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Zhuangzi (369 BC - 286 BC) Quotes

Learning from ancient book Zhuangzi Tuesday 11 June 2024 at 09:47 am

 by Nataša Pantović

The Zhuangzi is an ancient Chinese text that is one of the two foundational texts of Taoism, alongside the Tao Te Ching. It was written during the late 200 BC.

Zhuangzi_Tian_Yun_Ms CHinese text

Zhuangzi_Tian_Yun_Ms Chinese text

The Zhuangzi and Tao Te Ching are considered to be the two fundamental texts in the Taoist tradition. The Zhuangzi uses the word "Tao" (道) less frequently than the Tao Te Ching, with the former often using 'heaven' (天) in places the latter would use "Tao".

Inner chapters 

1               "Carefree Wandering"   逍遙遊; Xiāoyáo yóu

2              "On the Equality of Things"          齊物論; Qí wù lùn

3              "Essentials for Nurturing Life"    養生主; Yǎngshēng zhǔ

4              "The Human World"       人間世; Rénjiān shì

5              "Symbols of Integrity Fulfilled"  德充符; Dé chōng fú

6              "The Great Ancestral Teacher"  大宗師; Dà zōngshī

7              "Responses for Emperors and Kings"      應帝王; Yìng dì wáng

Outer chapters

8              "Webbed Toes"                駢拇; Piān mǔ

9              "Horses' Hooves"             馬蹄; Mǎtí

10           "Ransacking Coffers"      胠篋; Qū qiè

11           "Preserving and Accepting"         在宥; Zài yòu

12           "Heaven and Earth"        天地; Tiāndì

13           "The Way of Heaven"    天道; Tiān dào

14           "Heavenly Revolutions"                天運; Tiān yùn

15           "Ingrained Opinions"      刻意; Kè yì

16           "Mending Nature"          繕性; Shàn xìng

17           "Autumn Floods"             秋水; Qiū shuǐ

18           "Ultimate Joy"   至樂; Zhì lè

19           "Understanding Life"     達生; Dá shēng

20           "The Mountain Tree"     山木; Shān mù

21           "Sir Square Field"             田子方; Tiánzǐ fāng

22           "Knowledge Wanders North"     知北遊; Zhī běi yóu

Misc. chapters  

23           "Gengsang Chu"               庚桑楚; Gēngsāng Chǔ

24           "Ghostless Xu"  徐無鬼; Xú wúguǐ

25           "Sunny"               則陽; Zé yáng

26           "External Things"             外物; Wài wù

27           "Metaphors"     寓言; Yùyán

28           "Abdicating Kingship"     讓王; Ràng wáng

29           "Robber Footpad"           盜跖; Dào zhí

30           "Discoursing on Swords"               說劍; Shuō jiàn

31           "An Old Fisherman"        漁父; Yú fù

32           "Lie Yukou"         列禦寇; Liè Yùkòu

33           "All Under Heaven"        天下; Tiānxià

Zhuangzi believed the key to true happiness was to free oneself from worldly impingements through a principle of 'inaction' - wu wei

Zhuangzi rejects the distinction between the human and natural world.

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Sigmund Freud Quotes

Learning from The Interpretation of Dreams and Introduction to Psychoanalysis Sunday 07 April 2024 at 3:37 pm

by Nataša Pantović

Have just participated in Reading Class on Sigmund Freud's classic Civilisation and its Discontents with Gail Debono.

Sigmund Freud was an Austrian neurologist and the founder of psychoanalysis. 

Born in Czechia in 1856, died in 1939 (age 83 years), in London.

Quotes from The Interpretation of Dreams and Introduction to Psychoanalysis

“The first book in which the dream is treated as an object of psychology seems to be that of Aristotle (Concerning Dreams and their Interpretation). Aristotle asserts that the dream is of demoniacal, though not of divine nature, which indeed contains deep meaning, if it be correctly interpreted.” The Interpretation of Dreams, Sigmund Freud

“As every one knows, the ancients before Aristotle did not consider the dream a product of the dreaming mind, but a divine inspiration, and in ancient times the two antagonistic streams, which one finds throughout in the estimates of dream life, were already noticeable. They distinguished between true and valuable dreams, sent to the dreamer to warn him or to foretell the future, and vain, fraudulent, and empty dreams…” The Interpretation of Dreams, Sigmund Freud

“The dream is not comparable to the irregular sounds of a musical instrument, which, instead of being touched by the hand of the musician, is struck by some outside force; the dream is not senseless, not absurd, does not presuppose that a part of our store of ideas is dormant while another part begins to awaken. It is a psychic phenomenon of full value, and indeed the fulfilment of a wish; it takes its place in the concatenation of the waking psychic actions which are intelligible to us, and it has been built up by a highly complicated intellectual activity.” The Interpretation of Dreams, Sigmund Freud

“The dreams of little children are simple fulfilments of wishes, and as compared, therefore, with the dreams of adults, are not at all interesting. They present no problem to be solved, but are naturally invaluable as affording proof that the dream in its essence signifies the fulfilment of a wish. I have been able to collect several examples of such dreams from the material furnished by my own children.” The Interpretation of Dreams, Sigmund Freud

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Nicolaus of Damascus

Learning from 40 AC Book Bios “Καῖσαρ” Kai-Caros (in Slavic "Like the King") Bio of Caesar Sunday 27 September 2020 at 5:55 pm

Nicolaus of Damascus Book Bios “Καῖσαρ” KaiCaros (in Slavic "Like the King") Bio of Ceazar

By Nataša Pantović

The Ancient Greek historian Nikolas or Nicolaus of Damascus (Greek: Νικόλαος Δαμασκηνός) was a historian and philosopher with a Slavic name who lived during the Augustan age of the so-called Roman Empire. He was born in 64 BC. Nicolaus was the son of wealthy parents, and historians suggest that he was of Macedonian origin. At those days Orphism was at its peak within the region.

