Subscribe for Newsletters and Discounts
Be the first to receive our thoughtfully written
religious articles and product discounts.
Your interests (Optional)
This will help us make recommendations and send discounts and sale information at times.
By registering, you may receive account related information, our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
.
By subscribing, you will receive our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. All emails will be sent by Exotic India using the email address info@exoticindia.com.

Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
|6
Sign In  |  Sign up
Your Cart (0)
Best Deals
Share our website with your friends.
Email this page to a friend
Books > Philosophy > Yoga > Meditations on the Way (A Contemplative and Personalized Study of the Tao Teh Ching)
Subscribe to our newsletter and discounts
Meditations on the Way (A Contemplative and Personalized Study of the Tao Teh Ching)
Pages from the book
Meditations on the Way (A Contemplative and Personalized Study of the Tao Teh Ching)
Look Inside the Book
Description
About the Book

The book is a journal of a series of thirty group-participation meditations conducted by Guru Nitya Chaitanya Yati in February and March of 1980 at the East West University branch in Fernhill, Ootacamund in the Blue Mountains of South India. The meditations were based on the first thirty chapters of the Tao The Ching of Lao Tzu.

Lao Tzu, who wrote the verses upon which the present meditations were based, was a sage who lived twenty five centuries ago in China. It is miraculous how his passing thoughts can reach through so much time and space to shed light on the unique meanings embodied in each of our lives today. The sage is one who can encapsulate Truth in seed-form, and those seeds can centuries later still be planted in the fertile field of any searching mind.

Guru Nitya Chaitanya Yati, who conducted the meditations, was a living Guru, a teacher not primarily in the sense of transmission of information, but in the sense of having a rare ability to awaken and inspire others to a discovery and cultivation of the wisdom within themselves. A living Guru is like a benevolent gardener tending to each plant according to its individual needs, excesses, and potentialities.

Foreword

Dear friend, the book you are holding in your hands is very special, not just because of what those of us, who contributed, put into it, but because of what you, yourself, can add to it and make out of it. If there is such a thing as "wisdom," it is only real to the extent that it is recognized and becomes dynamic within each of us individually. The dynamism of wisdom is that it ceaselessly conduces to the happiness of oneself and to the enrichment of the community of which one is a part. This, indeed, is the distinction between wisdom and mere knowledge.

The source of wisdom is not anywhere to be found in the outside world. It is an innate factor within each person, though its "still small voice" is often drowned out or ignored in the bluster and bustle of transactional life, which when lived un-contemplatively tends to degenerate into a knee-jerk series of stimuli and responses, conducing more toward anxiety and frustration than toward peace and fulfillment. When Socrates voiced the truth that "an unexamined life is not worth living," it was not his intention to fill the coffers of academic institutions but to awaken each of us, wherever we stand and in whatever path or "walk of life," to the rich source of transformative wisdom within ourselves which has the power to illuminate our own particular inmost goals and values and to guide us along the surest paths to their attainment.

It is the grand paradox of wisdom that it is rooted in a truth which is universal, and yet it never flowers in the same way twice. At the sight of the rising of the oneself same sun, countless birds each burst forth into their own unique songs. Similarly, inspired by the drawing of the universal and eternal light of wisdom within, each of us weaves brand new patterns into the fabric of our common life.

This, indeed as you shall see, was the process through which the meditations documented in this book unfolded, and this, in turn, is how you, in reading them, can take them still - one step further through your own insightful interpretation and application. I only wish the book itself could grow and reflect the contributions which each careful reader will wittingly or unwittingly add to it.

The book is a journal of a series of thirty group participation meditations conducted by Guru Nitya Chaitanya.

Yati in February and March of 980 at the East West University branch in Fernhill, Ootacamund in the Blue Mountains of South India. The meditations were based on the first thirty chapters of the Tao Teh Ching of Lao Tzu. The translation used was that of D. C. Lau (Penguin Books, Middlesex, England,!967). There are other excellent translations, such as by Lin Yutang (Modern Library) and Gia Fu Feng (Vintage Books). The text of the verses are numbered and indented for easy identification within each meditation.

