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Hidden Meanings and Picture-form Language in the Writings of G.I. Gurdjieff: (Excavations of the Buried Dog)

3.8 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1434306593
ISBN-10: 1434306593
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 404 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (April 19, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434306593
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434306593
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,431,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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?
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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
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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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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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Are you tired of years of effort in the Gurdjieff Work, but still sense that much is lacking? Have you become disillusioned with, not only mainstream ways, but also so-called 4th Way groups? Are you frustrated by Gurdjieff’s unique style of writing, maybe sensing that there is indeed something to be fathomed by it, but still unable to quite comprehend it?

Then "Hidden Meanings" may be written for you.

What "Hidden Meanings" will NOT do:

-Offer you titillation for your long-held beliefs, including those you may have learned “in the work”.
-Do the work of digging for you.
-Turn you into man number seven in one reading.

What "Hidden Meanings" WILL do:

+Present a unique, helpful and well-supported perspective on Gurdjieff’s writings.
+Help you to recognize the evil perpetrated upon Gurdjieff’s writings through revision and the need to read Gurdjieff’s books as he intended.
+Demonstrate some tools to assist in revealing Gurdjieff’s communications to those who are ready to receive them.
+Lead you to an example of a small, but important exercise, as demonstrated by Gurdjieff in his unique language.
+Help you to see a clear path in which one may move forward in the work.
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