I have carried and studied this little book (TAO: The Watercourse Way) for 25 years. I bought this copy in 1991 in Bombay, I had just graduated as an Engineer and been studying Ayurveda and Siddha meditative practices for over a decade. Alan Watts gracefully weaves the words of great masters and reflects on the Daoist views. Reading this book made me realize that views of my own Siddha teacher are no different from other traditions, that the roots of all mystical traditions, which focus on inner-work, are entangled and lead to same inner-reality and luminosity. Written words and spoken views are only maps. It inspired me that some day I will explore these entangled roots and maps. And here I am, 25 years later, in 2016 living and breathing through the entangled roots of Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine. Even today Alan Watts’s words resonate with me as loud as it did 25 years ago.
“I tried for years, as a philosopher, but in words it comes all wrong: in black and white with no color… when you try to pin [life] down you get the banality of formal nihilism, wherein the universe is seen as ‘a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.’ But this sense of ‘turning to ashes in one’s mouth’ is the result of trying to grasp something which can come to you of itself.” ~Alan Watts
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