Tuesday, 12 July 2016

P. D. Ouspensky - Weird War 1 Okhrana agent and explorer of the 4th dimension

P. D. Ouspensky

“Everything is All”

Pyotr Demianovich Ouspenskii 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.

Ouspensky was born in Moscow in 1878. In 1890, he was studying at the Second Moscow Gymnasium, a government school attended by boys from 10 to 18. At the age of 16, he was expelled from school for painting graffiti on the wall in plain sight of a visiting inspector; thereafter, he would be more or less on his own.  In 1906, he was working in the editorial office of the Moscow daily paper The Morning. In 1907 he discovered Theosophy. In the autumn of 1913, age 35, before the beginning of World War I, he journeyed to the East in search of the miraculous, visited Theosophists in Adyar but was forced to return to Moscow after the beginning of the Great War. There he met George Gurdjieff and married Sophie Grigorievna Maximenko. He had a mistress by the name of Anna Ilinishna Butkovsky.

His first book, The Fourth Dimension, appeared in 1909; his second book, Tertium Organum, in 1912. A New Model of the Universe, as explained by Ouspensky in the foreword of the second edition, was written and published as articles by 1914, updated to include "recent developments in physics" and republished as a book in Russian in 1917.  He has worked for the Okhrana as an agent on a number of occasions, investigating strange stories and accounts from soldiers and civilians alike.   Ouspensky has resisted the mesmeric control of Rasputin due to his own esoteric practices and knowledge, and is to some extent aware of the plans of the mad Monk.  He knows that he has been marked as a dissenter and plans to return to the East as soon as he can.

Attributes: Agility d6, Smarts d12, Spirit d10, Strength d6, Vigor d6
Skills: Fighting d4, Knowledge (Mathematics) d12, Knowledge (Occult) d12, Notice d12, Shooting d4

Cha: 0; Pace: 6; Parry: 5; Toughness: 6; Sanity: 7

Hindrances: Curious

Edges: Jack of all trades, Arcane exposure, College boy

Gear: Notebooks

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