Beelzebub’s Tales To His Grandson. Commentary by Terry Winter Owens and Suzanne D. Smith. This book is without doubt one of the most extraordinary books. With Beelzebub’s Tales to His Grandson, G. I. Gurdjieff intended to “destroy, mercilessly the beliefs and views about everything existing in the world. Editorial Reviews. From the Publisher. Editors’ Note. Gurdjieff wrote Beelzebub’s Tales to His Grandson from through , and continued in later years to.

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If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Gurdjieff intended to “destroy, mercilessly. 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 beelzzebubs, from the creation of the cosmos to man’s teleological purpose in the universe.

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In my mind, this is one of the most unique books that I have read thus far. But it is a difficult one, intentionally. Gurdjieff as many know taught that man very rarely if ever really pays attention to what they do in life, passing through life more as machines, without stopping to really observe the self, or anything else for that matter.

This book was written intentionally by Gurdjieff to greatly slow the reader down and cause them to really have to focus on what they are reading. I think this is good, though I am glad that not many books are written like this. Though I feel it is good, because it does cause you to really pay attention, and being that the book is very confusing and takes some real insight and re-reading of passages at times to attempt to follow what is being said, it has the effect of causing you to slowly observe your own feelings and re-actions as you read it.


Which if you labor through the whole book, this process of personal awareness becomes more and more apparent as you go. Would I recommend this book to everyone, hecks no, if you are diving into it just to have an interesting read, or perhaps know little to nothing about Gurdjieffs Tradition of teaching, this is NOT the place to start, as it will undoubtedly turn you off of his methods. Like any great thinker, from Plato, to Crowley, trying to dive right into the meat of things, albeit possible, but not advised.

My suggestion if you just want to know a little more about what Gurdjieff taught, then begin with what most do, “In Search of the Miraculous” by P. Ouspensky, a great copy which can be found here on Amazon. If you still after reading that book, find that you are intrigued, than I would recommend, perhaps, attempting this book. No matter your level of understanding of Gurdjieffs teachings, I would approach this book like a marathon, don’t read anything else while reading this, read maybe 30 to 50 pages in a sitting, and allow some time right after, and before sitting down to read again, to really let your mind play over what you have read.

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Guaranteed there will be times where you want to throw beelzbeubs book out the window in complete frustration, and there will also be times where you will really find yourself in appreciation beelzsbubs understanding of it. Now I can’t go and say that the clouds parted, and I became some spiritual master after reading this, for one, I like Gurdjieffs methods, but I’m not a died in the wool student of his either.

Nor do I think his intention personally with this book was not to be some bible or Brahmanical text which suddenly opens the aspirant to spiritual sanctuary and understanding. I do feel it was intended to be a tool in the practice of Gurdjieffs teachings, which threw reading threw it over and over again, one becomes sounder in its teachings, and grows a greater understanding of personal awareness.

An obtuse book, but if you feel up to the task, it is well worth the effort. Be warned though as one reviewer here remarked, after awhile you will find yourself talking and writing at times as obtuse as the book as written.

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Find the Unrevised Version. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. As other reviewers pointed out, this is the revised edition. Unwanted, unauthorized, unapproved by Gurdjieff Self-appointed “heirs” have altered the original text, which was carefully and meticulously to put it mildly constructed by Gurdjieff and approved for publication. We only have their word to beelzebbubs on that they were “appointed” for this “sacred” task of revising Gurdjieff’s work.

Compare the unrevised version Then judge for yourself the results of the revisions. Despite the fact that many readers have difficulty with this book, it is well worth devoting a good deal of time to it. It could be said, in fact, that the more you put into it, the more it delivers to you.

In my view, the major stumbling block is the opinion, that many readers seem to arrive at, that Gurdjieff is playing some sophisticated kind of joke on the reader. This, in fact, is not the case at all. But to appreciate its content, one must first realize that, burdjieff from having a literal meaning – which can at times seem non-sensical – the book has a completely different beellzebubs meaning which not only makes sense but can deliver profound revelations to the reader.


The title given above was the subtitle to the original main title, “All and Everything. It has a few flubs, such as chapter heads run into the main text. But the content seems to be there. As to that beelzebubx, it is an incomparable omnibus treatment of the universe and all history by a genuinely great spiritual master of the twentieth century. It moves from cosmic perspective to the very, very earthy. It is brilliant beyond usual standards as well as full of good laughs.

As the author explains, the narrative style and the very sentence structure, like the subject matter, are intentionally made to thwart automatic habitual reading. The result is that everything in the book is capable of taking you for a marvelous ride beyond conceptuality. You will either be frustrated and disgusted or fascinated and aroused. If the latter, be prepared to spend many a year reading and re-reading. Obligatory reading for any intelligent searcher for what is real and what is not.

Needs to be revisited over ones life to see that I have not yet approached the real depth of the book, just some pieces here and there, that taless a feeling in me of the importance of human life as it could be, and the mediocrity of it as I live it, most of the time.

Not an easy read at all. It can be a challenge to get through a paragraph sometimes, well over my capacity to read, yet, with repetition, little by little, it comes, not because the book gets easier, but because somehow I begin, at times, to bbeelzebubs up to its level.

And I have to say I first read this when I was 36 and now I am 73, and starting it again. The one disadvantage of this edition of Gurdjieff’s “flying cathedral” is that some of the pages don’t correspond to the edition, especially in the chapter “Hypnosis”. If you use the older Guide and Index, the references to some parts of the chapter and consequent chapters are no longer valid.

Many corrections were made to the edition, but not all. The printing is on lower quality paper than the Dutton and Two Rivers editions. See all reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

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