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First printed on 26 August 1933 by La Societe Anonyme des Editions de l Ouest, this is the 75th anniversary edition, a reprint of the first edition. This edition has been digitally retypeset and is not a facsimile. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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Don't be put off 1. Mai 2007
Von Ashok Nair - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Taschenbuch
For some reason Herald seems to get a bad rep in Gurdjieff biographies for being both mad and incomprehensible. I disagree with this. I found it just as interesting and challenging as G's other writings. It's written in the same deliberately convoluted style as Beelzebub's Tales which means you have to work at understanding it; but at the same time this is a rewarding process. G figured he had to make his writing difficult in order to jolt the reader out of his rut. The content of the book is basically an announcement of the forthcoming publication of Beelzebub, Meetings and Life is Only Real which he had spent the last decade working on, as well as a short history of his teaching the Work.

As with Beelzebub it's probably better if you already have a familiarity with G's philosophy from someone like Ouspensky.
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Gudjieff as Black Magician 30. März 2004
Von Sophia Wellbeloved - Veröffentlicht auf
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Gurdjieff as Black Magician
In Herald of Coming Good Gurdjieff portrays himself as a black magician in contrast to his role a white magician in Life is Real Only Then When 'I am'.

In terms of Gurdjieff's Law of Three, these books convey two opposing results of the processes expressed in his other two books, Beelzebub's Tales To His Grandson, which expresses a negative or destructive force, and Meetings With Remarkable Men which expresses a positive or creative force. Herald is the expression of a negative result, or in Gurdjieffian teaching terms, a negative third force leading to devolution, while Life expresses the result from a positive or evolutionary third force.
Seen in this way Herald should be included as an important part of Gurdjieff's writing, and though he 'exiled' this book, echoing Beelzebub's exile from the Sun Absolute, readers should ignore Gurdjieff's instructions not to read it. Herald should now be re-embraced back into the sequence of Gurdjieff's writings where it belongs, just as Beelzebub was himself pardoned and allowed to return to the Sun Absolute.
All four of Gurdjieff's books have themes related to time. The Tales shows a continuing devolution from past to present, while Meetings shows Gurdjieff and the Seekers 'reversing time' by returning to the past sources of ancient wisdom via teachings in texts and monasteries. The title of Life is Real Only Then When 'I am', emphasises the eternal present while the Herald Of Coming Good suggests the unreality of the future.
If we look at Gurdjieff's books in this way it makes sense to follow his instructions to read three of them in the order he prescribes, and to disobey his instruction not to read Herald.
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A Question to the previous reviewer 5. Mai 2001
Von Ein Kunde - Veröffentlicht auf
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How do you review a book if if you did not acually read it? The book is essential for understanding Gurdjieff's experimental attitude to the search for esoteric language.Do not be afraid of reading it. Incidentally a quote from THOCG appears in the 'offical' version(Penguin Arkana) of "Life is Real Only Then When 'I Am'" without citation. "No one interested in my writings should ever attempt to read them in any other than the indicated order; in other words, he should never read anything written by me before he is already well acquainted with the earlier works."=Herald p.57
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Read This Book, Even If You Think Gurdjieff Did Not Want You To 29. Januar 2009
Von Daniel Garcia - Veröffentlicht auf
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Gurdjieff may have "recalled" this small book. Read it anyway. As he said, he teaches the way of the "sly man"--the one who sometimes has to "steal" the truth.

What I took from the book:
Gurdjieff's life prior to the closing of the Prieure was in many ways an intentionally artifical life; he was playing a necessary role. He was experimenting upon the members of the Institute for Man's Harmonious Development. The thought that occurs after reading this is that perhaps many of the "exercises" and "teachings" that pupils from that period have related were actually not intended as exercises or teachings at all; rather, they were tools to create desired experimental conditions.

Gurdjieff indicates that he did not get his answers from any religious or monastic orders; rather, he got his answers from his own study of hypnotism and his subsequent experiments (including, but not limited to, those conducted at the Prieure). The book seems to de-emphasize the religious connotations of Gurdjieff's "Work" while emphasizing its psychological nature. The implications given by Gurdjieff are that he gave his "Work" a Theosophical-spiritual garb in order to attract the necessary people for his experiments (Theosophy and spirituality were very popular when Gurdjieff came on the scene). In other words, the "spirituality" apparent in Gurdjieff's teachings is just bait for the fish.

Well, be as it recommendation is to read the book and take what you will from it.
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Cosmic Messenger with a Harmonious Hammer 5. Mai 2012
Von Dr. Marvin L. Woodside - Veröffentlicht auf
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Some of Mr. Gurdjieff is a struggle for me to read and understand. But the depth and weight of of his Truths deserved as much concentration, attention and patience as I could gather. The effort to reach even some levels of this work, was certainly worth it. It covered the aims of his Institute of Harmonious Development. Mr. Gurdjieff aimed for harmony, and many people are thanking him the remainder of their planetary existence for the jewels he selflessly imparted to his groups. The ruthless attack on "Vanity - Self-Conceit" is obviously well-founded; because they seem to me to be the single greatest source of suffering and confusion since the dawn of mankind. Gurdjieff knew people could not do, nor change themselves. He did teach how to allow something to SEE you, perhaps causing shocks, conscious labor and voluntary suffering needed to wake-up and see Objectively- that did indeed change people miraculously. I appreciate being told what is objective- it's hard on the ego; but that self-loving apparatus cares nothing for me.
I keep reading the First Series over and over. His sentence structure, and bizarre discussions had me pull my hair out initially. I wanted to throw it out the window! So I'd retreat to the surgically- clean, often air-tight, intellectually linear, but brilliant works of Ouspensky i.e. 'The Fourth Way', or 'Search'. But the weight and power and multi-leveled 'Objective Hammer' of Gurdjieff's writing has me willing and wishing for deeper understanding. Gurdjieff's writing is in Tiers, Cosmoses, dimensions, parables, and an allegory that make it "All and Everything".
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