Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson
The teaching of G. I. Gurdjieff (1866-1949) has come to be recognized as one of the most original, enduring, and penetrating of our century. While Gurdjieff used many different means to transmit his vision of the human dilemma and human possibility, he gave special importance to his acknowledged masterwork, Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson.
Beelzebub's Tales is an "ocean of story" and of ideas that one can explore for a lifetime. It is majestic in scale and content, challengingly inventive in prose style, and, for those very reasons, often approached with apprehension. The first English language edition of the Russian original appeared in 1950. Since then, readers have recognized the need for a revised translation that would clarify the verbal surface while respecting the author's own thought and style.
This revised edition, in preparation for many years under the direction of Gurdjieff's closest pupil, Jeanne de Salzmann, meets this need. Originally published in 1992, this translation offers a new experience of Gurdjieff's masterpiece for contemporary readers. It is presented in a sturdy cloth edition that echoes its original publication.
1. The Arousing of Thought
2. Introduction: Why Beelzebub Was in Our Solar System
3. The Cause of the Delay in the Falling of the Ship Karnak
4. The Law of Falling
5. The System of Archangel Hariton
6. Perpetual Motion
7. Becoming Aware of Genuine Being-Duty
8. The Impudent Brat Hassein, Beelzebub's Grandson, Dares to Call Men "Slugs"
9. The Cause of the Genesis of the Moon
10. Why "Men" Are Not Men
11. A Piquant Trait of the Peculiar Psyche of Contemporary Man
12. The First "Growl"
13. Why in Man's Reason Fantasy May Be Perceived as Reality
14. The Beginnings of Perspectives Promising Nothing Very Cheerful
15. The First Descent of Beelzebub upon the Planet Earth
16. The Relative Understanding of Time
17. The Arch-absurd: According to the Assertion of Beelzebub, Our Sun Neither Lights nor Heats
18. The Arch-preposterous
19. Beelzebub's Tales About His Second Descent onto the Planet Earth
20. The Third Flight of Beelzebub to the Planet Earth
21. The First Visit of Beelzebub to India
22. Beelzebub for the First Time in Tibet
23. The Fourth Personal Sojourn of Beelzebub on the Planet Earth
24. Beelzebub's Flight to the Planet Earth for the Fifth Time
25. The Very Saintly Ashiata Shiemash, Sent from Above to the Earth
26. The Legominism Concerning the Deliberations of the Very Saintly Ashiata Shiemash Under the Title of "The Terror-of-the-Situation"
27. The Organization for Man's Existence
28. The Chief Culprit in the Destruction of All the Very Saintly Labors of Ashiata Shiemash
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