Talks on Beelzebub's Tales
John Godolphin Bennett
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Bennett first read Beelzebub's Tales in 1948. He regarded it as a work of superhuman genius, containing expressions of reality, which, by their very nature, were bound to make severe demands on any reader. With Gurdjieff's approval, he undertook a series of lectures in London focusing on the essential meaning of Beelzebub's Tales. More than commentaries, these "talks" are an invitation into the deeper meanings of Gurdjieff's enigmatic "tales.” This book was compiled and arranged soon after the last years of Bennett's life by Anthony Blake. Now, thirty-years after that initial compilation, Blake gives us a new foreword with contemporary insights into the visionary message of Gurdjieff's “tales to his grandson.” Although Bennett's talks were intended to be a companion to reading and understanding Gurdjieff's masterwork, Anthony Blake's foreword allows even those unfamiliar with Gurdjieff's Tales to begin a journey into the depth of its meaning.