ONE of the American reviewers of the first edition of the “New Model of the. Universe” remarks that two ideas in this book presented particular difficulties for. Pyotr Demianovich Ouspenskii was a Russian esotericist known for his expositions of the early A New Model of the Universe, as explained by Ouspensky in the foreword of the second edition, was written and published as articles by Foremost occultist analyzes certain older schools of thought, of both East and West, connects them with modern ideas and explains them in the light of.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. A New Model of the Universe by P. Ouspensky — was one of the most important and influential figures in the occult movements of the twentieth century. With such books as The Fourth Dimension incorporated in this present volumeTertium OrganumIn Search of the Miraculousand The Psychology of Man’s Possible Evolutionhe earned a loyal following among those seeking a deeper knowledge of themselves and their lives, and of the meaning of human existence.
In the present book, Ouspensky analyzes certain older schools of thought, of both East and West, connects them with modern ideas and explains them in the light of twentieth-century discovery and speculations in physics and philosophy. In the process he explores relativity, the fourth dimension, Christian symbolism, the tarot, yoga, dreams, hypnotism, eternal recurrence, and various psychological theories.
The book closes with an examination of the role of sex in the evolution of man toward superman. Anyone interested in the occult, mysticism and the relationship of those elements to scientific developments in the modern world will find much to ponder in these stimulating, thought-provoking pages. Paperbackpages. Published July 14th by Dover Publications first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about A New Model of the Universeplease sign up. Be the first to ask a question about A New Model of the Universe. Lists with This Book. Sep 15, LeLe rated it it was amazing.
Never before have I encountered all these topics ouspensy theories omdel one publication. This is a fascinating read for someone whose interest is piqued by the metaphysical, theories of the universe, consciousness, and esoteric knowledge.
It’s like the Costco of New Age ideas, all under one cover, ouspennsky for subjects and explanations that were crafted as long ago as the s pre-InternetOuspensky is adequately able to convey his ideas through practical examples in an especially relevant, post-modern Never before have I encountered all these topics and theories in one publication. It’s like the Costco of New Age ideas, all under one cover, and for subjects and explanations that were crafted as long ago as the s pre-InternetOuspensky is adequately able to convey his ideas through practical examples in an especially relevant, post-modern way.
I’m not sure I particularly agreed with his theory of what could be now termed “intelligent design” instead of evolution, or his discussion of the Hindu caste system as jniverse basis for all humankind, but overall I was intrigued by his theories and diagrams, and curious to read more.
thw May 11, Tucker added s. This attracted me in a bookstore when I was about It stayed on my shelf, unread, for over a decade, as I’d been intimidated by its sheer length and had assumed it would present either an elaborate system to be analyzed or a magic to be practiced. Instead, it’s a much more manageable collection of odd opinions. Writing in the early 20th century, Ouspensky talks about the Gospels and Tarot, geometry and relativity, and opines on magic, dreams, contemplation, reincarnation, and time.
He doesn’t This attracted me in a bookstore when I was about He doesn’t see how modern human ancestry can include both lower primates and higher ancient civilizations. Univerde cultures remember “the good old days”; thus, these better times really existed, and this is proof that cultures only degenerate.
Individuals, not cultures, may enjoy positive evolution. This is the “inner circle” of humanity that devotes itself to learning esoteric knowledge.
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Unfortunately, this core group can’t do anything to improve the lot of other people, except open the thd to their esoteric study. Animals allegedly lack humans’ adaptive capability. Ouspensky devotes several pages to claiming that there were once large ants and bees because some ancient writers mentioned them in stories but they weren’t spiritual enough so they have since been downgraded to little insects that serve only their collective.
He trots out the old watchmaker argument against Darwin I am not confident he understands Einstein either. His reflections on time are interesting, combining the Eternal Now and the Eternal Recurrence. He defines magic — of the sort that produces real, not illusory, results — as “intensified doing and concrete knowing” p. There’s stuff about how the fourth dimension is in the space between atoms p.
There’s weird support for the caste system in India and opposition to various sexual attitudes. He relies heavily on feelings and perceived revelations, so this is more of a “personal truth” testimony than a fact-based examination. Jul 17, Lisa rated it really moedl it Recommends it for: Recommended to Lisa by: Dense material, more like a reference book; not for ‘beginners’ to such material.
Lovely chapter near the end of the book describing his travels to Egypt, India, Ceylon– it will put you right there, in his shoes! For all his intellectual writing in earlier chapters of the book, this one chapter is something that could have ouepensky any adventure tale or Indiana Jones outing.
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Very vivid descriptions indeed. His other material is very thought-provoking. One need not read with the idea of “buying i Dense material, more like a reference book; not for ‘beginners’ to such material. One need not read with the idea of “buying into” anything This book contained some really stimulating ideas, especially considering the time period in which is was written Deep thinker would describe Ouspensky for me.
Apr 19, Gregory rated it it was amazing.
This is a great book well worth reading, parts get a little tricky but it is very useful to expand your understanding of what and thinking is, Ouspensky has a sorta sort of friendly, “in the room talking with you or to you” style of writing I really enjoyed this book, started to reread a second time.
This book is a rare combination of relativistic physics, ancient Eastern teachings, esoteric teachings of Jesus Christ in the Holy Gospels, the fourth, fifth and sixth dimension, time and space, the eternal return, tarot, yoga.
All this combination of issues in an attempt mdoel unify under a new model of the universe that provides a unifying view of reality. After reading this book, you will no longer see reality as before, you will see it in a different way, if you really caught the essence of Ou This book is a rare combination of ouspensy physics, ancient Eastern teachings, esoteric teachings of Jesus Christ in the Holy Gospels, the fourth, fifth and sixth dimension, time and space, the eternal return, tarot, yoga.
After reading this book, you will no longer see reality as before, you will see it in a different way, if you really caught the essence of Ouspensky thought: Oct 30, Thorne added it. It’s wide open baby! Feb 26, Jed Thompson rated it liked it. I would love to be able to hear his thoughts on the last years. I’m not sure I’d recommend it if you weren’t already familiar with him and Gurdjieff. There’s a lot here and much of the scientific material is simply outdated but I wouldn’t tell you not to read it based on that alone.
This is not going to be easy to describe. From its title you could guess that it was some weirdo’s baseless pseudo-philosophical ramblings, and you wouldn’t be far off. Ouspensky does a near adequate job of folding in what was, at the time cutting-edge science into a spiritual soup, but you could by no means call it scientific, more like fantasies on a scientific theme.
Still, I would definitely recommend reading this for anyone interested in unusual ways of thinking, or anyone interested in w This is not nwe to be easy to describe. Still, I would definitely recommend modep this for anyone interested in unusual ways of thinking, or anyone interested in writing sci-fi or fantasy novels with uhiverse premises.
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He was associated with the ideas and practices originating with Gurdjieff from then on. He shared the Gurdjieff “system” for mew years in England and the United States, having separated from Gurdjieff in personally, for reasons he explains in the last chapter of his book In Search of the Miraculous.