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کرانه فعال بیکرانگی (The Teachings of Don Juan #12)

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=The Active Side of Infinity
Paperback, 334 pages
Published 2007 by Mitra (Tehran) (first published January 1st 1998)
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J.L.   Sutton
Most of what is presented in one of Castaneda's later works, The Active Side of Infinity, had already been incorporated into earlier works like The Teachings of Don Juan or Journey to Ixtlan. What is different, despite the esoteric title, is that this work is not so much about sorcery or being a shaman, but rather a pointed search of one's memory for significant moments. This is how shamans prepare to make their final journey. If you have heard about Castaneda but haven't yet read the early stuf ...more
Ron Grunberg
Feb 03, 2008 Ron Grunberg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I clicked to review this book from the choices of writings by Casteneda, but really I'm "reviewing" all his books, especially the several early ones I read with great fear and fascination when they first came out. I never really got into the debate over whether they were "real" or not. To me, they were real enough. That is, the stories were hair-raising and frightening for what they were--writing designed to have you question your entire cultural existence.

I remember once when Carlos, the appren
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Greg
"We'll all die in Hollywood."
Journey
Power
Awareness
Infinity
Energy
Horizon
Abyss

"It's only when the mortar hardens that the loose bricks become a structure."

Don Juan to Carlos Castaneda "Don't admire people from afar, that is the surest way to create mythological beings."

"Our victories are fleeting. Sorcerers, however do have the upper hand; as being on their way to dying, they have someone whispering in their ear that everything is ephemeral. The whisperer is death, the infallible advisor, the only
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Lil D
Feb 01, 2012 Lil D rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once the pages were opened, I couldn't put the book down until I reached the end. It was a good recap (and refresher) of CC's earlier books I had read years ago. Whether don Juan Matus and his teachings are fact or fiction didn't matter. What mattered was that Castaneda's spin on existentialism and the human experience presented an explanation to many of our yearning questions on this topic. And more importantly, it resonated with my need to embark on self-discovery and attain higher spiritual a ...more
NEMO
Jan 02, 2008 NEMO rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all
what i find most incredible about Castaneda's works is that feedback from people mainly centers on if he even existed, if Don Juan is real, etc.
it's like finding a planet of starving people, offering them not only a tomato, but the seeds and teaching folk how to grow them.
then the starving masses examine the tomato like it's a grenade and wonder, 'but is it a fruit, or a vegetable?'
and prefer to starve rather than just eat the thing.

tis a puzzlement....as yul brynner said.
'so let it be written.
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Totinc
Jan 07, 2009 Totinc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It facinates me to unknown end how the Shaman are able to understand so much about our universe without ever taking a physics class. The values and experiences shared in this book are powerful enough for one to rediscover God and take a whole new perspective on what is going on around us.
Michael
Feb 18, 2009 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fraud or not This was a life changing book for me. opened up my mind to possibilities and set me on a personal quest of discovery.
Neelima Vinod
I indulged in a bit of weirdness with Carlos Castanada’s The Active Side of Infinity. If you haven’t heard of Castanada, his is an interesting story about an ordinary individual who discovers his esoteric side when he meets a sorcerer called Don Juan. I grew up listening to stories about him and so I expected a lot of magic when I picked up this book, but since this was one of his last in the series, he spoke about the ordinariness of his life and how he used memory as a tool to go to the other ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Oct 06, 2015 Ahmad Sharabiani rated it really liked it
The Active Side of Infinity (The Teachings of Don Juan #12), Carlos Castaneda
مجموعه ی این دوازده کتاب به توالی تاریخ انتشار به زبان اصلی که همه به فارسی ترجمه شده به قرار زیر است

1-The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge (1968)
تعلیمات دون خوان (طریقه ی معرفت نزد یاکی ها) 1365 انتشارات فردوس ـ ترجمه ی حسین نیر
2 - A Separate Reality: Further Conversation with Don Juan (1971)
حقیقتی دیگر (باز هم گفت و شنودی با دون خوان) 1364 انتشارات آگاه، ترجمه ی ابراهیم مکلا
3 - Journey to xtlan: Lessons
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Noah
Jun 09, 2012 Noah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had an immediate effect on me. After he describes the process of collecting memorable events, the recapitulation, and perhaps the part about assessing to whom you are indebted, I woke up one morning with an event from high school in my mind. It had only taken 19 years, but I finally understood how this event that I had interpreted in a negative way at the time was actually this act of love that had surely saved me from grave harm. I had not been thinking about this event at all, it jus ...more
Jack Oughton
Jan 23, 2015 Jack Oughton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, for a long time I'd been trying to get to a point where Carlos Castaneda's work resonates with me. Having started and abandoned many of his previous books, it was NOT easy, but I was sure that if I kept trying, I'd find a book that I liked.

Anyway, this seems to be the one in which finally I 'got' it. Bloody good reading.

So, by my experience I would recommend it to other people trying to get their heads around Carlos' work. Worked for me anyway :)

Though this may just be my experience...

Irv
Oct 04, 2014 Irv rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This struck me as more like leftovers than a capstone to the series, so three stars instead of four or five. A few different phrasings, and it's a quick read, so fans can deal with it, if they can block out the excessive italicization (which I suspect was just CC playing with readers' heads). The core writing technique of all of the don Juan material was slipped into, I think it was Taisha Abelar's book, "The Sorcerer's Crossing" (if not hers then the other female apprentice's): "rearranging sha ...more
CD
Another bright shiny new book that hasn't most likely been read by me.

