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G. I. Gurdjieff

G. I. GurdjieffGurdjieff discovered a wealth of truths about human life and put the fragments together in a 'system', which he started to teach in Moscow in 1912.

In Russia he made contact with P.D. Ouspensky and Thomas de Hartmann, who played an important role in the work with ideas, the music and the movements.

Gurdjieff established his 'Institute for the 'Harmonious Development of Man' in Fontainbleau-Avon in 1922.

His ideas continue to have a strong influence on people in the new millenium and have inspired philosophies and practices of many different kinds.


G.I. Gurdjieff (-um 1866 in Alexandropol/Rußland, gest. 29.10.1949 in Paris), unternahm ausgedehnte Reisen nach Nordafrika, den mittleren Orient und Zentralasien, wo er mit Geheimgesellschaften, Mystikern und Esoterikern Verbindung aufnahm und unbekannte Fragmente einer uralten überlieferten Lehre empfing. Zuerst in St. Petersburg, dann in Konstantinopel und schließlich in Paris, gründete er das "Institut für die harmonische Entwicklung des Menschen", um sein Wissen an seine zahlreichen Schüler weiterzugeben, darunter Arthur Koestler, Alfons Paquet, Aldous Huxley und P.D. Ouspensky.


O ensinamento de G.I. Gurdjieff (1866?-1949) chegou a ser reconhecido como um dos mais originais, duráveis e penetrantes do nosso século. Gurdjieff, ao mesmo tempo em que utilizou meios muito diferentes para transmitir sua visão sobre o dilema humano e a possibilidade humana, deu importância especial ao Relatos de Belzebu a seu Neto.


Gurdjieff søgte og fandt et stort antal sandheder om livet og mennesket, som han satte sammen i sit 'system' og begyndte at lære til andre i Moskva fra 1912.

Den bolschevistiske revolution gjorde arbejdet i Sovjetunionen umulig og Gurdjieff rejste til Konstantinopel med nogle af sine elever og en del af sin familie. Fra Konstantinopel gik rejsen videre via Berlin til Frankrig. Der etablerede Gurdjieff sit 'Institut for menneskets harmoniske udvikling'. Huset hedder 'du Prieuré des Basses Loges' og ligger i Avon i nærheden af Fontainbleau.
Et par år efter etableringen af instituttet kom Gurdjieff alvorligt til skade i en ulykke på vej tilbage fra Paris. Han begyndte at skrive. Dette forandrede livet for alle som var i instituttet. Han skrev frem til året 1934 uden større pauser.

Gurdjieffs hovedværk er 'Alt og det hele - Belsebubs fortællinger til sin sønnesøn', som han definerede som 'objektiv kritik af menneskelivet'. Hans anden bog, 'Møde med bemærkelsesværdige mennesker' blev filmet af Peter Brook i 1979.

I begyndelsen af det nye årtusinde følger over 10000 studenter Gurdjieffs lære, Gurdjieff-grupper findes på alle kontinenter og mange forskillige fårmer (også i dag i Rusland, hvor han begyndte). Salget af P.D. Ouspenskys 'På Sporet af det Mirakuløse' er over en million.

G. I. Gurdjieff

All & Everything; Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson

Author/Artist: G. I. Gurdjieff
ISBN: 0140194738
First published: 1950

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.

There is an online version of the 1950 edition of this book in pdf-format available here: All & Everything

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Occult Landmarks
With periodic study and endeavours focused on appliance of the ideas in this book, my evaluation of it has been through diverse shifts and mutations. Recent work `in the field' has turned a few more trusty impressions on their head. Gurdjieff himself: he would surely be turning in his grave for some of the pathetic not to say pathological activity now going on in the name of his System.

It is helpful to see Gurdjieff's work and message in the context of his times - to look towards what he was drawing on, lampooning, ignoring, or overtly acknowledging. Without some awareness of this, or alternate anchorage for thought, one is that degree more liable to dream on `inspired' with Gurdjieff's suggestions rather than aptly grasp and utilise any transformative power in them. Fine if we're happy to regard his work simply as some grand outlandish tapestry (and, in ourselves, to myopically replay the past). But we may be inclined to take it (and our potential) as something more significant.

"Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson" is a magnificent tour de force through the twists and turns of ego, that of the individual and that of associations and civilisations as living systems, self-aware entities, `cosmoses'. With chapter titles from "The Inevitable Result of Impartial Mentation" to "Just a Wee Bit More About the Germans", Gurdjieff sports with the reader's potentials to indulge a partiality, accommodate bias, our capacities for delusional identification and consciousness - as with his own blithe sex chauvinism, for example, one is pressed to ask if this is some `wicked' sense of humour, or why the purposes of the wise should disguise themselves and change as do the tricks of the ego. Certainly there is a fundamental joke here, a critically illuminating deceptiveness, to be found - to be discovered by readers in different times and ways, and to differing effect. I concur with those who believe Gurdjieff knew just what he was about in the writing of this book, including the provision of `clues' as to what would follow, what manner of things could complement and succeed this First Series beyond his own Second and Third. Some have seen and pursued this succession or complementarity in the offerings of Subud, encounter therapy, Shah, Krishnamurti, Trungpa, Castaneda, Osho, besides the assortment of present day Gurdjieffian groups and gurus. For a different kettle of fish, one new resource warrants particular mention. M J Mitchell's "The Hog's Wholey Wash --" one can come to appreciate as hailing from a related space or cause to that of the Tales, a canny `legominism' in a world context a half-century on. By volume but a postage stamp on Beelzebub's Tales, in essence, in its quickening depths of humanity and paradox, it is of no less magnitude. Mitchell's `hogwash' packs the tightest metaphorical punches, and rings with the Tales as a hearty wake-up call - as a further worker-friendly appliance for self-awakening, self-remembering. In the architecture of Gurdjieff's "great lumbering flying cathedral" (P L Travers) there remains as much direct incitement to percipience in awareness, to radical aliveness, as bidding towards germane practice and research.

George Gurdjieff's "Objectively Impartial Criticism of the Life of Man", along with western society's digestion, indigestion and non-digestion of it, is objectively or otherwise a dynamic part of the context in which a variety of human and developmental initiatives today stand to be viewed.

Ian Burroughs,
Amazon 2003-10-29
added 2005-12-31

A new conception of God
Gurdjieff advises us to read 'Beelzebub's Tales to his Grandson' thrice, with the open heart of a child listening to a fairy tale. This is not an easy task, for one is dealing here with an account of God, World and Man intentionally composed to provide a self-transforming shock. However, any sincere effort to 'fathom the gist' of this work will provide unexpected benefits. The ultimate impression one gets is of unsurpassed compassion for the human condition and a heartfelt call to awaken a dormant conscience.

As Beelzebub puts it best:

"The sole means now for the saving of the Beings of the planet Earth would be to implant again into their presences a new organ, an organ like Kundabuffer, but this time of such proportion that every one of those unfortunates during the process of existence should constantly sense and be cognizant of the inevitability of his own death as well as of the death of every one upon whom his eyes or attention rests.

"Only such a sensation and such a cognizance can now destroy the egoism completely crystallized in them that has swallowed up the whole of their Essence and also the tendency to hate others which flows from it -- the tendency seemingly which engenders all those inimical relationships existing there which serves as the chief cause of all their abnormalities unbecoming to three-brained beings and maleficent for them themselves and for the whole of the Universe".


Avi Solomon, Israel
added 2002-12-06

Dig It Up!
Whoever reads Beelzebub and makes an effort to understand it will be able to find out the meaning(s) in it. On the other hand a mere reading will not get to the meaning at all. The idea is something like this: if you want knowledge it is available and to get it you will have to pay for it. This is preventing Beelzebub from being just an intellectual exercise. Gurdjieff often asked: 'what does it make you feel?' This is very much similar to the whole idea of the Gurdjieff Work and a bit like Movements applied to the reading of the book.

Reijo Oksanen, Switzerland
added 2002-11-27

A chance to understand the terror of humanity's predicament., 10 December, 2001
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!

Josh French, United Kingdom
added 2002-10-03

One of the most important books ever written., August 15, 1999
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.

Fabricio E. Bouza,
added 2002-10-03

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