Sunday, July 13, 2014

Simple? Yes!

This author is of the well-reflected view that Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching was written around 400-500BC on BC era cycle. And that we as a global culture are again approaching the identical period on AD era cycle.

What the above in practice means is that just as a person will understand love better when he himself reaches youth, similarly, Tao Te Ching can be understood better now when the present global culture cycle is again reaching the identical period to the BC era cycle in which it was first written.

Secondly, this is neither a translation of the original Tao Te Ching nor yet a commentary on it. It is just an effort to present it in a more simple way at least as the author sees it.  Read, appreciate, tell others if you like, ignore if you do not.

Third, the original English text on which this writing is based is taken from and Tao Te Ching: Annotated & Explained, published by SkyLight Paths in 2006 and translated into English by Derek Lin.

*Bertrand Russell in his book A History of Western Philosophy divided the AD era global cultural cycle from AD 0 to the present (20th century) as: Dark to Middle Ages, The Age of Romanticism and The Age of Reason. This author is of the opinion (based on his own book Self-Designed Universe which explains whole evolution in terms of myriad four-phased cycles each in terms of four basic forces or interactions) that post 20th century we are going beyond the Age of Reason and entering what he calls The Age of Intuition/wisdom. Same happened post Aristotle in BC era cycle, that is around BC 400-500, when in East such books as Tao Te Ching, Bhagavad Gita were written. So in a way we are now again entering identical periods to BC era period.