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Publish yr note: First released in 1950
The instructing of G. I. Gurdjieff (1866-1949) has grow to be well-known as probably the most unique, enduring, and penetrating of our century. whereas Gurdjieff used many alternative potential to transmit his imaginative and prescient of the human trouble and human threat, he gave specific significance to his said masterwork, Beelzebub's stories to His Grandson.
Beelzebub's stories is an ocean of tale and of principles that you can probe for a life-time. it's majestic in scale and content material, challengingly artistic in prose kind, and, for these very purposes, frequently approached with apprehension. the 1st English language version of the Russian unique seemed in 1950. due to the fact that then, readers have famous the necessity for a revised translation that may make clear the verbal floor whereas respecting the author's personal inspiration and magnificence.
This revised edition, in coaching for a few years less than the course of Gurdjieff's closest scholar, Jeanne de Salzmann, meets this desire. initially released in 1992, this translation deals a brand new event of Gurdjieff's masterpiece for modern readers. it's awarded in a robust fabric version that echoes its unique book.
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Now that you have become familiar with the story of our common countryman, the Transcaucasian Kurd, I consider it my duty to make a confession to you. Before going on with this first chapter, which serves as an introduction to all that I plan to write, I wish to inform your so-called "pure waking consciousness" of the fact that, in the chapters following this warning, I shall expound my thoughts intentionally in such a sequence and with such logical confrontation that the essence of certain real ideas may pass automatically from this "waking consciousness," which most people in their ignorance mistake for the real consciousness, but which I affirm and experimentally prove is the fictitious one, into what you call the "subconscious"which in my opinion ought to be the real human consciousness-in order that these concepts may mechanically bring about by themselves that transformation which in general should proceed in the common presence of a man and give him, by means of his own active mentation, the THE AROUSING OF THOUGHT 23 results proper to him as a man and not merely as a one- or two-brained animal.
If you really think so, you are very, very mistaken. First of all, I am not young. I have already lived so much that, as is said, I have not only been "through the mill" but "through all the grindstones"; and second, I am not writing in order to make a career for myself, or to "plant myself firmly on my own feet" by means of this profession which, I must add, in my opinion provides for those who practice it many openings to become candidates direct for Hellassuming of course that such people can in fact perfect their being to that extent-because, knowing nothing whatever themselves, they write all kinds of "claptrap" and, thus automatically acquiring authority, they develop year by year one of the chief factors for the weakening of the psyche of people, already sufficiently weakened without this.
And one day-whether accidentally or as a result of some objective lawful chain of circumstances, I do not know-I came across the following story. Once upon a time a certain Russian, who to all appearances was just a simple merchant, had to go on some business or other from his provincial town to this second capital of his THE AROUSING OF THOUGHT 33 country, the city of Moscow, and his son-his favorite one, because he resembled only his mother-asked him to bring back a certain book. When the great, unconscious author of this all-universal principle of living arrived in Moscow, he and a friend of his, as was and still is the custom there, got "blind drunk" on genuine Russian vodka.
Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson: All Objectively Impartial: Criticism of the Life of Man (All and Everything, Book 1) by G. I. Gurdjieff