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Book Title: The Herald of Coming Good|
The author of the book: G.I. Gurdjieff
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 914 KB
Edition: Book Studio
Date of issue: August 1st 2008
ISBN 13: 9780955909030
Read full description of the books The Herald of Coming Good:I took a while to get to this book because Gurdjieff had requested that no one read it. But after reading everything else he has ever written, I felt I could give myself permission. I don't see what the big deal is. It's a short book. It gives some very good very general overview of some of his very basic primary ideas. In summary: thoughts, emotions, and actions need to coincide and work together. It is very hard to do this. Most people act purely as reaction, are completely mechanical, blah blah blah. Second main point: the primary evil of humanity is vanity (read, egotism). My opinion: these ideas are fine in and of themselves, and aren't really that revolutionary. Of course, in characteristic manner, Gurdjieff takes as much time as possible to get to the point, and in as round-about manner as possible. He seems to take a special joy in making as convoluted sentences as possible. It is a purposeful challenge to the readers. And I get it, he wants to develop concentration in his readers, lengthen our "criminally" short attention span. But at times, it seems unnecessary confusion. I mean, I was able to get it, after struggling through his Beelzebub earnestly. You get used to it. You develop the skill of cutting through the bullshit and getting to the crux of things. But at the end of the day, not much is said. Or maybe what is most important has been said.
All the same, I get the feeling that Gurdjieff is himself subject to a very special, very subtle, and very insidious sort of vanity. At one point he stresses that there is no prescribed system that will work for every individual, and anyone who claims such is a delusional liar. And then he immediately proceeds to tout his own system as a cure-all for everyone. Seemed like a strange about-face for me. And then he spends, here and there, about a third of the book grumbling about people who he feels have slighted him, and grumbling about his problems and making excuses. And it starts to get annoying when he constantly insists that everything he has to say is absolutely, 100% objective and impartial, and that every conclusion he has come to is incontrovertible by anyone for all of time. Again, seems a bit vain. And then there is his repetition of synonyms for the purpose of making his sentences more complicated, but which add no value to his propositions. Repetition repetition repetition. And taking f*ing forever to get to the point. And then complaining about how nothing is his fault.
Don't get me wrong. I love Gurdjieff and his writings. But like many of my favorite authors, they are highly complex individuals, with their own faults and complexes. I recommend his works as platforms for personal contemplation, but as with all things, to be taken with large grains of salt.
Read information about the authorGeorges Ivanovich Gurdjieff (Armenian: Գեորգի Իվանովիչ Գյուրջիև, Georgian: გიორგი გურჯიევი, Greek: Γεώργιος Γεωργιάδης, Russian: Гео́ргий Ива́нович Гюрджи́ев, Georgiy Ivanovich Gyurdzhiev, or Gurdjiev) was an influential Greek-Armenian mystic, spiritual teacher of the early to mid-20th century, and a self-professed 'teacher of dancing'.
He taught that the vast majority of humanity lives their entire lives in a state of hypnotic "waking sleep," but that it was possible to transcend to a higher state of consciousness and achieve full human potential. Gurdjieff developed a method for doing so, calling his discipline "The Work" (connoting "work on oneself") or "the Method." According to his principles and instructions, Gurdjieff's method for awakening one's consciousness is different from that of the fakir, monk or yogi, so his discipline is also called (originally) the "Fourth Way." At one point he described his teaching as being "esoteric Christianity."
At different times in his life, Gurdjieff formed and closed various schools around the world to teach the work. He claimed that the teachings he brought to the West from his own experiences and early travels expressed the truth found in ancient religions and wisdom teachings relating to self-awareness in people's daily lives and humanity's place in the universe. The title of his third series of writings, Life Is Real Only Then, When 'I Am', expresses the essence of his teachings. His complete series of books is entitled All and Everything.
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