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Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson: All And Everything: 1st Series
With Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson, G. I. Gurdjieff intended to "destroy, mercilessly . . . the beliefs and views about everything existing in the world." This novel beautifully brings to life the visions of humanity for which Gurdjieff has become esteemed. Beelzebub, a man of worldly (and other-worldly) wisdom, shares with his grandson the anecdotes, personal philosophies, and lessons learned from his own life.The reader is given a detailed discussion of all matters physical, natural, and spiritual, from the creation of the cosmos to man's teleological purpose in the universe. This edition of Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson--the first single-volume paperback to appear in English--restores the original, authoritative translation.read more
G. I. Gurdjieff was born in 1887 in Alexandropol. After studying with spiritual masters in the Near East and Asia, he founded the Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man in France.read more
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I should be compelled to write a few words about Beelzebub's Tales, yet it is nearly impossible to do so. Everything about this book is a complete mystery, and increasingly every time someone writes about it. Perhaps this will spark sympathy to formulate something coherently-incoherent, together, in this online opportunity on librarything.G.I. Gurdjieff wrote this book for both consciousnesses: the "fictitious consciousness" we commonly assume, as well as our subconscious mind. What do we know of these?For many, Beelzebub's Tales is a nice and insightful adventure. For some, there seems to be a significance of not being able to grasp anything from this book with the ordinary mind.Gurdjieff makes it clear that this book is meant to be read out loud and he makes it clear that the first chapter, originally called "warning" is extremely important. Is it possible, and is it necessary to understand this book and to understand how to read it? Who can read it? How can I tell who can read it? Who is I?My experiences, of which I can say nothing at most, seem to point at the fact that this book is not fiction in any way whatsoever. At the same time it is all fiction. Everything is in this book, yet for nearly everyone there is nothing there at all. And none of it we can come close to understanding even remotely without the guidance of someone who can read it today.read more
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