On a Spaceship with Beelzebub

By a Grandson of Gurdjieff

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About The Book

An award-winning author's uncompromising and brutally honest inside story of the powerful Gurdjieff Work of self-transformation.
Offers a stirring account of spiritual transformation, as well as a warning of the real dangers inherent in being a member of any spiritual group
Acclaimed author David Kherdian tells us the inside story of the powerful Gurdjieff Work of self-transformation. He describes his interaction with the hierarchy of various groups involved in the Work and tells the inspiring story of his own awakening that will resonate deeply with anyone involved in disciplined spiritual practice. Drawing on his own decades of intense study and application of Gurdjieff's philosophy, Kherdian offers us a stirring account of spiritual transformation, as well as a warning of the real dangers inherent in being a member of any spiritual group.

About The Author

David Kherdian is the author of over 30 books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. His book The Road From Home was nominated for the National Book Award, and he has also won the Newbery Honor Book Award, The Boston Globe/Horn Book Award, The Jane Addams Peace Award, and the Friends of American Writers Award. He lives in California.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Inner Traditions (March 1998)
  • Length: 288 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780892816736

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Raves and Reviews

"A brave attempt to express the inexpressible."

– The New York Times

"One of the very best accounts I've read of actually being a member of a Gurdjieff group."

– Colin Wilson, author of The Outsider and From Atlantis to the Sphinx

"Simple, direct, uncompromising, bluntly even brutally honest. Anyone who has ever been in the Work will be fascinated by this book . . . a genuinely original book."

– John Anthony West, author of Serpent in the Sky

"Kherdians story should be required reading for serious students of Gurdjieff."

– Charles Tart, author of Waking Up and Altered States of Consciousness

"Lively, personal and intense . . . a thoughtful book . . . honest and penetrating."

– Gnosis

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