Saturday, April 26, 2014

Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu - Derek Lin (Translator and Annotator)

The enduring wisdom of the Tao Te Ching can become a companion for your own spiritual journey.
Reportedly written by a sage named Lao Tzu over 2,500 years ago, the Tao Te Ching is one of the most succinct and yet among the most profound spiritual texts ever written. 
Short enough to read in an afternoon, subtle enough to study for a lifetime, the Tao Te Ching distills into razor-sharp poetry centuries of spiritual inquiry into the Tao the "Way" of the natural world around us that reveals the ultimate organizing principle of the universe.
Derek Lin's insightful commentary, along with his new translation from the original Chinese a translation that sets a whole new standard for accuracy will inspire your spiritual journey and enrich your everyday life.
It highlights the Tao Te Ching s insights on simplicity, balance, and learning from the paradoxical truths you can see all around you: finding strength through flexibility (because bamboo bends, it is tough to break); achieving goals by transcending obstacles (water simply flows around rocks on its way to the sea); believing that small changes bring powerful results (a sapling, in time, grows into a towering tree).
Now you can experience the wisdom and power of Lao Tzu s words even if you have no previous knowledge of the Tao Te Ching. 
Insightful yet unobtrusive commentary that describes helpful historical background, explains the Tao Te Ching s poetic imagery, and elucidates the ancient Taoist wisdom that will speak to your life today and energize your spiritual quest."
[Source: Back Cover of the Book]

 My Comments
There are very few books which I rate 5 out of 5. This book is one such book. 
I am astounded by the wisdom of the ancients which holds true even in modern times.
Though Tao is something which has to be experienced not explained, the author of this book has succeeded to a great extent in providing us excellent pointers towards Tao.
Felt sad to see that such a priceless book had no buyers  and was being sold in a clearance sale at 50 % discount for Rs. 99 when I bought it.


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