A New Model of the Universe – P.D. Ouspensky
This book is of encyclopaedic character and covers a wide range of subjects. It includes the idea of Esotericism; the problem of Superman; hints on the study of the New Testament; the Symbolism of the Tarot and systems of Yoga; the Fourth Dimension; the examination of the recent ideas of New Physics in the light of the author’s system; Rela-tivity; problems of Space and Time; the author’s Model of the Universe; three-dimensional Time; the Fifth and the Sixth Dimensions.
In connection with the latest psychological theories, a study of dreams and a sketch on hypnotism and suggestion are included; while an important section is devoted to ‘Experimental Mysticism’, describing specially induced higher states of consciousness, which establish the illusionary character of the phenomena of mediumship, so-called clairvoyance, trance states, and communication with the dead. There follows the author’s impressions of the Sphinx, the Pyramids, the Taj Mahal. His views on the Gothic cathedrals and their builders are highly significant.
Another section deals with the idea of recurrence of Time, an idea expounded by Pythagoras and Buddha, and here connected with mathematical explanations. The last chapter considers the sex problem from an entirely new standpoint, namely, sex in its relation to the evolution of Man towards Superman.
The Author P. D. Ouspensky was born in Moscow in 1878. His first book, The Fourth Dimension (1909), offered a contribution to mathematical theory; it was Tertium Organum (1912) and A New Model of the Universe (written 1914) which revealed his stature as a thinker and his deep preoccupation with the problems of man’s existence. His meeting with Gurdjieff (1915) marked a turning point in his lift. His interest from this time centred on the practical study of methods for development of consciousness in man. It is to these that In Search of the Miraculous and The Psychology of Man’s Possible Evolution (both published after his death in 1947) as well as The Fourth Way, refer.