Tao Te Ching

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Weiser Books, 1995 - Religion - 112 pages
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Crowley's translation of Lao-Tzu's Tao Te Ching was produced in 1918, the result of an astral vision in which Crowley was shown the original codex of the work. Includes a lengthy autobiographical introduction, as well as the Ch'in Chang Ching (Liber XXI, The Classic Of Purity) as an appendix.
 

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Contents

PART
13
The Nature of the Tao 1
15
The EnergySource of the Self
17
Quieting Folk
18
The Spring Without Source
19
The Formula of the Vacuum
20
The Perfecting of Form
21
vn The Concealment of the Light
22
The Cosmic Method
61
Monitorial
62
The Overflowing of Te
63
The Withdrawal from Ambition
64
The Vision of the Distant
65
Oblivion Overcoming Knowledge
66
XLEX The Adaptability of the Te
67
The Estimation of Life
68

The Nature of Peace
23
The Way of Reticence
24
Things Attainable
25
The Value of the Unexpressed
26
The Withdrawal from the External
27
The Contempt for Circumstance
28
The Shewingforth of the Mystery
29
The Appearance of the True Mature
30
The Withdrawal to the Root
31
The Purity of the Current
32
The Decay of Manners
33
Returning to the Purity of the Current
34
The Withdrawal from the Common
35
The Infinite Womb
36
The Guerdon of Modesty
37
The Void of Naught
38
Evil Manners
39
Images of the Mystery
40
The Nature of Mass
41
Skill in the Method
42
The Return to Simplicity
43
Refraining from Action
44
A Warning Against War
45
Composing Quarrel
46
The Wisdom of Te
47
The Discrimination Viveka of Te
48
The Method of Attainment
49
The Good Will of the Te
50
The Hiding of the Light
51
The Right Use of Government
52
PART
53
Concerning the Te
55
The Law of the Beginning
57
Omitting Utility
58
The Identity of the Differential
59
The Veils of the Too
60
The Te as the Nurse
69
The Withdrawal into the Silence
70
The Witness of Greed
71
LTV The Witness of Wisdom
72
The Spell of the Mystery
73
The Excellence of the Mystery
74
LVn The True Influence
75
Adaptation to Environment
76
Warding the Tao
77
The Duty of Government
78
LX1 The Modesty of the
79
The Workings of the
80
LX1II Forethought at the Outset
81
Attending to Details
82
The Purity of the Te
83
Putting Ones Self Last
84
The Tliree Jewels
85
Assimilating Ones Self to Heaven
86
The Use of the Mysterious Way
87
The Difficulty of Right Apprehension
88
The Distemper of Knowledge
89
Concerning Love of Self
90
Establishing the Law of Freedom
91
A Restraint of Misunderstanding
92
The Injury of Greed
93
A Warning Against Rigidity
94
The Way of Heaven
95
A Creed
96
Truth in Covenant
97
Isolation
98
The Shewingfonh of Simplicity
99
Chingching Ching
103
Selected References
109
Index
111
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About the author (1995)

Edmund Ryden teaches at Fujen University in Taiwan. He was the first director of the John Paul II Peace Institute at Fujen University and also teaches human rights at Soochow University.

Aleister Crowley was born Edward Alexander Crowley in Leamington Spa, England on October 12, 1875. His parents belonged to the Plymouth Brethren, a strict fundamentalist Christian sect, so he was raised with a thorough knowledge of the Bible. He attended Trinity College at Cambridge University, but left before completing his degree. He became a member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, an occult society which taught magic, qabalah, alchemy, tarot, and astrology, in 1898, but the group disbanded in 1900. In 1903, he married Rose Kelly, who began entering trance states and sending him messages from Horus, an Egyptian god. These messages formed the first three chapters of The Book of the Law, which introduced Crowley's main concept of Thelema. He founded his own occult society. He was a prolific writer, who published works on a wide variety of topics. His works include The Book of Thoth, The Vision and the Voice, 777 and Other Qabalistic Writings, The Book of Lies, Little Essays Toward Truth, and The Confessions of Aleister Crowley. He also wrote fiction including plays, novels, and poems. His fictional works include Moonchild, Diary of a Drug Fiend, The Stratagem and Other Stories, White Stains, Clouds without Water, and Hymn to Pan. Three of his compositions, The Quest, The Neophyte, and The Rose and the Cross were included in the 1917 collection The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse. He died on December 1, 1947 at the age of 72.

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