Vol. III: No. 8: Part Two

Gurdjieff International Review


A. R. Orage

A Symposium of Tributes from Americans

Vol. III No. 8: Part Two
December 15, 1934

Orage As Religious Man by Allan R. Brown
Orage As Teacher by Lawrence Morris
The Ideal Editor by Gorham Munson
The Renaissance Type by Carl Zigrosser
Obituary letter by Edna Kenton
Obituary letter by Elizabeth Delza

To Orage religion was a part of being, not a vestment on being. He could neither for himself nor for others be satisfied with realization in the place of actualization.

Orage As Religious Man

by Allan R. Brown

In the popular sense a religious man is a follower of a recognized religious creed. Such a man need not be religious at all. As they used to say in the mysteries, "The thyrsus bearers are many but the bacchics are few," that is, there are many formal adherents but only a few actually feel in themselves the presence of God. The truly religious man has somehow become aware that there is an ultimate purpose in the universe. He has lost his life and found it again in that larger purpose, which we may call divine.

In this functional sense Orage was a signal example of religious man. Jesus said, "Be ye perfect even as your father in heaven is perfect." This infinite and impossible ideal as he called it was the heart of religion for Orage. "Religion is the study and practice of perfection," he said. He never allowed subjective interests to swerve him from his devotion to this purpose, to the no small mystification and annoyance of some who could not comprehend. He thought, he wrote, he acted, not for himself, not for man, but for God. God, truth, righteousness, cosmic purpose, perfected normality,—each must use the term correspondent to his own understanding. Orage said God. He defined religion as the attempt to establish an ideal and conscious relation between man and God, thus distinguishing it from its most colorable imitations in the form of morality, neighborliness or humanitarianism.…

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