Lao Tzu, who wrote the verses upon which the present meditations were based, was a sage who lived twenty five centuries ago in China. It is miraculous how his passing thoughts can reach through so much time and space to shed light on the unique meanings embodied in each of our lives today. The sage is one who can encapsulate Truth in seed- form, and those seeds can centuries later still be planted in the fertile field of any searching mind.

Guru Nitya Chaitanya Yati, who conducted the meditations, is a living Guru who is a teacher not primarily in the sense of transmission of information (though he also represents a wealth of that), but in the sense of having a rare ability to awaken and inspire others to a discovery and cultivation of the wisdom within themselves. A living Guru is like a benevolent gardener tending to each plant according to its individual needs, excesses, and potentialities. Such treatment is also evident in the following pages.

Those of us who participated in the six month semester of the East West University, of which these group participation meditations were a part, come from several countries (U.S., Australia. India, and Belgium), make our livelihoods in a wide range of occupations (carpentry, teaching, fire-fighting, interior design, auto-mechanics, educational administration, parenting, gardening, and a mysterious though perhaps all- inclusive category which can only be called Divine Dispensation), and represent several different religious affiliations and preferences (Christian, Moslem, Hindu. Buddhist, and Taoist). Yet each of us felt directly spoken to and personally benefitted by hearing the words of Lao Tu. sharing our images, impressions, and interpretations with each other, and listening to the reflections of Guru Nitya.

Very early on in this series of medications, the line of division between the three above-mentioned roles of Sage, Living Guru, and Participating Student, all became very fluid and eventually non-existent. Like Chuang Tzu, who awoke from a dream of being a butterfly with the plausible doubt that perhaps he was actually a butterfly dreaming it was Chuang Tzu, similarly we could not ascertain if we were reliving the thoughts that illuminated the life of Lao Tzu or if Lao Tzu was coming again to life as our thoughts. In previous classes we had awaited the comments of Guru Nitya in order to hear the "final word" on some matter of concern or doubt. But through these meditations we discovered that same unfaltering Word of the Guru arising within ourselves and realized that it is and always had been this inner Guru which ultimately interprets and registers assent or dissent even when we listen to the words of a Guru outside.

Listening to each other as well as to ourselves revealed how sometimes radically different interpretation can be given to the same idea or situation, each of which has a great validity within its own frame of reference. We began to look to ourselves and each other with a new appreciation and openness. Although the specific content of each meditation is a treasure in itself, the greatest benefit of participating in these meditations was the intimate familiarization they afforded us with the Sage, Guru, and Seeker within ourselves and each other.

**Contents and Sample Pages**








Meditations on the Way (A Contemplative and Personalized Study of the Tao Teh Ching)

Item Code:
NAU760
Cover:
PAPERBACK
Edition:
2004
Language:
English
Size:
8.50 X 5.50 inch
Pages:
130
Other Details:
Weight of the Book: 0.14 Kg
Price:
$19.00   Shipping Free
Look Inside the Book
Add to Wishlist
Send as e-card
Send as free online greeting card
Meditations on the Way (A Contemplative and Personalized Study of the Tao Teh Ching)
From:
Edit     
You will be informed as and when your card is viewed. Please note that your card will be active in the system for 30 days.

Viewed 341 times since 29th Nov, 2019
About the Book

The book is a journal of a series of thirty group-participation meditations conducted by Guru Nitya Chaitanya Yati in February and March of 1980 at the East West University branch in Fernhill, Ootacamund in the Blue Mountains of South India. The meditations were based on the first thirty chapters of the Tao The Ching of Lao Tzu.

Lao Tzu, who wrote the verses upon which the present meditations were based, was a sage who lived twenty five centuries ago in China. It is miraculous how his passing thoughts can reach through so much time and space to shed light on the unique meanings embodied in each of our lives today. The sage is one who can encapsulate Truth in seed-form, and those seeds can centuries later still be planted in the fertile field of any searching mind.

