Tales Study

Reading Skills and The Tales

“I have buried in this book certain bones, so that certain dogs with great curiosity and strong scent may dig down to them and, strange thing, when they have done so, are men.” ~ George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff That's the beguiling promise Gurdjieff made. Quite likely it is correct, but the required effort to fathom the gist of The Tales is significant. It begins with learning how to read. If you thought you had that...

How To Read The Tales

The aim of this series of articles is to provide the reader with information that may assist their efforts to profit from reading Gurdjieff’s collective writings. It is no secret that many people find Gurdjieff’s writings difficult. Significant effort is required even to read the First Series, Beelzebub’s Tales to His Grandson, just once. Gurdjieff provides the following advice on almost the first page of the book....