A fragment from Alfredus the Englishman’s translation of Nicolaus of Damascus’ work on plants now lost which incorporates material from Aristotle’s De Plantis also lost Alfredus translated Nicolaus’ book from Arabic which had been translated from Syriac which had been translated in turn from Greek

A fragment from Alfredus the Englishman’s translation of Nicolaus of Damascus’ work on plants, now lost, which incorporates material from Aristotle’s De Plantis, also lost. Alfredus translated Nicolaus’ book from Arabic, which had been translated from Syriac, which had been translated in turn from Greek: Harley MS 5414, f. 72

He was an intimate friend of Herod the Great (Cezar). According to Sophronius, he was also the tutor of the children of Mark Antony and Cleopatra. He was commissioned for his work. He wrote a universal history in 144 books. His work was mainly lost. Extensive fragments of the first seven books are preserved, these cover the history of the Assyrians, Medes, Greeks, Lydians, and Persians. 

The Book 4 of his History was on A-bra-Ham (the monotheism, the Monad), so the historians have named him “a Jew”. However, he has done a work called “On the Psyche”, so he could have also been a Pythagorean or Platonist.

Nikolas wrote "A Life of Augustus", Caesar (Bios *“Καῖσαρ” KaiCaros =  pronounced as “Bios kai Caros”)

Nikolai writes the name of Cezar, in Ancient Homerian Greek as “Καῖσαρ” “Καίσαρος”, “Καίσαρι” sounding as: Kai Caros (meaning in Slavic "kao Car", or "as the King", the Slavic supreme ruler is “Car”) “Καίσαρ” became in Latin "Cezar".

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The Truth About Roman & Greek Myths

Learning from D. H. Lawrence about Ancient Rome Goddess Friday 03 April 2020 at 08:20 am

The City of Rome and the Great Mother

Esoteric teachings of Golden Citizens of Ancient Greece

by Natasa Pantovic

It is in the nature of humankind to tell stories, and at the root of every culture we find myths and legends. A hellenistic myth considers Rome to be an Ancient Greek city, narrating a story of a Hellenic Gods and Goddesses. The city of Romolo e Remo, Venus and Mars, cats and dogs, the centre of the original conflict of a female Goddess based worship and a male God dominated rituals.

The story goes back to the Ancient Greece and the Great Mother who has all through the ancient history had a role of the Creator Goddess. Shakti if your wish, with her Kundalini force.

The First Language

The Goddess of Quintessence: Sound


Lupa Capitolina: she-wolf with Romulus and Remus, Rome, Italy, 1300 AC (twins are a 1500 addition)

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Ancient Greek Research Paper on Symbols

Learning from Archimedes 250 BC about Size of the Universe and Sounds Monday 17 February 2020 at 09:01 am

Esoteric teachings of Golden Citizens of Ancient Greece

Ancient Greek Numbers and Sounds

Learning from , and sounds of the first ever Research Paper by Archimedis Syracusani

Hellenistic mathematicians in the 500 BC, prefered using a system of numbers based on the alphabet. To indicate that a letter is a number, they would place a horizontal line above the symbol.

Archimedes_Palimpsest 250 BC an orthodox bible 13th century revealed works by Archimedes thought to have been lost

Archimedes_Palimpsest 250 BC an orthodox Christina prayer text 13th century revealed works by Archimedes thought to have been lost

The School of Athens or aθήνα and Numbers with Archimedes of Syracuse

What is now known as "Attic numerals" were in use 700 BC, in the region of Attica, the city of Athens down to the Aegean Sea.

Archimedes of Syracuse or Αρχιμήδης 287 – 212 BC, was an Ancient Greek mathematician, physicist, engineer, inventor, and astronomer, and he is considered one of the greatest mathematician of all time, He was the first to calculate the accurate approximation of pi, defining the spiral bearing his name, he hypotheses that the Earth revolves around the Sun on the circumference of a circle. Archimedes was killed by a Roman soldier, and his original work was “lost” for thousands of years. 

The work, also known in Latin as Archimedis Syracusani Arenarius & Dimensio Circuli, is eight pages long in translation, is the Humanity's first matematical research paper.

Archimedes presents his callculation done for the King, stating that the large numbers were given to him to execute this exciting task, to discover the amount to sand that can fit into the Universe. The Sand Reckoner (Greek: Ψαμμίτης, Psammites) is the name of this work.

Estimating the grains of Sand in Universe Archimade

Estimating the grains of Sand in Universe Archimade

Can you just imagine the complexity of this task, can you comprehend the advances in science, and the thought form, if the Syracusan king Gelo II, pays the Philosopher Archimedis Syracusani to execute this research and leave it written for the future scientists.

In order to do this, he had to estimate the size of the universe!

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