A very Interesting but ultimately disappointing book if you're trying to understand Beelzebub's Tales.The title and first chapters of the book promise much,but I feel in the end the book fails to impart any "Real" new knowledge nor does it come anywhere near excavating the illusive "buried Dog" (or even its specific smell").The writer's theories on the Akhaldans are just plain wrong,in my opinion, if he had read Beelzebub's tales more carefully he would have noticed Gurdjieff regarded them very highly.Though the writer has some very interesting and entertaining theories about Gurdjieff's intentions G's own warning about modern writers and wiseacring applies here. Certainly worth reading, but my advice is, get J G Bennett's "Talks on Beelzebub's Tales" instead.
as a final note : If you've read the book here's another Definition of the word "regenerate"
: spiritually reborn or converted
: restored to a better, higher, or more worthy state
"Isn't it all the same if I sing like a donkey as long as they call me a nightingale?" [From Beelzebub's Tales, a saying of the Mullah.]
Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson, by G.I. Gurdjieff, is a special influence that has proven to reach many people deeply on a subconscious level and help them significantly in their lives. This help that Gurdjieff labored for many years to provide us has been continuously available now for over six decades and has had a beneficial action on many people, without any help from Mr. Henderson. We benefited long before Mr. Henderson came along to proclaim that Mr. Gurdjieff's book cannot be understood without Henderson's proud pontifications. Mr. Henderson claims to appreciate that Beelzebub's Tales is a work that is intended for the subconscious, but Henderson's treatment of Beelzebub comes, obviously, solely, from what Gurdjieff called "the formatory mind." Anyone relying on Henderson's guidance is going to be led astray from the help Beelzebub's Tales can give. Whereas Gurdjieff wrote from his whole being, what Henderson offers is only from the eyebrows up. Anyone with the capacity to discriminate real substance will find it impossible to swallow what Henderson offers. Unfortunately, there are some who, not having guides with conscience, and not having the experience to discriminate, will be led astray. Henderson's book is, in all fairness, only, as Gurdjieff called such endeavors, "wiseacring," or, in the words of the mullah, "Kmalkanatonashachermacher?Read more ›
I couldn't help giving an endorsement to this book. What a find! Having read/studied Gurdjieff for about 6 years now, reading this book was more riveting than reading the Da Vinci Code. I couldn't put it down. The shear entertainment value of the book is worth the price (including shipping & handling). That being said, I enjoyed this book mostly for the refreshing, easy-to-follow insight it provided.
After reading this book, I was excited to read through Beelzebub again to see if I could understand more layers of meaning. Of course this happens, to some degree, each time I reread the Tales, but this time in particular, many newer meanings were revealed to me... and not just the specific ones that were brought to my attention in Mr. Henderson's book either; I was able to extract newer meanings by myself from parts he didn't even mention. That was a breakthrough for me and it was very exciting. My strong suspicion is that the majority of people who read Mr. Henderson's book will have the same experience. That's why I recommend this book so highly.
Please write a follow-up book soon Mr. John Henderson, whoever you are. Very informative (understatement). Very entertaining. Thanks again.
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"You must here know, that in long-past ages one might still occasionally run across beings of that profession who still invented and wrote something really by themselves; but in these later epochs the 'writers' among the being there, particularly among contemporary beings, have been of those that only copy from many existing books all kinds of ideas, and by fitting them together make a 'new book.' " (page 98)
"All they can do is wrangle with pigs about the quality of oranges" (p. 15)
"..there's more reality in it than in the wiseacrings of an expert in monkey-business" (p. 152)
"a flea exists in the World just for one thing- that when it sneezes, that deluge should occur with the description of which our learned beings love so much to busy themselves" (p. 351)
"Ekh...you, Koorfooristanian pantallons, isn't it all the same to you whether you have a mule or a hare for your farm work? Haven't both of these animals four legs?" (p. 863)
If one has read Gurdjieff's writtings, particularly 'Beelzebub's Tales', and upon reading a particular passage, and scratched one's head and exclaimed to oneself, what the ... and waited for the future explanation from Beelzebub, then one must...... I repeat, must read this book.
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