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.
This book is a thoroughly edited version of the original 1931 manuscript of Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson by G. Gurdjieff. The text is, for the most part, unchanged from the original manuscript that was published in a limited edition in 1931 under the direction of A R Orage. However some editing to the text has been done to remove obvious typographical errors and to harmonize the spelling of Gurdjeiff's many invented names and neologisms to align with the later published version of this classic literary work. In addition a full index is provided, almost to the level of a concordance. It documents all changes to the neologisms and all edits, aside from typographical corrections made to the text. The attraction of this publication lies in the fact that although Gurdjieff approved this original edition for publication and hence regarded his writing effort as almost complete, he subsequently made significant changes to many parts of it, and hence reading the 1931 Manuscript at times feels as though one is reading a different book, but one that nevertheless bears the mark of its author.
This title presents Orage's commentaries on 'Beelzebub's Tales to his Grandson', which are an essential part of the Fourth Way literature. They demonstrate a way of approaching and understanding a work that Orage considered to be literature of the highest kind.
This is an alternate version of The 1931 Manuscript to Beelzebub's Tales by G Gurdjieff, which preserves Gurdjieff's original neologisms rather than replacing them with words taken from the 1950 publication. Aside from that it is identical to the other version published by Karnal Press. Readers who enjoyed reading the 1950 publication of Beelzebub's Tales will most likely enjoy The 1931 Manuscript. Despite of the differences between the books, the text of The 1931 Manuscript bears the mark of Gurdjieff. It is permeated with his rhythm and style. While in some chapters the text of the manuscript is quite similar to the 1950 publication, it is distinctly and surprisingly different in many others.?When reading those other chapters, one gets the impression of a Gurdjieff book one has never previously encountered. The subject matter may be familiar-in most cases it will be-but the text is not. This may prove to be the main attraction of The 1931 Manuscript. Nevertheless, there is another reason why some readers will be attracted to this book.?The 1931 Manuscript is a version of Beelzebub's Tales that Gurdjieff created and approved word by word. As such it stands as an early but nevertheless authentic text of Gurdjieff's work of objective literature. Those who have picked up the gauntlet thrown down by Gurdjieff, who are determined to "try and fathom the gist" of his writings, will discover The 1931 Manuscript to be of particular interest. For them it may prove to be a complementary text rather than an alternative one.
Presented in this book are nine In depth expositions on the teachings of George Gurdjieff. Primarily based on 'Beelzebubs Tales to His Grandson' these nine essays each have a specific theme that remains constant from the beginning to the end. As such complete theories are being presented in the hope that the obscurity of 'Beelzebubs Tales to His Grandson' can become less obscure.
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.