Beelzebub’s Tales to His Grandson, George Ivanovich Gurdjieff
An objectively impartial criticism of the life of man
Part 1 of the All & Everything Series
‘And all cosmic truths become known to everyone on those planets because those beings who by their conscious efforts learn some truth or other share it with others and in this way little by little all cosmic truths become known to all the beings of that planet whatever may be their aspirations and degree of self-perfecting’.
I wish to bring to your knowledge of what is called your “pure waking consciousness” the fact that in the writings following this chapter of warning I shall expound my thoughts intentionally in such sequence and with such “logical confrontation,” that the essence of certain real notions may of themselves automatically, so to say, go 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 ought to be in my opinion the real human consciousness, and there by themselves mechanically bring about that transformation which should in general proceed in the entirety of a man and give him, from his own conscious mentation, the results he ought to have, which are proper to man and not merely to single or double-brained animals.
with love and thanks
Part 2, Meetings with Remarkable Men
Part 3, Life is Real Only Then, When ‘I Am’
More Gurdjieff resources
Gurdjieff International Review
Selected Excerpts from the Talks and Writings of G. I. Gurdjieff
Gurdjieff Legacy Foundation, commemorative short film, watch here