Don’t Forget: P.D. Ouspensky’s Life of Self-remembering by Bob Hunter


Born in Russia in 1878, P. D. Ouspensky was one of the major esoteric thinkers of the twentieth century. Ouspensky had already travelled widely searching for esoteric knowledge, and was an expert on occult literature and the fourth dimension when he met G. I. Gurdjieff in 1915. The methods and ideas, both psychological and cosmological, that Gurdjieff gave Ouspensky exceeded anything he had previously encountered. Although he subsequently parted from Gurdjieff, Ouspensky never ceased to practise and teach the ideas of the system. Ouspensky’s books In Search of the Miraculous, The Psychology of Man’s Possible Evolution, and The Fourth Way are still the finest introductions to the Fourth Way.

Don’t Forget follows Ouspensky’s outer life as the revolutions and wars of the first half of the twentieth century force him from Russia to Constantinople to Paris, London and New York, in parallel with the development of his inner life and thought. Bob Hunter’s biography is the fullest and most detailed available, and contains previously unpublished material on the final phase of Ouspensky’s life.

Bob Hunter is the author of several books on the Fourth Way teachings, including The True Myth: Beryl Pogson’s Teaching on Gurdjieff’s All and Everything, Rogue Elephant: Transforming negative Emotions and A Pupil’s Postscript: Beryl Pogson Teaching the Fourth Way. With a foreword by Andrew Phillip Smith, author of The Gospel of Thomas: A New Version Based On the Inner Meaning, The Gospel of Philip: Annotated & Explained, and The Lost Sayings of Jesus: Annotated & Explained.