June 2011

Another box of books has been reopened for cleaning, sorting, and reevaluation and lo and behold, many of the collected works of Carlos Castaneda are part of the contents.

Many years have gone but I remember this author and his works vividly. [Now don't get any ideas as to an allusion I may or may not be making] At some point I stopped purchasing more in the series and put them away. There's a 'blur' factor as I recall
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Nate
May 25, 2007 Nate marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
From Library Journal
Completed shortly before anthropologist-shaman Castaneda's death in April 1998, this book serves as the fulfillment of a task his teacher, the Yaqui Indian sorcerer Don Juan Matus, gave him many years ago, when Castaneda was instructed to collect the significant events of his life. This was not, however, meant as a collection of major milestones in his physical existence but as a selective work describing the transcendent moments and meaningful insights that changed his life
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James Mackay
Jan 08, 2015 James Mackay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a ride. Enjoyed every page and was certainly hard to put down. every time I had to. It has a lot of parallels with some other writers I've been reading like gurdjieff. Don't know what to make about the whole fake or not thing, on one hand I don't think much trace of don Juan would be found but haven't looked much into it yet. Worth the read non the less! Certainly a gripping book.
Janey Colbourne
Feb 03, 2016 Janey Colbourne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the last book Castaneda wrote before he died and I think it is the most significant. Here he realises the most important lessons he has learned as he works through his life's memories.
Tari
Mar 21, 2015 Tari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting ~ we had to read a couple of his earlier books in my anthropology classes in the 70's. I read this book in record time ~ probably a little over a week.
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"Visata turėjo pradžią, o dabar ji sensta, - aiškino žmogus.
-Ir mirs, kaip viskas miršta."
Kaip mirė jis pats, matematiškai patvirtinęs
savo kalbos sintaksę.
Rob
Sep 13, 2007 Rob rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
holy cow. i think castaneda had alzheimers when he wrote this, or maybe he had like a 9th-grader working as an intern for him and the 9th-grader wrote the dumbest, most ridiculous piece of insane crap he could, then tricked castaneda into signing it, then sent it off to the publisher, where the 9th-grader's stoner friend worked as an intern, and the stoner friend got it published by blackmailing his boss.

or something. the only reason i read the whole thing was because i was curious whether the b
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GhitaB
Jun 09, 2016 GhitaB rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My random book this week... Garabage. 200 pages for 4-5 quotes.
Maryanne
Weird as usual! Published in 1998 probably after his death.
Daniel Mazariegos
my favorite book i've ever read very mysterious.
Asami
Nov 15, 2015 Asami rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a nice summation of his life and work
Budd Turner
More philosophy from Castaneda.
Maksims Trivaškevičs
A work of psychodelic genius.
Bryon Medina
Jan 22, 2008 Bryon Medina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Die hard Casteneda fans only.
Is it just me, or have Carlos Castaneda's books devolved by this point? Whereas previous books in the series gave the spiritual warrior techniques and food for thought, this book just feels like bad science fiction. Gone are the unfathomable mysteries and in their place we have mere caricatures of the real Don Juan and Carlos.
The first five books are essential reading in my opinion. This book has the feel of an anomaly to me.
Richard
Oct 15, 2008 Richard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, spiritual
This has been my introduction to Carlos Castaneda's "world". I find my favorite types of books are ones that lead me to question more and more of life. Without a doubt, this one opened the gates to intrigue.

"There are ups and downs of daily living. You win, you lose and you don't know when you win or when you lose. This is the price one pays for living under the rule of self-reflection." ~CC

Shana
Oct 03, 2007 Shana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who is willing to expand their minds beyond the mundane
This book was a complete trip. Carlos Casteneda is brilliant when it comes to explaining and documenting. I recommend reading the first two or three books first though which are "The Teachings of Don Juan," "A Seperate Reality," and "Journey To Ixtlan." You really have to be willing to let your mind go and just take everything for how it is to get the full effect of what Don Juan is explaining to Casteneda.
Elkin
Jul 25, 2007 Elkin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everybody
Excelent book about chammanisn in the north part of mexico. It talks about the teachings of Don Juan, an old chamman with great knowledge of life, magic, nature. It is based on the author experiences with peyote. Great descriptions of other realities we are afraid to look for.

I learn that my ego is my worst enemy and that is why it rejects any kind of spiritual knowledge (awakening) since it may die.
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Carlos Castaneda (December 25, 1925 – April 27, 1998) was a Peruvian-born American author. Immigration records for Carlos Cesar Arana Castaneda indicate that he was born on December 25, 1925 in Cajamarca, Perú. Records show that his surname was given by his mother Susana Castañeda Navoa. His father was Cesar Arana Burungaray. His surname appears with the ñ in many Hispanic dictionaries, even thoug ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Teachings of Don Juan (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge
  • A Separate Reality
  • Journey to Ixtlan
  • Tales of Power
  • Second Ring of Power
  • Eagle's Gift
  • Fire from Within
  • Power of Silence
  • The Art of Dreaming
  • Magical Passes: The Practical Wisdom of the Shamans of Ancient Mexico

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