NETI NETI (NOT THIS NOT THAT), by L.C. Beckett - 1959


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Neti - Neti (Not This - Not That) 

by L.C. Beckett 

London: John M. Watkins, 1959.

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD condition with GOOD++ DJ.

  • Book features a great DJ with black print on front, as well as black cloth covers with gilt on front and spine.
  • Covers display gentle commensurate edgewear with some rubbing along edges, as well as some scattered dust. Spine ends and top near spine seem to display some sort of residue or scuffing that wraps over top yet is limited to cloth.
  • Spine exhibits some rubbing to ends. (See photos)
  • Binding is secure.
  • Front pastedown has bookseller sticker from previous retailer on lower right corner. (See photos)
  • Interior displays slight age-toning throughout, and is overall well preserved.
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks. 
  • Some six pages inside show a corner crease, approx. 2" across corner. (See photos)
  • Textblock edges display gentle age-toning with scattered small stains and spots, as well as dust and foxing along head.
  • DJ displays gentle overall toning with some sunning to spine, as well as rubbing, scuffs along shoulders and a chip to head of spine, that also displays a 0.5" vertical closed tear. (See photos)
  • DJ exhibits a tiny red mark to spine at foot. 
  • DJ is price clipped on front return.
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
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112 pages. 5 x 7.5 inches.

The volume surveys a panoply of sources, from the Ancient Greek, Hindu and Christian traditions, to the laws discovered by Einstein and modern science, with the aim to discover the profound meaning hidden behind this concept. A masterful work in mysticism.

"Neti Neti" is a Sanskrit expression meaning "not this, not that", or “neither this, nor that.” It is found in several ancient Indian texts including the Upanishads which formed the early foundation for Buddhsim, Jainism, and Hinduism. Beckett is often quoted from this book as explaining neti neti as an expression of something inexpressible. It expresses the "suchness" (the essence) of that which it refers to when "no other definition applies to it." Using it as a form of analytical meditation, one can come to a better understanding of what it IS by understanding what it is not. One can negate the mind and transcend all worldly experiences until nothing remains but the Self. From here one can attain union with the Absolute by denying body, name, form, intellect, senses and all limiting adjuncts to discover what remains. After stripping away everything one gets to a larger sense of “Self” that is hidden beneath all the false ideas and illusions about the nature of reality,and this self, or Self is considered to be ones true Self.

Volume includes a prologue and a bibliography.

L.C. Becket wrote several books in the early to mid - describing Eastern philosophy

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