The Hasnamuss: a field guide


        "In its widest sense the word 'hasnamuss' designates any three-brained being--whether he has already coated his highest being-parts or consists of his planetary body alone--in whose common presence, under the influence of certain 'individual impulses,' a certain 'something' arises which participates in the 'completed formation' of his independent individuality.

     "This 'something' arises in these cosmic individuals and during the process of the transformation of substances, blends with the crystallizations resulting from the action of the entire spectrum of what are called 'naloo-ossnian impulses.'

     "In accordance with the chief cosmic law, the sacred Heptaparaparshinokh, this 'naloo-ossnian spectrum of impulses' in its original essence consists of seven heterogeneous aspects, from the point of view of 'perceptive productions' and of 'resulting manifestations.'

     "And if these different aspects of the entire 'spectrum' of naloo-ossnian impulses' were described according to the notions of your favorites and expressed in their language, they might be defined as follows:

     1. Every kind of depravity, conscious as well as unconscious;

     2. The feeling of self-satisfaction from leading others astray;

     3. The irresistible urge to destroy the existence of other breathing creatures;

     4. The inclination to free oneself from the necessity of making the being-efforts required by Nature;

     5. The tendency to make use of every kind of artifice to conceal from others what they consider as their physical defects;

     6. The serene enjoyment in the use of what is not personally deserved;

     7. The striving not to be what one is.

     "This 'something' which, together with these 'naloo-ossnian' impulses, arises in the presence of specific individuals is not only the cause of 'painfully retributive consequences' for these individuals themselves but also has the particularity that, whenever one of these 'imperious tendencies' ceases to act in their presence, the radiation proper to one or another aspect of the manifestation of this 'something' has a greater effect on surrounding beings, and becomes a factor for engendering the same in them.

In the common presence of every three-brained being, there can arise during the process of his planetary existence any one of four kinds of independent hasnamuss individual.

     "The first kind of hasnamuss individual is a three-brained being who, while acquiring this 'something' in his common presence, still consists only of his planetary body and who, during the process of the sacred rascooarno is subject to the consequences of the properties of this 'something' in him and is thus destroyed forever such as he is.

     "The second kind of hasnamuss individual is a three-brained being in whose common presence the 'kessdjan body' has already been coated with the participation of that same 'something'; and, as is proper to such a cosmic arising, having acquired the property of 'toorinoorino,' that is, 'nondecompostion' in any sphere of that planet on which he arose, has to exist such as he is, undergoing certain transformations, until this 'something' has been eliminated from him.

     "A hasnamuss individual of the third kind is a three-brained being in whose common presence the highest being-body, or 'soul,' has been coated, again with the participation of this 'something'; and this highest being-body also acquires the property of toorinoorino, but this time corresponding to this highest coating, that is to say, it is not subject to decomposition, either in the spheres of that planet on which he arose, or in any other spheres of the Great Universe.

     "The fourth kind of hasnamuss individual is like the third, but with this difference, that the hasnamuss of the third kind has the possibility of at some time becoming so to say 'cleansed' from this 'something,' whereas for the fourth kind this possibility is lost forever.

     "That is why the fourth kind of hasnamuss is called an 'Eternal Hasnamuss Individual.'


     "For these four kinds of hasnamuss individuals who have this 'something' in their presence, the 'retributive consequences' I have mentioned do not entail the same suffering, but correspond to the nature of each as well as to the 'objective responsibilities' flowing from the original foresight and hope of our Common Father for these cosmic actualizations.

     "For the hasnamuss of the first kind, who acquires this 'something' while consisting only of a planetary body, the decomposition of his planetary body does not proceed according to the general rule; that is to say, all the various sensed impulses in his organism do not stop functioning simultaneously at the approach of the sacred rascooarno, that is, death.

     "But the process of the sacred rascooarno already begins in him during his planetary existence and proceeds in stages, that is, one by one his 'separate spiritualized localizations' gradually cease to function in his common presence--or, as your favorites would say, in such a being first one of his brains with all its functions dies; later on, the second one dies, and only then does the final death of the being occur.

     "In addition to this, after the final death, the disintegration of all the active elements of which the 'planetary body' was formed proceeds much more slowly than usual, and is subject to the inextinguishable action--lessening only in proportion to the volatilization of the active elements--of the 'naloo-ossnian impulses' sensed during his life.

     "For the second kind of hasnamuss individual, in whose common presence the 'kessdjan body' has already been coated, the 'retributive consequences' are that, on the one hand, such an indeed unfortunate arising, freed from the planetary body of a three-brained being, and not having the possibility of perfecting himself independently without a planetary coating, does not succeed in eliminating from his presence this maleficent 'something,' which is not necessarily acquired by his own fault, and which always and in everything in the Universe is an obstacle to the correct flowing of the 'common-cosmic trogoautoegocratic process'; and on the other hand, owing to the property of 'toorinoorino,' that is, not being subject to decomposition in any sphere of that solar system in which he arose, he must inevitably be coated in a new planetary body, usually with the exterior form of a being of a one- or two-brained system; and in view of the generally brief existence of such beings and of his not having time to adapt himself to any one exterior form, he must constantly begin all over again in the form of another being of that planet with all the uncertainty as to the result of this coating.

     "And as for a ghassnamooss individual of the third kind, namely, a three-brained being in whom the highest being-body has been coated, but with this 'something' participating to the extent that he has not lost forever the possibility of freeing himself from it, his fate is still more terrible.  For, as a higher cosmic arising predetermined by the foresight of the First Principle of everything existing to serve as a help in the administration of the enlarging world--who from the moment of his completed formation, even before being perfected in reason, was held responsible for every subjective manifestation, voluntary or involuntary--he has the possibility of eliminating this 'something' from his presence, but solely through the action of the results of intentionally actualized partkdolgduty, that is to say, of conscious labor and intentional suffering.

     "Such a higher being-body must therefore suffer unremittingly, according to the degree of 'cognizance of his own individuality,' until this 'something' is entirely eradicated from his common presence.


     "As a place for the suffering existence of the high orders of hasnamuss individuals, the Higher Sacred Individuals have intentionally allotted from all the large cosmic concentrations four small planets, disharmonized in their subjective functioning and situated in various most remote corners of our Great Universe.

     "One of these four disharmonized planets, called 'Expiation,' is specially prepared for the Eternal Hasnamuss Individuals, and the other three for the higher being-bodies of hasnamusses who still have in their presence the possibility of ridding themselves at some time or other of this maleficent 'something.'

     "These three small planets exist under the names of:

     Remorse of Conscience



     "Here it is interesting to note that from all the highest being-bodies that have been coated and perfected in every kind of exterior form of three-brained being of the whole Universe, only 313 have, so far, reached the planet Expiation, two of whom had their arising on your planet; and one of these is the highest being-body of precisely this Lentrohamsanin.

     "On that planet Expiation, the Eternal Hasnamuss Individuals must constantly endure those incredible torments called 'inkiranondel,' which are like the suffering of 'remorse of conscience' only much more intense.

     "The greatest anguish of this state of the highest being-bodies is that they must always endure these terrible sufferings, fully conscious that there is no hope of their ever coming to an end."


Beelzebub's Tales To His Grandson, by G. I. Gurdjieff, pages 360-62

Viking Arkana Edition, 1992.