Chapter I The Arousing of Thought 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. Having thus begun, I can now be quite at ease, and should even, according to the notions of religious morality existing among contemporary people, be beyond all doubt assured that everything further in this new venture of mine will now proceed, as is said, "like a pianola. The arousing of thought, p. I know only that these circumstances bid me write not just anything "so-so," as, for instance, something of the kind for reading oneself to sleep, but weighty and bulky tomes. However that may be, I begin. But begin with what?
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At the same time, this book is illuminating,revelatory, humorous, and, at times charged with emotional energy that transmits itself to the reader. It is hard to remain merely curious about the Gurdjieff work. One tends to either reject it after a superficial overview, or delve into its life-changing depths. If anything, these ideas are more relevant in the face of our present-day reality in this constantly shifting, ever-changing world.
Gurdjeiff writes Beelzebub as an extraterrestrial astronaut who describes his experience with the strange and illogical inhabitants on the planet Earth. He describes every facet of human life and even details the odd beliefs held by specific cultures.
Written in a style which prevents passive reading, it is a difficult volume to read through but truly rewarding and worth the effort. This particular American was unable to be successful in his business teaching Americans how to dance the foxtrot in New York There are more tidbits of wisdom, humor, insightfulness and advice throughout the epic than can ever be divulged in a short review.
I can definitely exclaim that his goal was actualized in this work.
All and Everything
Main characters[ edit ] Beelzebub, relates his past experiences in a solar system called Ors our solar system where he had been banished for rebelling against His Endlessness. He spent his exile in observation of the solar system, and of Earth and humans in particular. He visited Earth six times and observed it from just after its creation until Because of his help in the eradication of animal sacrifice on Earth, Beelzebub was pardoned from his sentence.
Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson