All & Everything, First Series: Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson: An Objectively Impartial Criticism of the Life of Man
'All written according to entirely new principles of logical reasoning and strictly directed towards the solution of the following three cardinal problems:'
'To destroy, mercilessly, without any compromises whatsoever, in the mentation and feelings of the reader, the beliefs and views, by centuries rooted in him, about everything existing in the world.'
Gurdjieff's magnum opus, an esoteric jewel.
This edition --- from the 1950s --- the first single-volume paperback to appear in English---restores the original, authoritative translation supervised by Gurdjieff himself and the brilliant British editor A. R. Orage. Do not be led astray by the later edition produced in the 1990s.
A. R. Orage: 'It is really an objective work of art, of literature of the highest kind; it is in the category of scripture. A must-read for all serious students.'
This richly complex book, one of the most challenging and rewarding works of twentieth-century literature, is considered Gurdjieff's masterpiece.
This book 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.
Gurdjieff, in his writings, intended to "awaken" people to their own inner possibilities and potential. Beelzebub's Tales To His Grandson, the three books that constitute the first series in Gurdjieff's trilogy All and Everything, distills the essence of his ideas.
'To acquaint the reader with the material required for a new creation and to prove the soundness and good quality of it.'
Striking portraits of the inspiring individuals Gurdjieff met while journeying to remote parts of Asia and the Near East in search of hidden knowledge. This autobiographical account has become a classic since its publication in 1963.
Gurdjieff's autobiographical account of his youth and early travels has become something of a legend since it was first published in 1963. A compulsive 'read' in the tradition of adventure narratives, but suffused with Gurdjieff's unique perspective on life, it is organized around portraits of remarkable men and women who aided Gurdjieff's search for hidden knowledge or accompanied him on his journeys in remote parts of the Near East and Central Asia.
This is a book of lives, not of doctrines, although readers will long value Gurdjieff's accounts of conversations with sages. It conveys a haunting sense of what it means to live fully --- with conscience, with purpose, and with heart. Among the remarkable individuals whom the reader will come to know are Gurdjieff's father (a traditional bard), a Russian prince dedicated to the search for Truth, a Christian missionary who entered a World Brotherhood deep in Asia, and a woman who escaped white slavery to become a trusted member of Gurdjieff's group of fellow seekers. Gurdjieff's account of their attitudes in the face of external challenges and in the search to understand the mysteries of life is the real substance of this classic work.
Trained in Kars as both a priest and a physician, Gurdjieff travelled for 20 years in the remotest areas of Central Asia and the Middle East, a crucial time in the molding of his thought. This volume is mainly autobiographical, and includes a series of talks that he gave to his pupils.
Views from the Real World: Early Talks in Moscow, Essentuki, Tiflis, Berlin, London, Paris, New York and Chicago as Recollected by His Pupils
First published in 1975, this book of talks, 'as recollected by his pupils', has established itself as an authentic source for those interested in Gurdjieff's ideas and his approach to practical 'work on oneself'.
Great changes have taken place since the death of George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff more than sixty years ago, yet much of the mystery that surrounded him in his lifetime remains. This book staisfies the demand to 'hear' his actual voice and direct instruction in the form of conversations between Gurdjieff and his pupils.
That any record of these lectures exists at all is due to a few pupils who, with astonishing powers of memory and in most cases entirely without Gurdjieff's knowledge, managed to write down what they had heard afterward, whether during the tense and difficult times of their escape from revolutionary Russia, or at the Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man near Paris, or during visits to American pupils in New York and elsewhere.
To lectures from the years 1917--1933 has been added the account of a conversation with Gurdjieff known as 'Glimpses of Truth', written by a Moscow pupil in 1914 and mentioned by P. D. Ouspensky in In Search of the Miraculous. Gurdjieff's aphorisms, formerly inscribed above the walls of the Study House at the Institute, conclude the volume.
Primarily of historical interest. (NB: This book was apparently withdrawn from publication by Mr. Gurdjieff after a limited printing. Its purpose seems to have been related to some individuals in the groups in the early part of the 20th century.)