Contents:     Reflections on Gurdjieff’s Whim

Editors’ Prefaces

Prefaces by Toddy Smyth, John Amaral, Bonnie Phillips and Marlena O’Hagan Buzzell.

Introductory Comment on the Whim

A new conception of God in the World ~ all previously held “beliefs and views” are to be destroyed ~ creating conditions for potential understanding by all three-brained beings ~ Reality, a fundamental concept, challenged and reformulated ~ Ray of Creation, a model of relativity ~ concept of Okidanokh ~ Electromagnetic spectrum ~ “misuse” of electricity ~ Strong and weak nuclear and EM forces ~ “Reality” of suns ~ “biophotons” ~ Okidanokh and the possibility of self-perfection

Chapter 1

Gurdjieff’s Whim

Beelzebub’s Tales as a core manifestation of Gurdjieff’s whim ~ a triune view of the One-Will of his endlessness ~ the reconciliation of science and religion ~ the three readings of Beelzebub’s Tales

Chapter 2

The Conversation of the old Devil with the Young One

Gurdjieff’s use of the image of devils to confront perennial beliefs and views of “good and evil”

Chapter 3

Three Generations

An examination of the relationship and significance of the three generations represented by Beelzebub, his sons and his grandson, Hassein, in our present day

Chapter 4

The Dilemma

Explores the dilemma of the Toof-Nef-Tef as an image of the need for both Conscience and Reason

Chapter 5

To Wiseacre

What constitutes wiseacring? ~ How working with others can hinder this “peculiar illness?”

Chapter 6

Primordial Principles

A thorough and detailed study of the fundamental laws of the Universe as presented in Beelzebub’s Tales and In Search of the Miraculous

Chapter 7


Man’s belief that perceived images produced by the three brains are real ~ the dominance of the survival impulse in each of the three brains ~ the equivalence of the hypnotic state and suggestibility ~ the necessity of a separated, inner observer ~ egoism in contrast to the Will of his endlessness

Chapter 8


Okidanokh as one of Gurdjieff’s major concepts/images to reconcile science and spirituality ~ Okidanokh as the full spectrum of the electromagnetic force ~ Okidanokh and transformation through the three foods ~ the Triune Will of his endlessness ~ the Divine Idea

Chapter 9

Hassein–Essence–The Future

The significance of Beelzebub’s departure from our solar system and Hassein’s commitment to the beings on Earth ~ Hassein’s Oskiano (education) ~ the relationship of Karatas with the Holy Sun Absolute ~ the growth of Beelzebub’s Reason ~ Independent Will and the transformation of automaticity ~ the effort to direct the attention

Chapter 10

Life Force

Gurdjieff’s reconciliation of the historic and scientific views of the “below up” / “top down” appearance of organic life ~ imbalance in the Law of Three ~ Divine Will Power and Creation ~ Ilnosoparno and the Lateral Octave ~ Attention

Chapter 11

The Individual — The Group

Explores the dynamic relationship between the evolutional possibilities of an individual with the same possibilities of a group of individuals ~ a triad of a matured essence

Chapter 12

The Role of Photons in Life

Definition of the photon ~ the electromagnetic spectrum–Okidanokh–the three foods– the Ray of Creation–the ‘hydrogen’ table ~ biophotons ~ brain (ELF) waves ~ the “powerlessness” of Divine Attention ~ the triadic nature of attention

Chapter 13

A Bridge

The concept of Okidanokh, Djartklom, and Aieioiuoa as a route of reconciliation between the laws of the physical world and the possibility for self-perfection

Chapter 14

Gurdjieff and the Quantum World

Gurdjieff’s presentation of the Laws of Seven and Three as a representation and, further, a reconciliation of the quantum theory of the particle/wave ~ the paradox and possibilities of the relationship between the non-mass and mass-based worlds


Recommended Reading – References