Guru Nitya Chaitanya Yati, who conducted the meditations, was a living Guru, a teacher not primarily in the sense of transmission of information, but in the sense of having a rare ability to awaken and inspire others to a discovery and cultivation of the wisdom within themselves. A living Guru is like a benevolent gardener tending to each plant according to its individual needs, excesses, and potentialities.

Foreword

Dear friend, the book you are holding in your hands is very special, not just because of what those of us, who contributed, put into it, but because of what you, yourself, can add to it and make out of it. If there is such a thing as "wisdom," it is only real to the extent that it is recognized and becomes dynamic within each of us individually. The dynamism of wisdom is that it ceaselessly conduces to the happiness of oneself and to the enrichment of the community of which one is a part. This, indeed, is the distinction between wisdom and mere knowledge.

The source of wisdom is not anywhere to be found in the outside world. It is an innate factor within each person, though its "still small voice" is often drowned out or ignored in the bluster and bustle of transactional life, which when lived un-contemplatively tends to degenerate into a knee-jerk series of stimuli and responses, conducing more toward anxiety and frustration than toward peace and fulfillment. When Socrates voiced the truth that "an unexamined life is not worth living," it was not his intention to fill the coffers of academic institutions but to awaken each of us, wherever we stand and in whatever path or "walk of life," to the rich source of transformative wisdom within ourselves which has the power to illuminate our own particular inmost goals and values and to guide us along the surest paths to their attainment.

It is the grand paradox of wisdom that it is rooted in a truth which is universal, and yet it never flowers in the same way twice. At the sight of the rising of the oneself same sun, countless birds each burst forth into their own unique songs. Similarly, inspired by the drawing of the universal and eternal light of wisdom within, each of us weaves brand new patterns into the fabric of our common life.

This, indeed as you shall see, was the process through which the meditations documented in this book unfolded, and this, in turn, is how you, in reading them, can take them still - one step further through your own insightful interpretation and application. I only wish the book itself could grow and reflect the contributions which each careful reader will wittingly or unwittingly add to it.

The book is a journal of a series of thirty group participation meditations conducted by Guru Nitya Chaitanya.

Yati in February and March of 980 at the East West University branch in Fernhill, Ootacamund in the Blue Mountains of South India. The meditations were based on the first thirty chapters of the Tao Teh Ching of Lao Tzu. The translation used was that of D. C. Lau (Penguin Books, Middlesex, England,!967). There are other excellent translations, such as by Lin Yutang (Modern Library) and Gia Fu Feng (Vintage Books). The text of the verses are numbered and indented for easy identification within each meditation.

Lao Tzu, who wrote the verses upon which the present meditations were based, was a sage who lived twenty five centuries ago in China. It is miraculous how his passing thoughts can reach through so much time and space to shed light on the unique meanings embodied in each of our lives today. The sage is one who can encapsulate Truth in seed- form, and those seeds can centuries later still be planted in the fertile field of any searching mind.

Guru Nitya Chaitanya Yati, who conducted the meditations, is a living Guru who is a teacher not primarily in the sense of transmission of information (though he also represents a wealth of that), but in the sense of having a rare ability to awaken and inspire others to a discovery and cultivation of the wisdom within themselves. A living Guru is like a benevolent gardener tending to each plant according to its individual needs, excesses, and potentialities. Such treatment is also evident in the following pages.

Those of us who participated in the six month semester of the East West University, of which these group participation meditations were a part, come from several countries (U.S., Australia. India, and Belgium), make our livelihoods in a wide range of occupations (carpentry, teaching, fire-fighting, interior design, auto-mechanics, educational administration, parenting, gardening, and a mysterious though perhaps all- inclusive category which can only be called Divine Dispensation), and represent several different religious affiliations and preferences (Christian, Moslem, Hindu. Buddhist, and Taoist). Yet each of us felt directly spoken to and personally benefitted by hearing the words of Lao Tu. sharing our images, impressions, and interpretations with each other, and listening to the reflections of Guru Nitya.

