A Reader’s Experience

  • 1 – A Choice Taken It took me a long time to realize that hardly anyone knew anything about The Tales. One met with two distinct postures in respect of Gurdjieff’s magnum opus, as follows: One was met with comments that were along the lines of: ...
  • 2 – An Accidental Encounter Everyone who joins The Work and stays with it, has their story. Here is mine, very briefly… I was in Milan in 1981, working as a computer consultant and living in a foreign culture. There was an English book shop – ...
  • 3 – The First Skirmish I read The Tales on the train. At the time I was living near Southend and working in London, which worked out to be a 45 minute commute – which in turn meant one and a half hours each day ...
  • 4 – Saunas One of the questions that arose (for me) after the first reading of The Tales, was: Is Gurdjieff serious about the beneficial effects of steam baths? This is not a deep existential question. Nevertheless, in The Tales he clearly describes steam ...
  • 5 – Casting It Aside It seemed that reading The Tales through once was a minor achievement. When I later met other people who pursued The Work, I realized it was more common to start The Tales and then give up at some point.¬†Nevertheless, I ...
  • 6 – A Diet of Words Speaking for myself, I have lived my life in a particular way. I consider life from two distinct perspectives; the inner world (my universe) and the outer world (the big universe which my universe intersects with). The Outer World For many people, ...
  • 7 – The Delay in the Falling… We are Gurdjieff’s grandchildren, at least we are if we view it in this way: Gurdjieff’s children were those people he taught directly. His grandchildren are those who were taught by those he taught. So the title, Beelzebub’s Tales to His ...
  • 8 – The Destruction of the Very Saintly Labors…. It was 1992. I remember it well, at the Barn with Rina’s crowd and discussing the sudden emergence of a completely new version of The Tales. My memory is that nobody bought it; neither the idea of a revision, nor ...