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Contents:  Perspectives on Beelzebub’s Tales

 

Chapter 1

The Enneagramatic Nature of Beelzebub’s Tales

Gurdjieff wrote The Tales just as he lived his life ~The enneagram as a ‘new language’, necessary for a new understanding ~ Examples of enneagramatic structure from the
text of The Tales. References most specifically Chapter 39, “The Holy Planet `Purgatory’.”

 

Chapter 2

Innocence–The Comet–The Exile

Life begins amid great vulnerability and great potential ~Influences affect the development of each individual just as every new life rehearses the previous experience of its deep origin. Refers mainly to chapters 2 and 17, “Why Beelzebub Was in Our Solar System” and “The Arch-Absurd.”

 

Chapter 3

The Nature and Sources of Conviction

The actions of individuals, societies and cultures express their convictions ~ The brained nature of conviction ~ The basis of false convictions contrasted with objectively valid and impartial convictions. Refers to chapters 1 and 13, “The Arousing of Thought” and “Why
in Man’s Reason Fantasy May Be Perceived as Reality.”

 

Chapter 4

Kundabuffer

Kundabuffer is the most complex notion in The Tales ~ Physiological, psychological and symbolic parameters ~ Etymology ~ Consequences ~ A physical and neurological buffer, and a ‘mirror’. Relates to Chapter 21, “The First Visit of Beelzebub to India.”

 

Chapter 5

‘Perpetual Motion’, that ‘Crazy Notion’

Inner world construction that runs by itself ~ Great loss and penalties ~ The ‘clever’ weight ~ Real perpetual motion of ‘Hariton’. Relates to Chapter 6, “Perpetual Motion.”

 

Chapter 6

Pearls and the Custom

Tiny steps that lead to war ~ Inner image of the pearl ~Sacrifice of the brains. References Chapter 21, “The First Visit of Beelzebub to India.”

 

Chapter 7

Looisos: the Law and the Custom

The involutional flow of law ~ The unbalanced Law of Three ~ The shifting center-of-gravity ~ The moon and personality ~ Sacrificial-Offerings. Relates to Chapter 19, “Beelzebub’s Tales About His Second Descent on to the Planet Earth.”

 

Chapter 8

The ‘True’ and the ‘Sorry’ Scientist

‘Objective science’ versus ‘lopsided’ learning ~ Struggle for balance in each brain ~ Model of a harmoniously developed ‘true’ scientist. Relates to Chapter 41, “The Bokharian Dervish Hadji-Asvatz-Troov.”

 

Chapter 9

Gurdjieff’s ‘hydrogens’

The universe as a continuum of energies ~ Triadic nature of the ‘hydrogens’ ~ Mass and non-mass ~ Electromagnetism and the higher ‘hydrogens’ ~ Images, photons, attention and the will. Relates to Chapter 18, “The Arch-preposterous.”

 

Chapter 10

An Evolutionary Perspective on the Higher Centers

Biology of the brains ~ Higher centers and Darwinian evolution ~ Three octave parallels
in digestion ~ Science and man’s possible evolution

 

Chapter 11

The Emergence of the Possibility of Individual Reason

The natural appearance of ‘independence’ ~ Directed attention ~ Man’s three worlds ~ Reason as a distant possibility. Relates to chapters 39 and 47, “The Holy Planet `Purgatory’” and “The Inevitable Result of Impartial Mentation.”

 

Chapter 12

To ‘ruffle’ the Perceptions

Allegory as fundamental ~ Images contradictory, absurd, consistent ~ Logical confrontations ~ Inner “clash” ~ Levels of the subconscious. Relates to many
chapters but especially to Chapter 1, “The Arousing of Thought.”

 

The Enneagramatic Nature of Beelzebub’s Tales

“The Enneagramatic Nature of Beelzebub’s Tales

Kundabuffer

“Kundabuffer”