This book is a complex book to read. Indeed the author's warning to read the book three times should be followed. Paragraphs are sometimes elaborate and the language complex with long sentences. The story teller has an advanced language with terms like 'Eternal-Hasnamuss-Individual' or 'Chainonizironess' which sometimes makes it easy to loose the plot of the story. There is no easy reference linking concepts and ideas and the only way to do that is to read the book.
Meaning is attached to various levels of consciousness. The reader stands at awe by the very objective viewpoint and universal scale taken by the author where man is observed as a three-brained being. The book is a flashback on the whole history of mankind and the significance of each epoch on the evolution of human consciousness. Nothing is hidden from the author's eyes. The story of man is told by an ancient highly evolved being revealing all about man and yet much of the wisdom in the book is hidden from the normal reader. The joy of the book is its invitation to come and sit in the presence of Beelzebub with the same exitement and reverence of his grandson. An opportunity to learn and gain new insights should the reader have the courage to seize the moment. The aim of the book is to change the reader by shaking him awake so that he can destroy his own beliefs and views.
For the serious reader this book will stay next to the bed or in the bookcase for many, many years. The book will be there ready to be picked up once again to be read with new insight and understanding...never loosing its relevance or its promise to reveal even more. Intuitively the book projects within it a sacred characteristic with immense authority of knowing.
Gurdjieff (1866?-1949) was an eminently practical philosopher. After a traumatic car accident in 1924 from which he miraculously survived, Gurdjieff decided to transmit all of his lifelong learning into book form, and embarked upon an intensive writing effort that resulted in Beelzebub's Tales to this Grandson.
Gurdjieff advises us to read Beelzebub's Tales to his Grandson thrice, with the open heart of a child listening to a fairy tale. This is not an easy task, for one is dealing here with an account of God, World and Man intentionally composed to provide a self-transforming shock. However, any sincere effort to 'fathom the gist' of this work will provide unexpected benefits. The ultimate impression one recieves is of unsurpassed compassion for the human condition and a heartfelt call to awaken a dormant conscience.
I wish you good hunting in your quest for the Hidden Learning.