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The Tao of Symbols

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Explores the domain where words cease and spirit begins in Hindu, Taoist, Christian and Buddhist psychology and philosophy of language.
Paperback, 255 pages
Published October 1st 1982 by Harper Perennial
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Marianne
Sep 09, 2012 Marianne rated it it was amazing
 
 
 
a Secret making circles
hidden and revealed
hidden and revealed

formlessness becoming form becoming formlessness
ever and always becoming, becoming, becoming

no-time ago, I felt a Oneness moving apart
becoming
aware of Itself, knowing Itself
loving Itself in its abundant splitting off
its abundant splitting off then forgetting
manifesting longing
desire to see itself
to re-member itself
its Self beyond form

then ‘hello, remember me?’
a part of, not apart from?
a confused gaze
a knowing smile
and a Seeke
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Tj
Jan 11, 2009 Tj rated it it was amazing
Highly recommended ! Very Interesting and Mind Expanding and ahead of it's time. The history about the Hopi Indians inspires me to learn more about their culture.
Thank You
Tj =)

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Jul 11, 2010 ジェイムズ・n. パウエル rated it it was amazing
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"Oaks abide. And abiding they are revered, for they reveal that which abides within us.

What frequenter of oak groves at dusk has not felt the abysmal power of their stillness and borne it secretly away into the night?

Oaks abide, and oaks are prayers—their dark hearts leafing outward into the light as surely as human hearts flower inward, following the grain of an even fuller illumination."
Chris
Feb 25, 2008 Chris rated it it was amazing
Beautiful and expansive look at the resonance and limits of symbolism in the traditions of Buddhism, Taoism, indigenous folk religions and many others.
John Fredrickson
Jan 30, 2014 John Fredrickson rated it it was amazing
This is an awesome book. It is hard to know where to start, but it covers an immense amount of ground on the use of words to describe (and limit our perception of) the Word. Ranging from Sanskrit and Hinduism to St John of the Cross, and a myriad of other traditions, the author has produced a book that I look forward to reading again.
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Ali
Jan 08, 2012 Ali rated it it was amazing
It is highly recommwended to readers. Liked the book!
Joan
Jul 08, 2009 Joan rated it liked it
Not quite what I expected. It's a overview of various mystical traditions, and some of the overlapping symbols that belong to them.
Rjyan
Aug 10, 2015 Rjyan rated it liked it
This book is worth reading just for the wicked retelling of the Hopi creation myth near the end. It's a fun kind of tour of various mystical views of language from a couple different cultures and eras, focusing in on going in deep on a few (ancient Vedic mantras, Druidic tree-worship, William Blake's poetry, to name a couple) instead of trying to cover too much, which is welcome and good. Don't focus too much on the subhead on the cover, though ("How to transcend the limitations of our symbolism ...more
James
Jan 25, 2009 James rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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"Oaks abide. And abiding they are revered, for they reveal that which abides within us.

What frequenter of oak groves at dusk has not felt the abysmal power of their stillness and borne it secretly away into the night?

Oaks abide, and oaks are prayers—their dark hearts leafing outward into the light as surely as human hearts flower inward, following the grain of an even fuller illumination."
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