Dedicated to all the theists out there, like myself.
God is at THE SUMMIT of the teaching Mr. Gurdjieff brought to us in Beelzebub’s Tales, as it must be because everything comes from God.
Those who claim that the teaching Mr. Gurdjieff brought to us comes from his neurons firing at random in what might be described as a Gaussian probability density function, have absolutely no feeling for the living teaching. They better check the state of their Hanbledzoin or the cosmic substance connecting the thinking center and the feeling center.
God is not an abstraction in Beelzebub’s Tales nor He is the mathematical point of philosophers of logic. God is a Reality and a three-brained Being Who is the Being of beings, as the members of the Society-Akhaldan in Atlantis well understood. Later in the narrative, we see how the Most Saintly Ashiata Shiemash introduces God in a formulation that is unique to the teaching of Mr. Gurdjieff (p. 368):
Ashiata Shiemash then explains that Conscience is the REPRESENTATIV OF THE CREATOR (all in upper-case letter, mind you) in us all three brained-beings of the whole Universe. Here we see the connection between God and CREATOR. And then we can understand why atheists who claim they follow the teaching of Mr. Gurdjieff put so much emphasis on states of consciousness and make almost no reference to Conscience.
Many are the names used for God in Beelzebub’s Tales and among them we have COMMON FATHER; COMMON FATHER CREATOR; ALL-MOST GRACIOUS CREATOR ENDLESSNESS; ALMIGHTY OMNI-LOVING COMMON FATHER UNIBEING CREATOR ENDLESSNESS; ALL-LOVING, ENDLESSLY-MERCIFUL AND ABSOLUTELY-JUST CREATOR-ENDLESSNESS. Again, all these names are in upper-case letter
All this should not surprise us at all. In the Bible (Old Testament and New Testament) many are the names used for God. Here are few of them: JEHOVAH; EL; ELOHIM; EL SHADDAI; ADONAI; SHEPHERD; JUDGE; ABIR; EL ROI; YESHUA; THEOTES; THEOS; ALMIGHTY; HIGHEST and many others
The teaching that Mr. Gurdjieff brought to us in his Legominism All and Everything and very particularly in Beelzebub’s Tales is not an atheistic teaching. In fact, the atheistic teachings introduced in Babylon by the “learned beings of new formation” trying to find the solution to the question of the beyond, this atheistic teaching is objectively and impartially criticized in Beelzebub’s Tales. It is very specifically said in this criticism that “in this teaching by terrestrial Hasnamussian candidates of that time, it was stated that there is no God in the world…”(p. 343), as atheism does until these days.
In Beelzebub’s Tales God is also called the Megalocosmos to indicate the Wholeness of God. Many people have taken this statement as a proof that the teaching of Mr. Gurdjieff is pantheistic in nature. This is a mistake if one considers that Mr Gurdjieff was very adamant to indicate the existence of God outside of us. In his monologue on the edge of the Gobi desert he spoke of a God Who is God of his outer world and in War Meetings he categorically said concerning God:
“No one has seen Him, for the law of contacts is strict.”
If no one has seen Him is because He exits separate from us. Not possibility of pantheism here.
Not only GOD is ALL-LOVING, ENDLESSLY-MERCIFUL AND ABSOLUTELY-JUST CREATOR-ENDLESSNESS but HE is also ALL-MOST GRACIOUS CREATOR ENDLESSNESS. HE is the only one Who forgives sins and grants pardons. In the allegory of Beelzebub’s Tales it is OUR ENDLESSNESS Who grants the second and final pardon to Beelzebub. And HE does it through the intervention of Ashiata Shiemash for some favor Beelzebub did for Ashiata.
But maybe the final proof of the theistic nature of the teaching of Mr. Gurdjieff is the many prayers and personal commandments issuing from our COMMON FATHER (p. 198) and specifically issued to us people from the “Prime-Source-of-Everything-Exiting” (p. 1236), we find in Beelzebub’s Tales and that are not found in In Search of the Miraculous. Of course, the most beautiful and complete of the many prayers is the Hymn to our ENDLESSNESS found in the last chapter of the narrative of Beelzebub’s Tales, on page 1174 of the Book to be more precise.
The teaching Mr. Gurdjieff brought to us is theistic and it is such in the most specific sense of this word, that is to say, as a doctrine concerning the nature of a monotheistic God in His relationship to the Universe.
Of course, one may dismiss all this as part of the fluff (as some people here in Fourth Way LA have hinted) of the teaching and that one has to throw out. But then one will have to content with the fact that Mr. Gurdjieff himself asked to be given his final burial rituals under the Blessings of the Russian Orthodox Church.
A Full Theist