Dedicated to my good friend Mani Gerlach who inspired this post
In some sense, Beelzebub’s Tales to His Grandson is a book of indications, like a cooking book full of recipes. The book indicates to us, the users of the book, a way to transform our world of abnormalities into a world in which normality is the order of the day. Normality is the three brains of a three-brined being or man working in harmony. Further than that, the book also gives us indications of our sorrowful situation in life, we unfortunate three-brained beings of planet Earth, and how we can escape this situation and become true men (or women) again. In this post, I wish to explore the creation myth presented in the first pages of the chapter The Holy Planet “Purgatory” of the book in relation to our predicament. In other words, how the creation myth gives us indications pointing to an important aspect of our situation in life using the language so dear to the hermetic tradition, the language of analogy.
This is Beelzebub creation myth in a nutshell. Before creation of the present World or Megalocosmos, our COMMON-FATHER-CREATOR-ENDLESSNESS existed in HIS place of Residence, our Most Most Holy Sun Absolute, with HIS Cherubim and Seraphim, in an endless space filled with the prime source Etherokrilno. Together with the Sun Absolute and Etherokrilno, independent and separated from them, there existed the flow of Time or, as it is also known, the Merciless Heropass. During the course of Time, our CREATOR OMNIPOTENT once ascertained that HIS place of Residence was gradually diminishing in volume by the action of the Merciless Heropass. “Thereupon our ENDLESSNESS became thoughtful, for in HIS Divine deliberations HE became clearly aware that if this Heropass should so continue to diminish the volume of the Sun Absolute, then sooner or later, it would ultimately bring about the complete destruction of this sole place of HIS Being.” Our CREATOR ALL-MAINTAINER then felt the forced need to create our present World. For that end HE reviewed the two fundamental laws that maintained HIS place of Existence and decided to change the operational characteristics of these two laws, to make their independent functioning dependent on forces coming from the outside. After this change in the two fundamental cosmic laws our OMNIPOTENT ENDLESSNESS CREATOR, by HIS Willful action, sent these two laws together with the Holy Emanation of the Most Holy Sun Absolute or Theomertmalogos into space, creating world after world. The end result was that the system that maintained the Sun Absolute, placed of Residence of our ENDLASSNESS before creation, and known as Autoegocrat ( I maintain myself) began to be called after creation Trogoautoegocrat (By eating I maintain myself), producing the common-cosmic process Iraniranumange or common-cosmic-exchange-of-substances or, as it is also known, reciprocal feeding. Now our ALL-MAINTANING ENDLESSNESS could rest knowing that HIS place of Residence, HIS Body, could not be destroyed by the Merciless action of Heropass.
It would be almost impossible for anyone of us to verify that this was what actually happened before and after creation. That is why we call all this process a creation myth. And yet Mr. Gurdjieff said about his own book Beelzebub’s Tales: “Everything is there. All that exists, all that existed, all that can exist. The beginning, the end, all the secrets of the creation of the world; all is there.” So, it may very well be that Mr. Gurdjieff’s self-remembering was deep enough to remember all that. But we cannot because our self-remembering is very limited. At least I know that mine is. Most of us do not possess the degree of self-remembering that would allow us to penetrate deep inside of us, deep into the subconscious where all of our past is now buried, including the creation myth. But what we can do is to use the description of the myth, as presented to us, in order to work on ourselves. Use it as an indication or pointing finger of our own predicament. Use it as an analogy between the higher and the lower.
In this sense, our predicament or situation is not any different from that of our ALLLOVING ENDLESS CREATOR, the difference is only in scale. Like our ENDLESSNESS our place of residence, our physical body in this case, is being diminished by the merciless action of Heropass to the point of final destruction. And like our ENDLESSNESS we have to feel the forced need to create a new world or new body. Fortunately for us, the body or new body we have to create already exists in us as potential being-body. It would be impossible for us to create it because only our ENDLESSNESS CREATOR can create. We cannot create; we are created beings. What we can and must do is strive for the formation of this body in us. In Beelzebub’s Tales formation of this new body is referred to as “coating the second being-body or body Kesdjan.” Once this body is coated in us, we can then proceed to the coating of still another body, the so-called higher being body or “body of the soul.” This is our actual soul. The term coating is a very good one because it means “a thin layer or covering of something, like a coating of paint.” What we have to do then is to cover the physical body with the second being-body or body-Kesdjan and then the higher being body or body of the soul.
There are many indications in Beelzebub’s Tales, scattered throughout the book, on how to coat the second being-body or body-Kesdjan as well as the higher being body or body of the soul. I am not going to get into that here because the intention of this post is only to bring awareness to the need we have to feel concerning the coating of the body-Kesdjan. There is also a very good and practical book with the title Higher Being Bodies written by Ocke de Boer. I have been very fortunate to work with Ocke throughout the years and I have even attended his group in Holland. I am now lucky to be part of an Online Webinar developed under the auspices of the Theosophical Society in America on Higher Being Bodies. This Webinar is facilitated by Ocke and Gwenn Mayer, also a longtime student of the teaching of Mr. Gurdjieff. I am aware that many in the so-called Gurdjieff Community claim that nothing can replace the in person Gurdjieff groups, more when these groups are their group and their lineage. It may be so but I am also aware that many people around the world, like myself, cannot be part of an in person group simply because of geographical constraints. For them the Internet is a viable approach. I am convinced that if Mr. Gurdjieff were alive he would be using the Internet one way or another. As a true Bodhisattva, he surely was aware of the third vow of the Bodhisattva Way of Life: “I vow to master limitless approaches to Dharma.” I any case I am including a link to the various Webinars on the teaching of Mr. Gurdjieff developed under the auspices of the Theosophical Society in America, including the Webinar on Higher Being Bodies.