Booknotes: Three Dangerous Magi
Three Dangerous Magi, The: Osho, Gurdjieff, Crowley Paperback
by P. T. Mistlberger
I just came across this book and am in the process of reading it. I think we have stumbled on the problem sannyasins are going to have in the future with Osho’s teaching. This book cavalierly created a triad of three very different things, and persons. I can’t see any problem with someone who wants to provide information often lacking in New Age circles, but here we see the emerging problem with many New Age groups: people are starting to create impossible combinations of things that don’t add up to anything.
Here the author’s enthusiasm misses the point that Osho, Crowley and Gurdjieff are completely different ‘paths’ or perspectives. Combining them won’t work.
Osho was an enlightened ‘buddha’ who passed beyond the cycle of births. He proposes a clear path to Enlightenment in the context of the Indian tradition.
Crowley is in the end obscure: his practices I strongly suspect (based on rumors of his rebirth as a ‘sufi’ somewho) led nowhere and he was promptly subject to rebirth and amnesia as to his previous works.
Gurdjieff was a self-described ‘devil’ who was not enlightened but a party to the obscure sufi ‘awakening of consciousness’, or something analogous, in the context of the obscurities of the ‘will’ paths, very different from the paths of enlightenment. Gurdjieff seems to have a way of ‘soul rebirth, yet with something on /permanent aim/’, the logic of his tale of the trips of Beelzebub to the planet earth (rebirths).
Gurdjieff whoever he was was a dangerous black magician, not to be trusted, and likely to enslave his students and to use some cannibal-style as food. I see absolutely no progress in consciousness in any of his students, and suspect that some are destined to be ‘food for the cannibals of the work’. But then how would I know, I haven’t met all that many. His students if they are lucky may stumble into some real sufi zone, but most will have to start over with something they can use. They can also end up as ‘forever drones’ of the magus, destined to spiritual slavery as robots of the master. A terrible fate.
When you enter a spiritual path, read the fine print.
How are you going to create a hybrid of these three things? In fairness to the author he has researched a set of issues and provided some facts, and has stumbled on what is going to be the situation suffered by Osho’s sannyasins, hybrid of messes of pottage. Osho warned of this chaos.This writer’s ‘authorial sympathy’ is not necessarily the stance to take with these thinkers. Crowley is a REALLY BAD person to imitate. His ‘path’ or ‘paths’ are obscure in their provenance and depend on the still misunderstood legacies of ‘Rosicrucian/Freemason’ gosh knows what. These ‘paths’ have NEVER received any clear and reliable historical documentation. And the drivel of the psycopaths in these fields resembles that of the secret agencies of political spy worlds.
The author seems to see the influence of Gurdjieff on Osho. We have discussed this here many times. An Indian on the lineage of Buddha with all its riches influenced by Gurdjieff’s superficial methods of ‘meditation in action’? I doubt it. I think that Osho saw through Gurdjieff in the end, and moved away from him. But, whatever the case, the path in Gurdjieff is not clear and many reread Ouspensky dozens of times, without a single hour of meditation. It is a pitiful situation.
In any case, the path of the ‘Magi’ is not that of Osho, and these Magi are historically obscure, and aren’t really the same as the ‘magus’ in Crowley’s cult/occult cult.
Trying to these three things at once is going to produce chaos.