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June 14, 2011

 

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The SLUGS

On G. I. Gurdjieff's Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson

 
 


Preface
by a Fool at the Zero Point

Unfortunately, there are few commentaries on G. I. Gurdjieff’s ultrafantastic Beelzebub’s Tales to His Grandson within the existing literature of humankind that do more than scratch the surface of this masterpiece story.  Hopefully, this writing will help to fill this void and not simply “pour-from-the-empty-into-the-void;” which is how Gurdjieff describes contemporary ‘learned beings of new formation’ as doing in their ‘wiseacring’ about the human condition.  The Slugs captures essential qualities and teachings of the magical Tales and provides a shocking perspective on the current archcriminal and sad state of humankind sinking into an all time low of mass lunacy and violence, with the invention of ever new Hasnamussian contrivances for warfare and planetary destruction.

The Slugs focuses primarily upon four major areas of inquiry.  The first concerns the general history and psychopathology of humankind on that ill-fated planet Earth–“your favorites” in the terminology of Beelzebub.  Gurdjieff provides a remarkable teaching of psychology with extensive commentaries upon the strange psyches of those three-brained beings breeding on planet Earth and how a ‘false consciousness’ system formed within them, while their true consciousness passed into what they would call their ‘subconscious.’   Their reason became “quite uniquely strange” and they are such “queer ducks” and “lopsided beings” who attain no level of the “constancy of self-individuality.”  Human beings do not achieve levels of higher reason or true emotional unfoldment, nor climb that “ladder of the evolution of “consciousness-of-self” as is proper to three-brained beings.  The crystallized egotism in those strange three-brained beings makes of their lives both a comedy and tragedy, all of which is portrayed most succinctly by Beelzebub in his Tales. 

Secondly, Gurdjieff’s Beelzebub’s Tales explores the issue of why those three-brained beings have such a history of the horrific “processes of reciprocal destruction,” or war.  Beelzebub’s Tales is one of the most profound studies of the causes and nature of war and mass violence, as ever penned during the history of humankind.  Beelzebub explores the causes of war in terms of understanding the psychopathology of humankind and particularly of the ‘power possessing beings,’ the ‘plutocrats’ and ‘stock-jugglers’—the so-called ‘elites’ with their ‘special societies,’ multiform vices and Hasnamussian qualities.  Beelzebub also elaborates upon the causes of war in terms of understanding the role of the moon in the history and life of humanity, and the role of other cosmic processes in influencing their fate.   Beelzebub examines why humans are so incapable of eradicating warfare and how their psyches degenerated so as to enable such horrific and unnatural processes.  With regards to the future of humankind, Beelzebub explains to his Grandson:

 “… in regard to this terrible property of theirs, of which we have just been speaking, namely, their periodic process of the destruction of each other’s existence. 

 “We can only say now, that if this property of terrestrial beings is to disappear from that unfortunate planet, then it will be with Time alone, thanks either to the guidance of a certain Being with very high Reason or to certain exceptional cosmic events.”

 Having said this, Beelzebub again began to look at Hassein with that same strange look.  (p. 1118)

Clearly, Gurdjieff intended Beelzebub’s Tales to provide such guidance of a “Being with very high Reason,” to help humankind awaken to the horrors of wars and to experience the remorse of conscience necessary for individual transformation and planetary change. 

Thirdly, The Slugs articulates the main principles of “Objective Science” according to Beelzebub.  This includes materials on the sacred primordial Cosmic Laws, the processes of creation–in the beginning, the nature of the ethers, and the mechanisms of evolution and involution which occur within Cosmoses.  Beelzebub’s teachings provide an alternative perspective on the mysteries of life and creation, substantially different from that of the ‘sorry scientists’ of our day.

Lastly, The Slugs elaborates a profound “science of the soul” as outlined by Beelzebub.  This details the processes of the formation of the higher being-bodies and the attainment of Objective Reason.  On all of these subjects, Gurdjieff’s teachings present an absolutely astonishing viewpoint–unlike anything otherwise offered within contemporary psychology, science, religion, history and philosophy.  The Tales soars above almost anything else as an “ultrafantastic book” –examining the “great inscrutable mysteries of Nature.” 

Gurdjieff’s grand Tales are so difficult and sweeping in scope that few writers make the effort to tackle this epic work.  Being a slug myself, but oh what a slug, I should have had a better sense than to take on such a project.  However, casting aside these doubts, my deeper essence-feeling is that The Slugs captures essential themes and teachings of Beelzebub’s Tales and provides a shocking perspective on the state of humankind, the mysteries of creation and the possibilities for human transformation.

Over time, I hope to further expand upon this presentation, as every time that I read Beelzebub’s Tales, I discover so many things new or anew, Gurdjieff’s humour is ever deeper and strange, and the meaning of everything takes on a further significance.  Upon preparing this second edition of The Slugs, I was astonished to reread Beelzebub’s remarks about the causes of war and the role of Hasnamuss individuals, special societies and the sciences of ‘new format.’   In the precarious times in which we live, Beelzebub’s insights into the Hasnamusses, the stock jugglers and the power-possessing and important peoples, the ‘Crats,’ provide a shock to highlight the current archcriminal state of the human race controlled and concocted by such psychopaths and special societies—terrestrial nullities as Beelzebub describes.

Gurdjieff’s masterful Tales can be read and reread and always discloses new meanings and allows for a deeper comprehension—as only a true mystery and master story can do. Beelzebub’s depiction of the life and psychopathology of humankind, his accounts of ancient history and of aliens within the life of the solar system, his travels and observations of humankind are a treasury of tragic-comic humour, blended with cosmic wisdom and spiritual teaching. 

On an individual level: I would like to thank Anita J. Mitra for her cover illustration and other prints within The Slugs, as well as for her love and support through twenty years of our studies of such things as the Tales; James Moffatt, a life long friend and fellow seeker after truth, editor, critic and contributor to my work; Karen T. Hale, who has helped and inspired me to see this book through to its completion, despite the chaos and tragedy we saw around us.  Karen passed away unexpectedly on May 6th, 2011 after being my friend and sweetheart over the past twelve years.  Karen, you will be missed and your shining example in life inspires me to move forward with our struggles for truth and justice in a world gone mad.  Finally, I would like to thank Željka Županić, from Croatia, a gifted designer and sincere soul, who has contributed so significantly in bringing this work to fruition in such a splendid fashion.  I send my Love to you all, special nuts like myself, if you know what I mean.

 Sincerely,

 Christopher P. Holmes, Ph. D.

 May 2011

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