Awesome Book Review!
Review- 3 out of 5 stars
Amazon Review- 4.5 out of 5 stars
Price- 9.99 paperback, 16.98 hardback
Author- Lao Tzu, translated by Stephen Mitchell
Publisher- Harper Perennial Modern Classics
Pros- Short read, historical, a book needed if you want to join A∴A∴, very eastern mysticism
Cons- In my opinion a little dry, hard to understand for the student, very eastern mysticism (yes that is in both sections!)
Where to Buy- Amazon
A Book for Mystics
The Tao Te Ching is a book for mystics for sure! It has a wealth of knowledge, wrapped up in mystical ideas that permeate much of how the Eastern people used to think, and even how some think today. It is a shame that communist China has tried to eradicate this past, because we can in fact learn a lot from it.
Because it is a book for a more mystical minded person, especially those who like eastern mysticism, it can go over the heads of some readers. This is why it is both a pro and a con.
Eastern thoughts are quite different from western ones, and for those of us who have studied under a more western type school, we may have trouble understanding what the book is saying. I still recommend it, though, especially so that you may study and try to learn what the book is saying.
Short Read but Wealth of Knowledge!
One of the amazing things about this book is how short it is, but how much knowledge it contains within those few pages. You get so much for your money when you buy this book!
Eastern Mysticism can be wrapped up in this book, and if you studied one ancient text of the Eastern Religions, this is the one you should go for!
I have embedded a video below for your convince, that way you can see what others are saying about this awesome book!
Book for those who want to join the A∴A∴
One of the main reasons the student of the Occult would want this book is because it is a required reading text for the Student who wants to join A∴A∴.
This book helps bring an Eastern Perspective to this magickal school of thought, and Crowley actually spoke very highly of the book, and was shocked that many in his time did not like it very well.
So if you plan on joining this school of Magick, I highly recommend going ahead and buying this book, because you will end up needing it!
There is a History that Communism tried to Destroy
Along with many teachings of ancient beliefs and religions, the communist government during the reign of Mao, and some would argue they are still, tried to eliminate all traces of them. It was a dark time for China. This book made it out of that purge because it was already published outside of China, thank goodness.
So now that when you have this book, you may be pissing off some communist that reside in China, and I think that is a win for everyone, considering what China is doing to Hong Kong right now. I now that is a little political, but I’m a pretty political person, and have strong emotions toward China and Hong Kong so yeah, sorry about that, only I’m not sorry!
As a history lesson, I’ll leave an interesting video on what Communist China has done to its history below.
Who is this for?
1. The Mystic
3. Thelema Practitioner
4. Those wanting to Join a magick school of thought
5. Those who like ancient Chinese Beliefs
Who is this not for?
2. Those not interested in Eastern Mysticism
3. Those who have shut themselves away from spirituality
So ultimately, this book is for anyone who is interested in ancient text, and likes to study eastern mysticism. For those who want to join the Magickal School created by Crowley, this book is absolutely needed! I suggest you go ahead and get it while you can!
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