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The introductory page heads: ALL AND EVERYTHING, Ten Books in Three Series
Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson (An Impartial Criticism of the Life of Man) being the First Series of G.I. Gurdjieff's written works. They were composed, quoting the author, "according to entirely new principles of logical reasoning and strictly directed towards the solution of the following three cardinal problems:
First Series: 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..."
You may begin this book out of curiosity, interest in the occult, coming from numerous backgrounds of faiths and learning, but bringing anything into this work, a creation that intends to destroy the assumed and granted truths of your life, is folly. The first chapter will seem arrogant, bloated, old-fashioned or sarcastic, playing around with your reactions. Relieve yourself of your criticism toward the Tales because the Tales are to be read and internalized to criticize your own humanity. The 1200+ pages are daunting, but it's not rare to find long books that end up leaving one emaciated germ of wheat in your bosom that ripens fast and decays shortly thereafter. Beelzebub's Tales, if one may read it in sequence and with respectful rumination, is a journey into one's own consciousness - that which is aware of itself. It is a way out of sleep. It is like planting a tree and striving to live and see its 1,000th year.
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