If you wish to probe deeper into the ancient Maori world, this book is for you.
Itâ€™s a treasure house of history and sacred lore. While itâ€™s an old story, it has a power that speaks clearly to our time. It takes us back to truths, kept safe for generations, that we need today. It flies above the politics of race or cause and strident words.
Using the words of the elders it says:
â€˜All born of this land are of this land. All who sleep beneath the mountains of this land are of this land. All who have come to this land and call it home are of this land.â€™
It offers everyone a place to stand. It brings into today a philosophy that once held sway in Aotearoa/New Zealand and the Pacific.
Warfare was not the Polynesian way. That tragedy only goes back to recent centuries. In the preceding 2,500 years the Polynesian peoples knew only peace, being bound by ancient ties to their wider families. They lived in harmony with the land and each other. Thatâ€™s not myth thatâ€™s science, the fruit of the latest archaeology.
The authorâ€™s sensitive handing of the old philosophies and the sacred lore helps this remarkable book bridge the chasm that often separates cultures.
The Song of the Old Tides speaks to modern generations because its wisdom is timeless. The beauty of its design, the remarkable photography and the power of the words make it a work to cherish.
An excellent Book
You are your own teacher
'I have sat with the elders of the Asian nations and met those who hold the wisdom of the Tao and learnt of their prophecies. They also see this age turning on a fulcrum of change. And they see a future filled with hope.
'Known world-wide for their wise and far seeing Gurus, they face a momentous shift in their lives. For their prophecies announce the end of the Age of the Guru. From this time hence, those of the Tao are to be their own teachers.
'While we may still learn much from the inspiriation and wisdom of others, we are asked to be more than followers. For this is the age of the mind set free, the way of the seeker who takes responsibility for the journey.
‘That shift runs the edges of this fire tonight. Every word I share is simply there to be lifted up, examined and put down again by your own hand. I do not try to persuade, for that is not the way, I merely offer words that you can take up or let go. And if you take them up, they should be fashioned in ways that truly make them your own. Walk your truth not mine.’
Song Of The Old Tides ~ Barry Brailsford
An extract from the book