Monday, 23 April 2012

Tao Te Ching

Tao Te Ching is the book of most profound wisdom that has ever dawned upon humanity. Its creator is not clearly known but Laozi, who is also known as Lao-tse is most widely considered to be its author. Laozi was an enlightened master who used to live in ancient China in the times of Confucius. Tao Te Ching means "The Way." It's the foundation of philosophy of Taoism.

I love this book because it's full of most subtle wisdom and seems to be full of paradoxes which cannot be realized unless someone has attained a great degree of realization himself. The book consists of 81 verses pregnant with transcendental wisdom.
The very first verse is exquisite and paradoxical:

Verse 1:

The tao that can be told
is not the eternal Tao
The name that can be named
is not the eternal Name.

The unnamable is the eternally real.
Naming is the origin
of all particular things.

Free from desire, you realize the mystery.
Caught in desire, you see only the manifestations.

Yet mystery and manifestations
arise from the same source.
This source is called darkness.

Darkness within darkness.
The gateway to all understanding.

In very few words, this book points towards Truth about life, death, politics, skills and so many things of utmost importance. Its comely verses seem like soothing music in the cacophonies of the world. The book has rare quality of conferring meditative bliss upon its readers.
Look at the Verse 9, which so beautifully points towards importance of moderation:

Fill your bowl to the brim
and it will spill.
Keep sharpening your knife
and it will blunt.
Chase after money and security
and your heart will never unclench.
Care about people's approval
and you will be their prisoner.

Do your work, then step back.
The only path to serenity.

This book is indeed for those who like mysticism, philosophy, spiritualism and poetry. This very book is the reason why Laozi is regarded as highly as Buddha or Jesus. This book gives you solace, wisdom and bliss and never ceases to surprise you with its profundity.

I highly recommend this book for everyone.

Let me end with the Verse 2:

When people see some things as beautiful,
other things become ugly.
When people see some things as good,
other things become bad.

Being and non-being create each other.
Difficult and easy support each other.
Long and short define each other.
High and low depend on each other.
Before and after follow each other.

Therefore the Master
acts without doing anything
and teaches without saying anything.
Things arise and she lets them come;
things disappear and she lets them go.
She has but doesn't possess,
acts but doesn't expect.
When her work is done, she forgets it.
That is why it lasts forever.

The translations of verses have been taken from S. Mitchell's work. Today is the International Day of The Book.

See other book reviews here: 
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                                                    The Power of Now
                                                     Guru Nanak--Jairam Mishra 

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2012 Doomsday Potpourri!

2012 Phenomenon, as we know it, is a potpourri of most amusing type, bound by something inherent to humans: Fear of extinction. The same fear drives us to look for escapes from death.

There are many factors which have contributed to the creation of this great 2012 Phenomenon. Any of the following factors and possibilities or many of them together might have contributed to this crisis. It's not an exhaustive list.

1. Some people want to take advantage of unique situation, which was not so unique but made to appear so by their painstaking and meticulous efforts. 2012 Phenomenon has made some people rich, especially doomsday prophets, Astrologers, Conspiracy Theorists and Psychics. More the fear such people can induce in the psyches of incredulous people, more the sales of stuffs like books, gems and amulets. This has been proven true by doomsday predictions in past. Pralaya, apocalypse, extinction is predicted to happen in next 4, 5 or 10 years and until then you can prepare by buying a lot of books, gems, articles, memberships and charms in order to try to save yourself and make these self-proclaimed messiahs and prophets rich.

The subconscious part of human mind has played a role in supporting this market. Had it not been for fear of unknown, humans would not have started worshipping deities. Much of what has been part of culture in form of superstitions has translated into the Doomsday market, no matter how scholarly and scientific minded subscribers seem to be.

2. There indeed is an imminent danger to our survival and we are all going to die and there is no escape for anyone as inevitable doom waits in dark. In that case, most perceptive individuals are just warning us to wake up from our sleeps and do best possible in the time which is left. It's similar to the situation in which you have 6 months left before you die and you try to make most of those six months and live to the fullest.
3. There is going to be an apocalypse but it will not annihilate humanity. Only a few would be left. In that case, just try to figure out what makes you 'qualified' for survival. Another rat race, but of most peculiar nature.

4. Dramatically, some new-age self-proclaimed gurus never get exhausted with use of frequency of vibration and ascension. This seems to be an interpretation with most intriguing catch-22. According to them, there will be an ascension of planet earth on Dec 21, 2012, exactly at 11:11 A.M. ( EST, IST, PST, I really don't know what!), in which earth will move to another plane of higher vibration frequency which will be divine. Those who are not prepared will feel no change because there will also be this earth, this old solid earth which is a nightmare. This earth will become more and more nightmarish after the ascension because all left here will be persons who are vibrating with a very low frequency. Those who would attain ascension will live in harmony forever in a 5-dimensional world. Looks like a Sci-fi script? Yes, it does.
How to increase your frequency of vibration? Well, surrender to new-age gurus. Increase their bank balances and follow what they say. The catch-22 is--if you meet these so called experts and gurus after the event, they will tell you that their higher selves have already ascended and so have yours and what is left is lower selves on this low frequency earth. There is absolutely no way to verify except that there might be more and more catastrophes.

5. There are some conspiracy theorists who suggest that Illuminati wants to overtake the world and create 'New World Order' in the name of 2012 Phenomenon. They will somehow create catastrophes and then try to solve problems by inviting all governments under one umbrella. That umbrella will be one world government and there will be just two classes: Illuminati, the rulers and all others, slaves--the ruled ones.

There might be many other factors and I would like to hear what you have to say.

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