The Chinese Gnosis
A commentary on the Tao Te Ching
Catharose de Petri and Jan van Rijckenborgh
The Tao Te Ching is explained by the authors as a Gnostic writing. Gnosis is the inner knowledge that leads the seeker on the inner path of redemption. The Tao Te Ching is shown by Catharose de Petri and Jan van Rijckenborgh to contain everything that the searcher for the truth needs. In their words: 'Every pupil on the path must read and reread the Tao Teh Ching. Why? The Other, for whom Tao is destined, is caught in you and you can release him by letting him awaken in you, by self-surrender in wu wei.' In this volume the authors comment on the first 33 of the 81 verses of Tao Te Ching.
The ancient Chinese text, the ‘Tao Teh Ching’, attributed to the philosopher Lao Tzu, has survived the ravishes of time and is said to be older than the Egyptian culture. Originally written in the Chinese ideograph medium, which uses graphic symbols rather than words, many attempts have been made to translate this work, but very few provide a spiritually enlightening commentary or explanation for the pupil on a Gnostic path. The Tao Teh Ching is a brief text consisting of only 81 short chapters, yet it is so charged with meaning that it contains all knowledge the seeker for liberation needs to know.
In this book, the co-authors, Jan van Rijckenborgh and Catharose de Petri, not only ‘unveil’ this hidden symbolic language for the reader, bringing its spiritual relevance into the present, but show us how the same fundamental truths that have always remained part of the Universal Wisdom throughout human history.
Measuring our current state of being against that which Lao Tzu calls ‘the Only Good’, the reader is not only brought to the same reality that Jesus portrays in the words, ‘there is non good, not one’, but also, through these same words of Lao Tzu, is shown the wonder and beauty that awaits all those who begin to understand.
Read Quotes from this book...
Being and Not Being
Tao, the Great Power at the Heart of All Things
Love Your Enemies