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The Magus of Java: Teachings of an Authentic Taoist Immortal [Kindle Edition]

Kosta Danaos
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A groundbreaking book. This is a remarkable and fascinating account of a truly phenomenal life. -- Napra ReView

Danaos includes scientific, physics-based explanations of Chang's paranormal abilities which he witnessed. This publication identifies with the verification and study of bio-energy. -- Frontier Perspectives, Fall 2000

It is well worth the read. For all of you with an adventurous spirit! -- Virginia Slayton, Convergence, Fall 2000

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The story of John Chang, the first man to be documented performing pyrokinesis, telekinesis, levitation, telepathy, and other paranormal abilities.

• The author, a mechanical engineer, provides scientific explanations of how these powers work.

• For the first time, the discipline of Mo-Pai is introduced to the West.

In 1988 the documentary Ring of Fire was released to great acclaim. The most startling sequence in the film is that of a Chinese-Javanese acupuncturist who demonstrates his full mastery of the phenomenon of chi, or bio-energy, by generating an electrical current within his body, which he uses first to heal the filmmaker of an eye infection and then to set a newspaper on fire with his hand. Ring of Fire caused thousands to seek out this individual, John Chang, in pursuit of instruction. Of the many Westerners who have approached him, John Chang has accepted five as apprentices. Kosta Danaos is the second of those five.

In his years of study with John Chang, Danaos has witnessed and experienced pyrokinesis, telekinesis, levitation, telepathy, and much more exotic phenomena. He has spoken with spirits and learned the secrets of reincarnation. Most important, he has learned John Chang's story. John Chang is the direct heir to the lineage of the sixth-century b.c. sage Mo-Tzu, who was Confucius's greatest rival. His discipline, called the Mo-Pai, is little-known in the West and has never before been the subject of a book. Now, John Chang has decided to bridge the gap between East and West by allowing a book to be published revealing the story of his life, his teachings, and his powers. It will surely expedite what may well become the greatest revolution of the twenty-first century--the verification and study of bio-energy.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 582 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0892818131
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions (24 Nov 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004DNW61G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #310,083 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Consistently Rewarding 13 Dec 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Anyone who has enjoyed tales of superhuman abilities appearing in the far east will definetly find this book a joy to read. Far from simply regurgitating the 'street fighter' style fantasy that can be found in other publications, this work is a factual and concise insight into the world of a true Taoist Immortal. A man so deeply interesting that the reader will be desperate to here more of the Mo Pai and the art of Nei Kung. This book stretches the imagination while giving one an important glimpse into the heavily guarded history of these strange and yet infinitely important arts. The human animal and spirit will never seem dull to anyone who buys this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 8 Feb 2009
By J Smith
Format:Paperback
This has been an excellent inspiring read and will also be (i hope) for anyone who has just started or for those already on the road so to speak.
Kosta Danaos, the crazy "get up and go get it" guy who done what i would of (had i the resources), he saw something that fascinated him so much he had to seek it out, he had to seek out the master John Chang.
The way he "happened" upon finding him was interesting, and this mood continues through the book but despite this it also at points is very funny and can mix up the two on the same page, one minute your thinking "fantastic, deep, interesting" the next your just laughing.
As a lowly practitioner myself Kosta leaves certain little clues through out the book regarding his practices, i was sure i was correct and this was confirmed by himself in his second book, this did show that i am on the right path albeit a path miles away from the author but still right.
Anybody who picks up on them will see that certain practices are not confined to Mo Pai and that is not meant without respect.
If your looking for a great read then i would suggest this book to anybody, if your looking for the secrets to Mo Pai/Nei Kung/Qi Gong then look elsewhere, also, if your just looking to gain "powers" then please read something else.
Nothing worthwhile is easy as John Chang and Kosta both let you know, you will get out what you put in.
Once (like myself and many others) you have felt the burning flow of Qi, you will never look back nor be the same again.
Thats the thing, this book is spot on for all these things are very real, John Chang just happens to be a person who has skills that sit at the most extreme end, thats what makes this book stand out.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good 22 Oct 2007
By Corinna
Format:Paperback
I love reports about saints and other people with extraordinary abilities. I found this book very credible because I saw similar reports on the television and I enjoyed it very much. It is good to be reminded that there are powers slumbering in all of us that are just waiting to be awakened. There is just one thing I didn't like. The author criticises Buddhism for not being able to explain why we have evolution. I wished he had done better research because this remark is not at all true. In the kalachakra teachings we find very detailed explanations about why we have evolution. Other than that - five stars!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Yet Surreal Read 23 April 2008
Format:Paperback
I first read this book a little over three years ago after reading "Nei Kung: The Secret Teachings of the Warrior Sages," and it was rather a surreal read. I kept flipping back to the copyright page to see if it's a work of fiction, but it was not so. This book is a story of an incredible journey of the author, Kosta Danaos, who begun his quest to find and met with an internal arts master by the name of John Chang and his experiences and lessons with him. From reading this book, I thought it was too unreal to be a fact considering that Chang was able to break the laws of the physical reality. But again, it was not so because I have later seen the videos of Chang's psi abilities in action (e.g., pyrokinesis, telekinesis, and levitation), including the video of Lorne and Lawrence Blair's documentary series "Ring of Fire."

The one thing that I have found quite interesting from this book is the moral discussion of karma as relating to becoming like Chang. Obtaining the powers, higher than normal, requires a great responsibility. I do agree with Chang that he does not want to create "monsters" as to why he was strict on the student selections. That made sense since nowadays a thirst for psychic powers is, in an essence, an ego boost or superiority. Also, discussions of Yang and Yin and Mo-Pai tradition are informative read.

Thinking back on it now, the stories surrounds Chang reminds me a lot like Castaneda's Don Juan in "The Teachings of Don Juan: a Yaqui Way of Knowledge."

Considering the fact that English was not Danaos' first language, this book is really well written and well organized. With little over 200 pages, I could not put this book down as it had enthralled my thoughts and emotions. Whether or not if it is a real story, this book is an intriguing and fascinating read, especially the stories about the "Immortals" of the ancient past, but that's just me.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Story - poorly written 25 April 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
The story behind the book is amazing and thought provoking - if only ithad been written in a better style. The author lurches between the storyand "interpretations" of and about science. These are poor and detractfrom what could be a truly epic story. Avoid!
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