P.D. Ouspensky

A Quote by P.D. Ouspensky on tao

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"What is the best way to look for one´s chief feature?" someone asked. Simply see yourself. I do not know how to explain it better. It is possible one may find something -- chief feature of the moment. It is imaginary personality; this is the chief feature for everybody.
"Can one alter one´s chief feature?" asked someone else. First it is necessary to know it. If you know it, much will depend on the quality of your knowing. If you know it well, then it is possible to change it.

P.D. Ouspensky

Source: Conscience: The Search for Truth, Pages: S. 72

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A Quote by P.D. Ouspensky on fourth way

The first way is the way of the Fakir. It is a long, difficult and uncertain way. A fakir works on the physical body, on conquering physical pain.

The second way is the way of the Monk. This way is shorter, more sure and definite. It requires certain conditions, but above all it requires faith, for if there is no faith a man cannot be a true monk.

The third way is the way of the Yogi, the way of knowledge and consciousness .... When we speak of yogis we really take only Jnana-Yoga and Raja-Yoga. Jnana-Yoga is the yoga of knowledge, of a new way of thinking. It teaches to think in different categories, not in categories of space and time and of causality. And Raja-Yoga is work on being, on consciousness.

Although in many respects these ways are very efficient, the characteristic thing about them is that the first step is the most difficult. From the very first moment you have to give up everything and do what you are told. If you keep one little thing, you cannot follow any of these ways. So, although the three ways are good in many other respects, they are not sufficiently elastic.

....Then in the Fourth Way the first principle is that man must not believe in anything; he must learn; so faith does not enter into the Fourth Way. One must not believe what one hears or what one is advised, one must find proofs for everything. If one is convinced that something is true, then one can believe it, but not before. [pp.97-98]

P.D. Ouspensky

Source: The Fourth Way (Vintage)

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A Quote by P.D. Ouspensky on ouspensky, gurdjieff, and fourth way

Two things can get people to make efforts: if people want to get something, or if they want to get rid of something. Only, in ordinary conditions, without knowledge, people do not know what they can get rid of or what they can gain.

P.D. Ouspensky

Source: The Fourth Way (Vintage), Pages: 318

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A Quote by P.D. Ouspensky on nature, motivation, creativity, and diversity

In all living nature (and perhaps also in that which we consider as dead) love is the motive force which drives the creative activity in the most diverse directions.

P.D. Ouspensky

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A Quote by P.D. Ouspensky on horror, knowing, becoming, one ouspensky, and gurdjieff

When a man begins to know himself a little he will see in himself many things that are bound to horrify him. So long as a man is not horrified at himself he knows nothing about himself.

P.D. Ouspensky

Source: In Search of the Miraculous: Fragments of an Unknown Teaching (Harvest Book)

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A Quote by P.D. Ouspensky on search, miraculous, live, and ouspensky

I felt that on a basis of a "search for the miraculous" it would be possible to unite together a very large number of people who were no longer able to swallow the customary forms of lying and living in lying.

P.D. Ouspensky

Source: In Search of the Miraculous: Fragments of an Unknown Teaching (Harvest Book), Pages: 76

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A Quote by P.D. Ouspensky on beginning, life, and meaning

It is only when we realize that life is taking us nowhere that it begins to have meaning.

P.D. Ouspensky

Contributed by: Zaady

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