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The Two Hands of God

The Myths of Polarity
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
New World Library
 | 
September, 2020
ISBN:
9781608686865
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2
$26.00 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Alan Watts is today remembered as a trailblazing interpreter of Eastern philosophy, but The Two Hands of God reveals a different side of his multifaceted genius. In this ambitious work, Watts takes readers on a fascinating journey through the mythology of China, Egypt, India, the Middle East, and medieval Europe. His theme is the human experience of polarity, a condition in which opposing qualities define and complement each other. Light cannot exist without darkness, good cannot exist without evil, and male cannot exist without female. Chinese philosophy expresses this idea of universal polarity with the concepts of yin and yang, while other cultures express it through the symbolic language of myth, literature, and art. Watts illustrates the way great sages and artists across time have seen beyond the apparent duality of the universe to find a deeper unity that transcends and embraces everything.

One might suggest that when consciousness is turned back upon its own organic basis, it gets some apprehension of that "omniscience" which is the body's total, organizing sensitivity. In the light of this deeper and more inclusive sensitivity, it becomes suddenly clear that things are joined together by the boundaries we ordinarily take to separate them, and are, indeed, definable as themselves only in terms of other things that differ from them. The cosmos is seen as a multidimensional network of crystals, each one containing the reflections of all the others, and the reflections of all the others in those reflections.... In the heart of each there shines, too, the single point of light that every one reflects from every other.

 

There is a Hasidic saying, "If I am I because you are you, and if you are you because I am I, then I am not I, and you are not you."

Through his books and lectures, Alan Watts (1915-1973) introduced millions of Westerners to Eastern philosophies such as Vedanta, Taoism, and Zen Buddhism. Born in England and ending his life in California, Watts wrote more than 20 books, including the bestsellers The Way of Zen and The Wisdom of Insecurity.

Publisher’s Description: 

Alan Watts is today remembered as a trailblazing interpreter of Eastern philosophy, but The Two Hands of God reveals a different side of his multifaceted genius. In this ambitious work, Watts takes readers on a fascinating journey through the mythology of China, Egypt, India, the Middle East, and medieval Europe. His theme is the human experience of polarity, a condition in which opposing qualities define and complement each other. Light cannot exist without darkness, good cannot exist without evil, and male cannot exist without female. Chinese philosophy expresses this idea of universal polarity with the concepts of yin and yang, while other cultures express it through the symbolic language of myth, literature, and art. Watts illustrates the way great sages and artists across time have seen beyond the apparent duality of the universe to find a deeper unity that transcends and embraces everything.

One might suggest that when consciousness is turned back upon its own organic basis, it gets some apprehension of that "omniscience" which is the body's total, organizing sensitivity. In the light of this deeper and more inclusive sensitivity, it becomes suddenly clear that things are joined together by the boundaries we ordinarily take to separate them, and are, indeed, definable as themselves only in terms of other things that differ from them. The cosmos is seen as a multidimensional network of crystals, each one containing the reflections of all the others, and the reflections of all the others in those reflections.... In the heart of each there shines, too, the single point of light that every one reflects from every other.

 

There is a Hasidic saying, "If I am I because you are you, and if you are you because I am I, then I am not I, and you are not you."

Through his books and lectures, Alan Watts (1915-1973) introduced millions of Westerners to Eastern philosophies such as Vedanta, Taoism, and Zen Buddhism. Born in England and ending his life in California, Watts wrote more than 20 books, including the bestsellers The Way of Zen and The Wisdom of Insecurity.

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