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Mark Anjuu wrote: The first part does indeed say a lot about the Force and its nature but the rest of the book offers insights into behaviour, conduct, connections to the Force, and guidance for those that are in a position of responsibility. As such, it is unwise to dismiss it so readily.
I never said dismiss it. The rest of book is also cultural and not significant for somebody who is not looking to be a Taoist.
IF somebody is looking for behavioral guidelines, cross-culture connections, status responsibility, etc, then YES! Read it.
But, if I am doing research about religions to find out what they think about the Force as an abstract concept, then I stop after the first 5 pages.
The Black Wizard ~ Rainbow Chaos Magick ~ Thelemite
I don't see it as an ultimate guide to all things Jedi, but I believe it to offer a better glimpse into the true nature of the Force than the limitations of our language usually allow us to express, and I believe that the wisdom contained within it is worthy of much time and consideration.
Lao Tse wrote: Noble man stay away from conflict, the inferior person always disputes.
Noble man does not need virtue, the inferior person needs virtue.
People fail to realize the Tao, because the mind is always moved by many improper emotions.
Emotions overcome the mind, means the spirit is disturbed.
When spirit is disturbed, then one adheres to the improper things.
When adheres to the improper things, Then desires and pretension takes place.
As desires and pretension takes place, then annoyance and anguish are richened.
Improper desires, annoyance and anguish,
Always pressure and bother the body and the mind.
Sounds pretty Jedi to me. Taoism is one of things I need to spend more time on.
After that you might be interested in the Hua Hu Ching. It's much easier to understand in its direct language but is, IMO, much deeper. (my signature is from that book)
"The sage does little,
but leaves nothing undone."
Lao Tzu wrote it because he was asked to ...
One can read it as one reads a philosophical text -- and not 'get' it.
One can read it as a religious treatise -- and not 'believe' it.
One can read it as an encyclopaedia -- and not 'learn' anything.
One can read it as a lyric poem -- and not be 'moved' by it.
So, put it away -- then you 'get' it.
Laugh at it -- then you 'believe' it.
Forget it -- then you've 'learnt' it.
Look at the World, and at the heavens -- then you may be 'moved' by it ...
Tao Te Ching 41 :
When a superior man hears of the Tao,
he immediately begins to embody it.
When an average man hears of the Tao,
he half believes it, half doubts it.
When a foolish man hears of the Tao,
he laughs out loud.
If he didn't laugh,
it wouldn't be the Tao. Thus it is said:
The path into the light seems dark,
the path forward seems to go back,
the direct path seems long,
true power seems weak,
true purity seems tarnished,
true steadfastness seems changeable,
true clarity seems obscure,
the greatest seems unsophisticated,
the greatest love seems indifferent,
the greatest wisdom seems childish. The Tao is nowhere to be found.
Yet it nourishes and completes all things.
Chaque homme a des devoirs envers l'homme en tant qu'homme.
~ Henri Bergson
Wescli Wardest wrote: Before attempting to tackle the Tao Te Ching, the Book of Five Rings or any of the other Eastern philosophies, I would start by reading…
I started with many encyclopedia entries and articles about eastern religions and philosophies (when I was single-digit years old ). The first "real" book I read in this vein tho was, Hagakure.
Then I read the Tao Te Ching, and I've gotta tell you, my first time thru it didn't do a whole lot for me. They don't say "read" about Taoism tho, do they...they say "study" taoism...and there's a reason for the distinction.
Buddhism...partly because it actually came first, and partly because Taoism, isn't actually a religion...it's a philosophy (of course some people do attribute religious significance to it, but that only shows the extent to which those people don't "get it" lol)