The Study Society
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About the Event
Various spiritual events are offered, some free, some charged.
What we do.
The Study Society is a place where you can find rest and refreshment amidst the hustle and bustle of city life. We offer a range of practical ways to help further self knowledge, inner peace, and spiritual growth.
Since its formation in 1951 The Study Society has sought to help people to understand the nature of their true identity. Understanding the ‘Self’ and ‘Self remembering’ as it was originally called have always been at the heart of its teachings.The Society was originally set up as a "School of the Fourth Way” by Dr. Francis Roles to continue work of his mentor the Russian philosopher Ouspensky.
The Fourth Way was inspired by the Greek/Armenian philosopher, mystic, and composer Gurdjieff. The Movements are a series of sacred dances taught as part of the work of self study. The Movements continue to be taught by the Society to this day.
The Society was one of the first organisations to introduce the study of the non-dualistic tradition of Indian philosophy by spreading both the knowledge and practise of Advaita (‘not-two’) meditation as taught by HH Shantanand Saraswati to the West in 1961. Non-dualism lies behind many of the world’s major religions and mystical traditions.
In 1963 the Society became one of the very few communities ever authorised to teach the Sufi Mevlevi whirling dance ‘turning’ tradition (devised by Jalaluddin Rumi in the C13th) outside of Turkey. The purpose of turning is to access inner stillness and opening of the heart which leads to deep inner happiness.
These sacred lineages and practises have been taught at Colet house for over 60 years. They continue to be enhanced by the discovery of new, contemporary teachings across philosophy, science, dance, somatic practise and the arts.
What is the Study Society all about?
The Study Society is an educational charity which exists to help educate society on the unity of consciousness through science, philosophy, the arts and the practice of non-dual and other spiritual traditions.
The teachings of the Study Society originated with the Fourth Way teachings of the Russian philosopher and spiritual teacher P.D. Ouspensky who with his followers bought the Study Society’s headquarters at Colet House, just before the Second World War.The Study Society, registered in 1951, further developed and integrated these teachings through Dr. Francis Roles, the successor of Ouspensky. Dr. Roles introduced the non-dual philosophy and mantra meditation introduced from 1960 after a direct connection with a leader of the ancient non-dual tradition in India, HH Shantanand Saraswati (1913-1997).
A feeling of “coming home”
‘The meditation and the knowledge imparted over the years have vastly influenced my life. The Society has a feeling of “coming home”….the spiritual food that I have been given over the years has given me guidance, rest and contentment….’