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The Magus of Java: Teachings of an Authentic Taoist Immortal Paperback – 1 Jun 2000
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"A groundbreaking book. This is a remarkable and fascinating account of a truly phenomenal life." (Napra ReView)
"It is well worth the read. For all of you with an adventurous spirit!" (Virginia Slayton, Convergence, Fall 2000)
"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)
"I give this book my highest recommendation to any serious student of spirituality, metaphysics, or the martial arts. It was one of the best books I've ever read, and I devoured it in one day!" (Cynthia Sue Larson, RealityShifters News, May 2002)
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EASTERN PHILOSOPHY / TAOISM 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 ch'i, or bio-energy, by first generating an electrical current within his body, which he uses to heal the filmmaker of an eye infection, and then setting 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 borne witness to the afterlife. Most important, he has learned John Chang's story. John Chang is the direct heir to the lineage of the fifth-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. The Magus of Java is the story of Kosta Danaos's apprenticeship with John Chang, and it is the story of the Mo-Pai, who for the past 2000 years have kept their teachings secret. Included are scientific, physics-based explanations of Chang's paranormal abilities that we in the West consider impossible--abilities witnessed by the author and vividly described. The Magus of Java will surely expedite what may well become the greatest revolution of the twenty-first century--the verification and study of bio-energy. KOSTA DANAOS is a former engineer for General Dynamics, a martial arts instructor in jujutsu and tai ch'i chuan, and a freelance writer with more than 150 publications to his credit. When not traveling in Indonesia or the United States he lives in Athens, Greece.See all Product description
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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.
Kosta makes very valid points about the western world, where we are taught from young what to believe, what is real, what is "scientific fact" and even nowadays, as much as science has helped us progress, it still is full of theories as much as it is full of facts.
Simple, just read this read this book.
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.
I believe that everyone should read this book at least once.
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