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Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson: All and Everything: AND All and Everything (Arkana) [Paperback]

G. Gurdjieff
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27 Jan 2000 Arkana
BEELZEBUB'S TALES TO HIS GRANDSON is Gurdjieff's world-famous cosmological epic. It examines human life on Earth from the viewpoint of beings belonging to a distant world, led by the 'all-wise Beelzebub'. Through this cosmological allegory - rich in humour, anecdote and linguistic elaboration - Gurdjieff demonstrates a methodology for the spiritual growth of all mankind.

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  • Paperback: 1248 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (27 Jan 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140194738
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140194739
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 5.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 103,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gurdjieff was born in Alexanderpol in 1877 and trained both as a priest and physician. For some twenty years he travelled in the remotest regions of Central Asia and the Middle East, moulding his thought. On his return he began to gather pupils in Moscow, and from this base his ideas began to spread worldwide.

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Among other convictions formed in my common presence during my responsible, peculiarly composed life, there is one such also-an indubitable conviction-that always and everywhere on the earth, among people of every degree of development of understanding and of every form of manifestation of the factors which engender in their individuality all kinds of ideals, there is acquired the tendency, when beginning anything new, unfailingly to pronounce aloud or, if not aloud, at least mentally, that definite utterance understandable to every even quite illiterate person, which in different epochs has been formulated variously and in our day is formulated in the following words: "In the name of the Father and of the Son and in the name of the Holy Ghost. Amen." Read the first page
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62 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most important books ever written. 15 Aug 1999
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Gurdjieff's "Beelzebub Tales to His Grandson" is not your everyday type book. Its intentions are not to entertain, but to shock the reader into conscious awareness of the many mechanisms that control his/her own life. Ions after his fall from heaven we find Beelzebub completely transformed through experience into the wisest of beings. In a interplanetary mission to keep our galaxy in order, Beelzebub makes use of a delay to teach his grandson about many things of importance, and especially about those strange beings on the planet earth. The funny thing is that the reader becomes the grandson, and it is Gurdjieff whom teaches us about the reality of our unconscious "living". It is a book not intended to be an easy read, the book demands us to make great conscious efforts to understand the content and to keep alert. However, any effort put into the book is petty in comparison to the gain. "Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson" gives us a choice to remain the automatons we are, or to take a step into realizing our potential as conscious beings. It is one of the most important books...ever.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
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There are many books that have made me think 'Wow, I'll never be the same again after this'; that have, while reading them, inspired and excited me. But unfortunately, this feeling so soon fades, and the books are so often soon forgotten. Beelzebub's tales will remain with me. They are an effort to read, but they are very wise and very important for us in the state we are in as human beings. If you've been searching for an answer to explain the nagging feeling of something been wrong in the world, this book, I wager, holds it. It's quite funny too!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great or not that is the question 26 Dec 2005
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Great to those who are able to see beyond the words written. Total nonsence to those who can't. If you look for an easy read without having to do any inward work well maybe this isn't the book for you. Those working on inner discovery, well here is a challenge.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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This philosophical expose` covers ancient history, many truths about man, and what our planet looks like from the perspective of a higher life form. Wars, Diet, the Creation and Maintainence of the Universe are but a few samples of topics covered by G in his 1200 page tome.

The writing style presents a unique challenge to the reader, forcing him to hold consciously the idea presented in his mind, and further to think about it in a way the author had intended. It also minimizes incorrect interpretation, and gives you the pure intent of what the author was trying to say.

A fictituous novel - it holds more truth then any non-fiction book I've yet to read. Granted, much is hidden in allegory, but overall his message is clear and obvious, assuming you can hold you attention on the work and not give up on it.

