On a mountainside in Northen California there lived, until his death in the fall of 1987, a man who had something urgent to say to every person pursuing the inner-transformational path.
Robert S. de Roop, born on February 1, 1913, was a household name among the "counterculture" of the sixties.
His academic training was in bio-chemistry.
His professional life included a stay at the Rockefeller Institute as a visiting investigator. His research was centered on cancer, mental illness, and drugs that affect behavior.
His avocational interests grew from his being strongly influenced by his two teachers, first Ouspensky and later Gurdjieff. Among his most influential books concerning spiritual development are: The Master Game and Warrior's Way. The first of these stands as his report on what he has learned from his teachers and from the writings of similar figures as well as more main-stream psychologists, psychiatrists, and researchers into fields such as religion and the spiritual life. The second was written near the end of his life and in a very personal way gives his evaluation of the characters and contributions of Gurdjieff, Ouspensky, Madame Ouspensky, and other major figures in the field of teaching those engaged in spiritual quests. He spares neither the false gurus nor the merely pompous, while expressing genuine gratitude for those whose efforts he believes have enriched human life.