Very early on in this series of medications, the line of division between the three above-mentioned roles of Sage, Living Guru, and Participating Student, all became very fluid and eventually non-existent. Like Chuang Tzu, who awoke from a dream of being a butterfly with the plausible doubt that perhaps he was actually a butterfly dreaming it was Chuang Tzu, similarly we could not ascertain if we were reliving the thoughts that illuminated the life of Lao Tzu or if Lao Tzu was coming again to life as our thoughts. In previous classes we had awaited the comments of Guru Nitya in order to hear the "final word" on some matter of concern or doubt. But through these meditations we discovered that same unfaltering Word of the Guru arising within ourselves and realized that it is and always had been this inner Guru which ultimately interprets and registers assent or dissent even when we listen to the words of a Guru outside.

Listening to each other as well as to ourselves revealed how sometimes radically different interpretation can be given to the same idea or situation, each of which has a great validity within its own frame of reference. We began to look to ourselves and each other with a new appreciation and openness. Although the specific content of each meditation is a treasure in itself, the greatest benefit of participating in these meditations was the intimate familiarization they afforded us with the Sage, Guru, and Seeker within ourselves and each other.

**Contents and Sample Pages**








Post a Comment
 
Post a Query
For privacy concerns, please view our Privacy Policy
Based on your browsing history
Loading... Please wait

Items Related to Meditations on the Way (A Contemplative and Personalized Study of the... (Philosophy | Books)

Absolute Tao: Talks on Fragments from
by Osho
Hardcover (Edition: 2008)
A Rebel Book
Item Code: IDK552
$32.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Reflections from Lao Tzu’s Tao te Ching
by Colin D. Mallard
Paperback (Edition: 2011)
Zen Publications
Item Code: NAC828
$21.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
A Little Bit of Nothingness (Eighty-One Observations on the Unnameable)
by Karl Renz
Paperback (Edition: 2012)
Zen Publications
Item Code: NAK875
$21.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Chinese Wisdom For Today (A Classic Manual on The Art of Living)
Deal 20% Off
by Stephen Mitchell
Paperback (Edition: 2011)
Jaico Publishing House
Item Code: NAD622
$21.00$16.80
You save: $4.20 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Leading from the Heart (Sufi Principles at Work)
Item Code: NAS014
$26.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
I am The Mind (The Master Key to Achieve Anything You Want)
by Deep Trivedi
Paperback (Edition: 2017)
Aatman Innovations Pvt. Ltd.
Item Code: NAP186
$23.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Timeless Wisdom (The Book of All Religions)
by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Hardcover (Edition: 2014)
Sri Sri Publication Trust
Item Code: NAO840
$43.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
The Centrality of Ethics in Buddhism Exploratory Essays
Item Code: IDJ952
$57.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Testimonials
Both Exotic India and Gita Press are the most resourceful entities for boosting our spiritual activities.
Shambhu, Canada
Thank you for the excellent customer service provided. I've received the 2 books. 
Alvin, Singapore
Today I received the 4-volume Sri Guru Granth Sahib. I was deeply touched the first time I opened it. It is comforting and uplifting to read it during this pandemic. 
Nancy, Kentucky
As always I love this company
Delia, USA
Thank you so much! The three books arrived beautifully packed and in good condition!
Sumi, USA
Just a note to thank you for these great products and suer speedy delivery!
Gene, USA
Thank you for the good service. You have good collection of astronomy books.
Narayana, USA.
Great website! Easy to find things and easy to pay!!
Elaine, Australia
Always liked Exotic India for lots of choice and a brilliantly service.
Shanti, UK
You have a great selection of books, and it's easy and quickly to purchase from you. Thanks.
Ketil, Norway
Language:
Currency:
All rights reserved. Copyright 2020 © Exotic India