Who is Wei Wu Wei (Terence James Stannus Gray)?June 26, 2021
Taoist philosopher and writer, real name Terence James Stannus Gray (14 September 1895 – 5 January 1986). He used the pseudonym Wei Wu Wei in his works.
Between 1958 and 1974, the pen name “Wei Wu Wei” was used as the author’s signature in eight books and articles in various periodicals. The pseudonym derives from the Taoist term Wu wei, roughly translated as inertia. The identity of the author was kept secret for a long time, but in the end it was revealed that the author was Terence Gray.
Terence James Stannus Gray was born on September 14, 1895 in Felixstowe, England. He is the son of a well-known Irish family. He was educated at Ascham St Vincent’s School, Eastbourne, Eton and Oxford University. He first became interested in Egyptology and in 1923 wrote two books on Egyptian history and culture. In the 1920s and 1930s he was interested in the art of drama and theater production in Britain, publishing several magazines and two books on the subject. One of the horses that his family raised, who was interested in horse racing in England, won the Ascot Gold Cup. After losing his interest in theater, he turned to philosophy and metaphysics. This interest encouraged him to travel to Asia. During his travels, he met Ramana Maharshi in India. He spent the last years of his life with his wife, Natasha Imeretinsky, in Monaco. He is the Lama Anagarika Govinda, Dr. Hubert Benoit, John Blofeld, Douglas Harding, Robert Linssen, Arthur Osborne, Robert Powell and Dr. It is assumed that she met with D. T. Suzuki. He died in 1986 at the age of 90.
Although the influence of Wei Wu Wei was not widespread among the public, it was quite intense on those who knew him personally and those with whom he corresponded. Among them are the British mathematicians and writers G. Spencer-Brown and Galen Sharp, and the Indian thinker Ramesh Balsekar, who has read his works.
It is understood from his writings that he had a deep knowledge of Eastern and Western philosophy and metaphysics and the esoteric teachings of all major religions.