The Very Saintly Ashiata Shiemash


   The Legomonism Concerning the Deliberations of the Very Saintly Ashiata Shiemash under the Title of "The Terror of the Situation"


     "The legomonism," Beelzebub continued, "through which the deliberations of the Very Saintly Ashiata Shiemash were transmitted began with the following prayer:


     "'In the name of the Cause of my arising, I will always strive to be just toward every already spiritualized source and toward all sources of future spiritualized manifestations of our Common Creator, Almighty Autocrat Endlessness.  Amen.


     "'To me, a trifling particle of the whole of the Great Whole, it was commanded from Above to be coated with the planetary body of a three-centered being of the Earth in order to help all other such beings arising and existing upon it to free themselves from the consequences of the properties of that organ which, for great and important reasons, was implanted in the presence of their ancestors.


     "'All the Sacred Individuals before me who were intentionally actualized from Above, while striving for this same aim, have always endeavored to accomplish the task laid upon them through one or another of the three sacred ways for self-perfecting foreordained by our Endless Creator Himself, that is, through the sacred ways based on the being-impulses called 'Faith,' 'Hope,' and 'Love.'


     "'When I had completed my seventeenth year, I began, as commanded from Above, to prepare my planetary body in order, during my responsible existence, to be able to be impartial."


Beelzebub's Tales To His Grandson, by G. I. Gurdjieff, page 322.


     "'And in the course of a year of special observations of all their manifestations and perceptions, I made it categorically clear to myself that although the factors for engendering in their presence the sacred being-impulses of Faith, Love, and Hope had completely degenerated in the beings of this planet, nevertheless, the factor that should engender that being-impulse on which, in general, the whole psyche of beings of a three-brained system is based, namely, the impulse existing under the name of "Objective Conscience," was not yet atrophied in them, and remained in their presence almost in its primordial state.


     "'Thanks to the abnormally established conditions of ordinary external being-existence here, this factor gradually sank into that consciousness of theirs which they call the "subconscious," and as a result, it takes no part whatever in the functioning of their ordinary consciousness.

     "'Well, I then understood beyond all doubt, with all the separate discriminating parts making up the whole of my "I," that only if this being-factor still surviving in their common presence were to participate in the general functioning of the consciousness under whose direction they pass their daily, as they call it, "waking existence"--only then would it be possible to save the contemporary terrestrial three-brained beings from the consequences of the properties of that organ which was intentionally implanted in their first ancestors.


Beelzebub's Tales To His Grandson, by G. I. Gurdjieff, page 327-28. (see chapters 26, 27 and 28 for full treatment of this major figure.)


Viking Arkana Edition, 1992.