By Mircea Eliade
Publish yr note: initially released in French lower than the name Histoire des croyances et des idees religieuses. Vol. 2: De Gautama Bouddha au triomphe du christianisme Payot, Paris, 1978. First released in english in 1982
In quantity 2 of this huge paintings, Mircea Eliade maintains his magisterial growth during the historical past of non secular rules. The religions of historic China, Brahmanism and Hinduism, Buddha and his contemporaries, Roman faith, Celtic and German religions, Judaism, the Hellenistic interval, the Iranian syntheses, and the start of Christianity—all are encompassed during this quantity.
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77; cf. Joseph Needham, Science and Civilisation in China, vol. 5, pt. 2, p. 12. 95. Needham, p. 13. 96. Edouard Chavannes, Les memoires historiques de Sse-ma-Ts'ien, vol. 3, p. 479. 97. , p. 465. 98. The search for the Immortals living in the distant islands occupied the The Taoists and alchemy 39 The search for gold also implied a spiritual quest. Gold possessed an imperial character: it was found at the "center of the earth" and was mystically related to chile (realgar or sulphur), yellow mercury, and the future life (the "Yellow Springs").
When one abandons the Tao, one has recourse to Benevolence; when one abandons Benevolence, one has recourse to Justice; when one abandons Justice, one has recourse to the Rites. The Rites are only a thin layer of loyalty and faith and the beginning of anarchy" (38. 9-14). Lao Tzu similarly condemns social values, because they are illusory and in the last analysis harmful. As for discursive knowledge, it destroys the unity of being and encourages confusion by bestowing an absolute value on relative notions.
2). Like the true Taoist, "the best [of princes] is the one whose existence is not known" (17. 1). Since "the heavenly Tao triumphs without striving" (73. 6), the most effective ways of obtaining power are wu-wei and nonviolence. 63 "The supple and the weak overcome 60. See Kaltenmark, Lao tseu, pp. 19 ff. 61. , p. 22. The same situation is also found in other traditional literatures: the work, attributed to a certain sage or contemplative, is usually continued and enriched by his disciples. " 62.
A History of Religious Ideas, Volume 2: From Gautama Buddha to the Triumph of Christianity by Mircea Eliade