It has been sixty years since many of us, from various countries, used to gather twice a day in Mr Gurdjieff’s Paris apartment for his “ceremonial” lunches and dinners. These were always preceded by readings from Beelzebub’s Tales to his Grandson which, finally, after more that twenty-five years of meticulous rewriting by Mr. Gurdjieff, was ready to be sent to the printers. And, indeed, a few weeks later, Mr G. received proofs and approved them for publication just days before his death on Oct 29, 1949.
So the Gurdjieff Heritage Society is providing this complete online version of Beelzebub’s Tales in its authentic original form, to honor Mr. Gurdjieff’s expressed hope and sincere wish, that, as he articulated it “… according to your understanding you will all obtain the specific benefit for yourself which I anticipate, and which I wish for you with all my being.” In addition, Mr. Gurdjieff wrote to us all (in his Circular Letter January 13, 1949): “I intend that the first series of my writings shall be made freely available without payment to all who are in need of their help.”
Many older reader’s eyesight may require a larger type font for comfortable reading. Since we know of no existing large type version of the Tales in print, what we provide here will allow you to adjust the font size on any PC or Mac to print out or read.
Any chapter can be accessed quickly by using the index links. Each page has a chapter name and corresponding page number [in the brackets at the top of each page]. The page numbers refer to the original 1950 edition. Specific words can likewise be found by using our search feature below.
NOTE: This internet posting of the Tales is for reading assistance only, the source of this document is Copyright © 1950 G. Gurdjieff. Downloading for posting on the internet of all or any part for redistribution by an individual or group is prohibited. The sale or monetary profiting in any manner of these files are strictly prohibited. This entire text online is encoded to determine unauthorized downloaded copies.
Dushka Howarth, New York City ~ Fall 2009