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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 is a cosmological epic. It examines human life on Earth from the viewpoint of beings belonging to a distant world, led by the "all-wise Beelzebub".

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson First Book

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

Second Book

29. The Fruits of Former Civilizations and the Blossoms of the Contemporary

30. Art

31. The Sixth and Last Sojourn of Beelzebub on the Planet Earth

32. Hypnotism

33. Beelzebub as Professional Hypnotist

34. Russia

35. A Change in the Appointed Course of the Falling of the Transspace Ship Karnak

36. Just a Wee Bit More About the Germans

37. France

38. Religion

39. The Holy Planet "Purgatory"

Third Book

40. Beelzebub Tells How People Learned and Againt Forgot About the Fundamental Cosmic Law of Heptaparaparshinokh

41. The Bokharian Dervish Hadji-Asvatz-Troov

42. Beelzebub in America

43. Beelzebub's Survey of the Process of the Periodic Reciprocal Destruction of Men, or Beelzebub's Opinion of War

44. In the Opinion of Beelzebub, Man's Understanding of Justice Is for Him in the Objective Sense an Accursed Mirage

45. In the Opinion of Beelzebub, Man's Extraction of Electricity from Nature and Its Destruction During Its Use, Is One of the Chief Causes of the Shortening of the Life of Man

46. Beelzebub Explains to His Grandson the Significance of the Form and Sequence Which He Chose for Expounding the Information Concerning Man

47. The Inevitable Result of Impartial Mentation

48. From the Author

Product Details

Gurdjieff, G. I.
Penguin Books
New York :
Alternate Spirituality - General
Human beings
Spirituality - General
Alternate Spirituality - General x
History & Surveys - Modern
History, Criticism, Surveys
Philosophy : General
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from 12
7.70x5.10x2.33 in. 1.84 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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