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A commissioned officer of the Imperial Russian Naval Academy Mouravieff rose through the ranks, in particular from to when he served aboard the Russian cruiser Aurora. Aurora won fame in , giving the signal for the start of the Bolshevik Revolution. Promoted to lieutenant commander in , he commanded a flotilla of fast torpedo boats of which he had been the designer and the promoter. In March at the age of 27, he was promoted to frigate captain, before being appointed Principal Private Secretary to Alexander Kerensky in the first provisional government, led by Prince Georgy Lvov.
Following this he was appointed deputy chief of staff of the Black Sea fleet by Kerensky, who in turn became head of the Russian government until his overthrow by the Bolsheviks during the October Revolution of Shortly after the signing of Treaty of Brest-Litovsk , in , he left the military but remained in Crimea to devote himself to business interests, archaeological work as well as esoteric and historical research.
At the end of , Mouravieff left Russia for Constantinople and in he moved again to Bulgaria until Since his youth, Mouravieff had been interested in the esoteric tradition of the Eastern Orthodox Church. Mouravieff , his great-uncle who died in and a founder of the Skete of Saint Andrew , one of the great Orthodox monasteries of Mount Athos.
The latter had undertaken research in Egypt , Armenia , Kurdistan and even Persia to find traces of this tradition and manuscripts from the first centuries of our Common Era. Ouspensky and became acquainted with Gurdjieff , whom he had contact with in later years both at Fontainebleau and in Paris. Mouravieff and Ouspensky became close friends and worked together either in Paris or London for many years most notably on the manuscript of In Search of the Miraculous.
Mouravieff detailed the nature of his relationship with both Ouspensky and Gurdjieff in an article published by Synthese in entitled Ouspensky, Gurdjieff and the Fragments of an Unknown Teaching . In France Edit Mouravieff arrived in France as a refugee in He lived first in Paris, then moved to Bordeaux.
Larissa was a ballerina and had a child from her first marriage, Boris Vsevolod Volkoff, born in in Neuilly. Boris Mouravieff married her in and all three moved to Paris the same year.
Up until Mouravieff worked as a consulting engineer for various oil companies, while devoting his free time to historical research, as well as to the esoteric tradition of Eastern Orthodoxy.
Since , Mouravieff had pursued his research into the political and diplomatic history of Russia, and in particular to Pierre the Great , which gave rise to a number of articles and books. Refusing to collaborate with the Germans, he was arrested in early by the Gestapo , interned in Annemasse , then released under surveillance  .
Switzerland Edit At this point resistance fighters of the French Gendarmerie in the department organised his flight and that of his family on March 9, for Switzerland. Received as refugees, Boris and Larissa Mouravieff are first assigned to residence in a refugee camp in Randa in Valais.
At the end of the war, they were allowed to settle in Geneva in an establishment called "Home for intellectual refugees", while waiting to occupy an apartment in town. Boris Mouravieff is 55 years old.
He has to start from scratch again. His material situation is precarious: he hardly earns his living by means of lessons and industrial translations. Around the same time, his wife opened the "Larissa Mouravieff Classical Dance School", which she ran for a quarter of a century. At the beginning, Boris Mouravieff participated by accompanying the lessons, on the piano. During this period, he undertook work to formalize the esoteric Christian tradition of Eastern Orthodoxy.
He initially planned to present this doctrine in romantic form unfinished manuscript: "Initiation - The life and dreams of Boris Kouratov"  . Teaching Edit In April , Boris Mouravieff becomes privat-docent at University of Geneva where he gives two courses until , one concerning the history of Russia before and the other esoteric philosophy.
This last course will be entitled precisely: "Introduction to esoteric philosophy according to the esoteric tradition of Eastern Orthodoxy". It will regularly bring together between ten and thirty students. The introductory speech of the academic year on the theme of "The Problem of the New Man" will be published by the journal "Syntheses".
Other articles will follow this first publication. A rigorous and concrete spirit, Boris Mouravieff presents and comments, through this work, the esoteric tradition of Eastern Orthodoxy in a language that is clear and accessible to a cultivated person of our time.
The main goal assigned to the C. These groups, formed under the aegis of the C. Within the framework of the C. Visits will support the activity of certain groups such as Paris, Lille or Brussels. To inform the groups and coordinate their work, "Information Bulletins" are periodically published by the C.
The development of the activity of the C. With these Stromates, grouped under the general title of "The Art of Winning", Boris Mouravieff embarks on a vast and ambitious project. The first chapter appeared in Two other chapters were published posthumously. In March , already, a heart attack imposed him a short rest in Cannes.
In June , he was struck down by a crisis of rheumatoid arthritis accompanied by severe pain which forced him to live in bed. Boris Mouravieff died in Geneva of a heart attack on September 28, , at 8. He rests at Saint-Georges cemetery , in Geneva . The C. Posterity Edit His widow, Larissa Mouravieff published chapters 2 and 3 of the first "Stromate" in and She watches over the archives of the Center and, in , has them deposited at the Public and University Library of Geneva before leaving for Canada to join her son.
When the latter died, in March , the remaining archives were handed over to the Library of Geneva BGE, department of manuscripts , where a Mouravieff collection had been set up, which could be consulted by researchers who request it. La Monarchie Russe, Payot, Paris, Christian Bouchet , Gurdjieff, coll. Brill, , t. Henry Normand, Symboles universels et traditions vivantes, Les grandes voies initiatiques, Paris, Editions Geuthner,
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Though he never joined the Work, forever remaining on its periphery, gleaning here and there what information he could, criticizing and casting doubt, Mouravieff was never quite able to get Gurdjieff and the teaching out of his system. However, there was a glaring problem. Eastern Orthodox Christianity was mystical and monastic. The Fourth Way was scientific and rooted in ordinary life. Given this, it would be well to examine Mouravieff and the phenomenon he represents. And so when Ouspensky broke with Gurdjieff in and asked Mouravieff to help with the translation and editing of his book, then titled Fragments of an Unknown Teaching, he gladly agreed. Thereafter, Ouspensky and Mouravieff exchanged many letters on the teaching and whenever Ouspensky visited Paris the two often had dinner together.