I will have to add this to my to read list. Is this the same I Ching that can be used as an oracle?Resident Librarian mentioned banned books week on another thread, it prompted me to comment ...many civilisations have periodically declared certain tomes dangerous to the state, some have even gone for wholesale book burning.
One of my favourite books - because it challenges me every time I pick it up - is a great survivor of burnings, the I Ching.
It can be read on so many levels, and opens the door to some really left field revelations.
Compared with I Ching, I am more fascinated by astrological readings, like Dane Rudhyar's, though I am Chinese.One and the same.
It's not exactly what you pick up for light reading. I think it was Confucious who was credited with saying that if he had another lifetime over, he would devote it to the study of the I Ching - and he was already one of its most ardent students!
In fact he added many layers of text. The book has formed by accretion, gaining more and more text over time. It has been used as a formula for governance, and much of what Confucious added was aimed at directing appropriate social behaviour. But it is not just about social order. It can be interpreted on so many nesting levels ie. layers of explanation that adopt the same pattern, in the same way fractals are repeated at every level at which they are examined.
It is a treatise of analogous relationships - the ultimate pattern handbook, and utterly fascinating to my pattern driven mind. If you care to listen it will explain that this is like this as this is like this - it breaks all phenomena down into 64 essential states. 64 dynamic ways of being, and the nuances thereof.
Another of the I Ching's great students was Jung himself, who found the book an invaluable companion when exploring the complexities of the human psyche. It surpasses ordinary language, distilling everything to the ultimate qualitative essence.
I would recommend the book Tao of Chaos by Katya Walter if you want to pick up a volume that can help explain the I Ching. If you look for a copy of the I Ching itself, then the Wilhelm-Barnes translation is popular with most readers.
I think it is the perfect tool for honing the intuitive capacities if the NT types.
Ever read Night by Elie Wiesel? I think you would really like that book. Oh, and most anything by Richard Wright.What are your favorite books?
Some of mine are:
"Disco Bloodbath" James St James
"Anthem" Ayn Rand
"1984" George Orwell
Will add more as I think of them...
I think that's the secret of any book that holds my attention - I like plenty of space for reading between the linesCompared with I Ching, I am more fascinated by astrological readings, like Dane Rudhyar's, though I am Chinese.
I have a few books on I Ching written by one who is good at fortune telling (I do not prefer to call "it" fortune telling actually, but I cannot find a perfect word. You name it, ^_^).It is a shame I did not read them. It is easier to understand those materials in English than in Chinese or even in Ancient Chinese, although English translation cannot fully decipher the originals. Never mind, NT types can read between lines, I think.
Jung's biography is one of my favorites.
Hesse is very good. I've finished Narcissus, Steppenwolf and Siddhartha but never tried Demian. Probably will... Sandman is good too and Nietzche's Thus Spake Zarathustra was funny.Most of it has already been metioned but some of my favourites are:
Demian by Hesse
Steppenwolf by Hesse
Stranger in a Strange Land by Heinlein
Also Sprach Zaratustra by Nietszche
Dragonlance first and second trilogies
Truth and Juridical Forms by Foucault
A brief History of Time by Stephen Hawkin
Some comics (Sandman, Berserk)
I humbly suggest that you do read Demian, if you like Hesse you will find it SO good.Hesse is very good. I've finished Narcissus, Steppenwolf and Siddhartha but never tried Demian. Probably will...
What characters do you like from Terry Pratchett's books? I love Death, the Librarian, Windle Poons and Greebo.I don't read as much as I should, but my bookshelf(one shelf, actually, if I get around to reading more perhaps I'll make it *gasp* TWO shelves!) contains Terry Pratchett books - Pyramids, Monstrous Regiment, Reaper Man, and Feet of Clay(haven't read the last one yet) - Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman(quite possibly my favorite book ever), a Children's Bible(with adorable pictures :3 ), The Little Book of Voodoo, Some political books by Bernie Goldberg, Mark Levin, and Bill O'Reilly, and my most recently read, East of Eden. I cried at the end, I admit it.