Vol. VI. No. 5.

Gurdjieff International Review

A. R. Orage Memorial Number


A Review of Public Affairs, Literature and the Arts

Vol. VI. No. 5.—Thursday, November 15, 1934—SIXPENCE

Orage: Memories—George W. Russell (Æ)
Orage: Memories—T. S. Eliot
Mr. Richard Aldington
Mr. A. J. Penty
Mr. Will Dyson
Mr. Holbrook Jackson
Mr. J. S. Collis

As I came to more intimacy with his mind I found that his best wisdom had never been printed. …he had a lamp within him which could illuminate the darkness. Almost everywhere I explored in his mind I found the long corridors lit.

Æ (George W. Russell)

I first met the mind of Orage in the notes he wrote weekly in the New Age two or three years before the war. I had found a number of that journal, unheard of by me before, and I had hardly read more than a page when I began to feel an intellectual excitement. Here indeed was a swordsman of the mind. I forget now what bubbles they were he was pricking with such glittering persistence. What interested me was the quality of the intellectual passion which inspired him. It had its roots in more profound motives than the emptiness of the bubbles that were blown. I divined the idealist speaking from depths of thought and feeling which are rare in journalism. When I met him I found what I surmised of him was true. The roots of his culture were in antiquity, in the wisdom of sages of the Kapila, Vyassa or Patunjali, a wisdom which though dated thousands of years ago is still as many thousands of years perhaps in advance of contemporary thought. The study of these had given age to his thought, and the habit of seeing everything in relation to the profundities of being they spoke of. Yet this did not make of him a man out of place in his time, uttering thoughts that others could not understand. With the surface mind he could be as modern as anyone, and I do not know of any contemporary journalist who could so swiftly penetrate to what was essential in a policy, its emptiness or its fullness.…

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