Overall it forces your mind to work harder, and thus improve itself throughout the course of the work. Highly reccomended reading for anyone who has mental agility, patience and enjoys the challenge of a truly unique read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Work of Integrity 17 Jun 2007
By Ken
Format:Paperback
The depth and scope of Gurdjieff's Magnum Opus is truly astounding. Although he is very capable of expressing himself in simple and straightforward terms, as can be seen in his book 'Meetings With remarkable Men,' it is evident that he wrote this book for those of us who sincerely strive to see the unseen. This book forces us to exercise our critical thinking faculties and train our minds to "think like a hammer" on what we are reading so as to give us a true taste of what it really means to think beyond our sacred cow belief systems and assumptions based on years of mental conditioning and lethargy. The only other book that I have read that can compare in its sheer scope, depth and interrelatedness is Laura Knight's book "Secret History Of The World And How To Get Out Alive." Only a handful of books have cut through the maze of disinformation that is out there. Beelzebub's Tales is certainly one of them.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Transformative, if we can read in a new way 16 Jan 2009
By KPR
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This book had a very deep impact on me, and continues to do so many years later. Having read the other reviews - and I would echo them in the main - there is one particular point that I feel should be added to what others have said. The book has a difficult style (as everyone feels compelled to mention), but we tend to make it far more difficult for ourselves in the way we approach it. To try to understand it in an intellectual way, as we would most books we read, is very difficult (I would argue deliberately impossible), and if we try that way we will be dismayed and frustrated, or think the book nonsensical or absurd. From my years of efforts I would say that one of the most helpful ways of trying is to read the book as if I am reading it to myself, fully but without a certain kind of concern for how much I understand; to let it go in, to trust that if I read as attentively as I can then some part of me will receive something from it. Often it won't be my intellect that receives. I have received so much from my efforts in this direction that I cannot begin to convey it ... and my best wishes go to all who make an attempt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unlike any other book... 18 Jan 2014
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It has been said that if Gurdjieff could be criticised in any way, then it is because he made this book so difficult. The author himself gives fair warning of this at the start of the book and if you wish to read this and benefit from it you have to follow his advice. I started reading it 20 years ago. It is only more recently on my third and fourth readings of this book that I have begun to really appreciate it. That is a huge investment of my time, the book is hard enough to read once! If you persist with it however, it will pay back the efforts you put in. If you make no effort... Only this year did I find myself thinking that the book was too short and what a shame it was that it couldn't just carry on. The book covers a huge range of subjects and includes a whole glossary of invented new words. Although the demands are high and the aim of the book very serious, there is a lot of humour and warmth within. Good luck!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Complex but interesting book
I ordered this book as a gift for someone else. He seems very pleased with it and the condition was good.
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For anyone who is not already familiar with Gurdjieff, it is a total waste of time. For anyone who is familiar, it is essential study materials. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Malkuth Zadek
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Effort
I saw J.G. Bennett speak many years ago and he recommended Beelzebub's Tales - that was good enough for me. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Fiona
5.0 out of 5 stars Thinker
This book really makes you think about life and how you live it. Reading it fast seems to work for me, because if you read it slow you think too much.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Pretentious, moi?
Oh dear, made up words for made up ideas. I don't have a problem with the ideas so much as everyone is entitled to their own philosophy, but making up funny words for the... Read more
Published on 15 Jun 2012 by S M A S K
1.0 out of 5 stars The jury's out
Gurdjieff's 'Way' may be a genuine path of self-development, similar to Sri Aurobindo's 'Integral Yoga', but I'm not sure his vision was as complete. Read more
Published on 2 Jun 2012 by Squeaker
2.0 out of 5 stars Who is the more foolish...
Who is the more foolish, the fool or the fool who follows him? Having read this book cover to cover i have to accept that it is thus i who is the more foolish. Read more
Published on 27 Aug 2011 by Q Baynes
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the lazy minded.
This is a text that requires the highest level of concentration. It is designed to train your mind as you read it, and not simply spoon-feed you the answers. Read more
Published on 18 Jun 2011 by Mr. G. M. Buller
2.0 out of 5 stars A question of taste...
... I guess. Personally having a hard time with Gurdjieff's work from the get go this book was a tuff one to get through. Read more
Published on 27 Nov 2010 by Gabriel Raoust
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