Summary: Return from India. The war and the "search for the miraculous." Old thoughts. The question of schools. Plans for further travels. The East and Europe. A notice in a Moscow newspaper. Lectures on India. The meeting with G. A "distinguished man." The first talk, G.' s opinion on schools. G.' s group. "Glimpses of Truth." Further meetings and talks. The organization of G.' s Moscow group The question of payment and of means for the work. The question of secrecy and of the obligations accepted by the pupils. A talk about the East. "Philosophy," "theory," and "practice." How was the system found? G's ideas. "Man is a machine" governed by external influences Everything "happens." Nobody "does" anything In order "to do" it is necessary "to be." A man is responsible for his actions, a machine is not responsible. Is psychology necessary for the study of machines? The promise of "facts." Can wars be stopped? A talk about the planets and the moon as living beings. The "intelligence" of the sun and the earth. "Subjective" and "objective" art.
Summary: Petersburg in 1915 G. in Petersburg. A talk about groups. Reference to "esoteric" work "Prison" and "Escape from prison." What is necessary for this escape? Who can help and how? Beginning of meetings in Petersburg. A question on reincarnation and future life. How can immortality be attained? Struggle between "yes" and "no." Crystallization on a right, and on a wrong, foundation. Necessity of sacrifice. Talks with G and observations. A sale of carpets and talks about carpets. What G. said about himself. Question about ancient knowledge and why it is hidden. G's reply. Knowledge is not hidden. The materiality of knowledge and man's refusal of the knowledge given to him. A question on immortality. The "four bodies of man." Example of the retort filled with metallic powders. The way of the fakir, the way of the monk, and the way of the yogi The "fourth way." Do civilization and culture exist?