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The inner life and the Tao-teh-king - C. H. A. Bjerregaard- PDF ebook

The inner life and the Tao-teh-king

The inner life and the Tao-teh-king

These chapters were originally lectures to a small, but select company. They are now revised and published for a larger world. They claim not to be exhaustive, but only an attempt in direction of a mystic interpretation of the Tao-The-King, a manner of reading that famous book but little practiced and less understood.

The only proper way of reading that book is in the light of mysticism- The book can certainly not be handled like a Confucian document. I lay no claim to be a Sinologist. I have, however, in many places examined the texts and made translations differing somewhat from others. Elsewhere I have used all the known translations, with which I have usually agreed. It is more than thirty years since I began in this country to call attention to the Tao-Teh-King.
It was then an almost unknown book. Since then, several translations and paraphrases have been published in this country and articles of more or less value have appeared in magazines, but much remains to be done if this treasure is to become known where it ought to be known.

the main difficulty in speaking about the Inner Life is the language that must be used. The medieval and renaissance mystics and occultists were obliged for various reasons to use alchemical language and phraseology to express their wisdom of life because such language was picturesque and easily comprehended by minds of a mechanical and practical turn, minds crude and ignorant of their own psychic powers and processes. Today we have the same difficulty to overcome as the older mystics.
Our audiences are unfamiliar with psychology and so little in the habit of seeing themselves as units, that they really believe themselves to be mere bundles of faculties, forces, and states, and are unable to give an account of their mental, moral and spiritual condition. It is therefore necessary to present the Inner Life as if it were something in space and time.

It is necessary to speak of traveling on paths as if such paths were actual roads; and yet, Inner Life and Outer Life, Traveling and Paths, are only terms of psychic conditions. I shall in this chapter speak of passing over bridges as if I literally meant it. I shall be using realistic language, but not talk about realistic bridges.

I shall talk about psychology. Spiritually understood, there is no Inner Life, there is no Outer Life, there is no Path, no Bridge, No East, No West, no High, no Low what is there? Well, wait till you have read these chapters and you may know! I will now do like the genial boy does who wants to know how his machinery is made and put together the picks it to pieces and examines it. I will likewise pick our deeper life to pieces and try to show what it is and how it works, and, as I proceed, I shall put it together again.


CHAPTER I. The Inner Life and the Tao-Teh-King . . 1- 16
CHAPTER IE. The Inner Life 17- 33
CHAPTER III. Mysticism 34- 58
CHAPTER IV. Simplicity 59- 71
CHAPTER V. The Sage 72- 88
CHAPTER VI Laotzse 89-104
CHAPTER VIL Longevity 105-123
CHAPTER VIII. Nature Worship 124-135^
CHAPTER IX. Tao 136-151 x
CHAPTER X. Teh 152-166
CHAPTER XI. Life, Love, Light and Will 167-180
CHAPTER XII. A Shawnee Tale 182-195
CHAPTER Xni. "Non- Action " 196-210 v
CHAPTER XIV. Nature 211-219
CHAPTER XV. An Appendix on Jean Jacques Rousseau s Ideas. ..220-225 

Author: C. H. A. Bjerregaard
Publication date:1912.

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