I have been writing reviews of my favorite books and that has really helped me to understand and appreciate not only the craft of writing but also the whole dynamics of press, printing, cover design, fonts, price, publishing, translations and how the entire process is an entire Universe in itself! It was quite overwhelming as and when I got into a deeper perspective of such things.
Moving on, today I have a book appreciation post and this one has been on hold for 2 months straight. This the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu.
It dates back to the 4th century BC or even earlier- a portion of its excavations being suggesting that, it has been highly influential in shaping the religious philosophies of Chinese beliefs. As per my understanding, the words and the sayings are extremely useful to develop business, politics and leadership ideologies. These are a total of 81 verses which was written to teach us “the way of integrity.”
The verses simplify the importance of humility, generosity and spontaneity. It is when that these are balanced it brings about a harmonious change in the way we think about ourselves and the world.
Tao Te Ching has been translated majorly in English, French and German and published all around the world. Over 25O translations have been published to spread the words of the Old Master.
The one I have is translated by James Legge and published by Finger Print Publishing in India.
If you are in a phase where your are seeking clarity and purpose, like me, I highly recommend that you give this book a read. I am sure all other translations are equally comprehensible and gives a peep into the wisdom of Lao Tzu.