, nor does Ouspensky's emphasis on "you must make a new beginning" after confessing "I've left the system".
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