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  • Posted February 2, 2009

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    The Awesome Creative & Destructive Power of Yin & Yang

    Kostas Danaos' story about THE MAGUS OF JAVA became possible when he started out on a quest to track down the man he saw in a documentary film called, 'Ring of Fire', who could start fires by intently focusing yin and yang energy onto a small pile of papers. I also saw this spectacular film footage, and was quite impressed by it -- it was the most memorable and amazing part of the whole film. Danaos was so moved by seeing the film of the mysterious man with the pyrokinetic powers that he set out from his homeland in Greece to find him, and ask if he would accept Danaos as a student. Fortunately for us, Danaos succeeded. His book tells the story of how the amazing Chinese-Javanese acupuncturist and martial artist John Chang came to be 'The Magus of Java', and includes some highly personal accounts of his early training with his neikung master. Many people will be skeptical that there are individuals who can train themselves to levitate, be telepathic, and have precise control over telekinetic abilities. If you cannot suspend your disbelief, this book might be unsettling to you. Since I have personally experienced a wide range of rather amazing incidents (including putting my hand through several layers of clothing I was wearing to touch my own bare skin underneath), overwhelming doubt is not an impediment to my keeping an open mind about the remarkable claims made by Kostas Danaos of John Chang's abilities. What sets THE MAGUS OF JAVA apart is the way Danaos presents the concept of learning to work with yin and yang energy as being the key to mastering one's ability to extend the powers of one's mind beyond one's body. Only limited results are possible when we work with just yang energy -- while incredible things are possible with a combination of yin and yang. The yin and yang are much like polar opposites, and when energy is intentionally allowed to flow between the yin and yang designated areas, miraculous things can occur. I especially loved the many stories of the 'Taoist Immortals' sprinkled liberally throughout this book, as they helped to point out that humans with god-like powers can sometimes cause as much damage as they can bring healing and good to the world. While many martial arts and bioenergetic schools work exclusively with yang energy (and a few work with yin energy), there are precious few who appreciate and integrate a combination of the yin energy with the yang. The system of neikung that John Chang teaches contains 72 levels of mastery, and the reason that only the first four are rudimentarily covered in this book is that it is extremely dangerous to practice these meditations without a teacher's guidance. Several people died as this form of neikung was being developed by trial-and-error, since the two energies of yin and yang when compressed and placed side by side have tremendous power to destroy. I give this book my highest recommendation to any serious student of spirituality, metaphysics, or the martial arts. Reading it with an open mind will show you a world of new possibilities, and might just change your life!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2006

    Tools to improve mankind

    This is easily the best book I've ever read on such a topic. Kosta's writting style makes you feel like you have accually there, learning with him and John. I really enjoyed his views on modern man and obsession with greed and easy pleasure. This is a must buy for any aspiring martial artist and truth seeker. Get ready for you mind to be blown away.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2005

    Access Into a Mysterious Realm

    This wonderful book is the story of John Chang, a Taoist immortal, told through the eyes of a disciple. Chang is a direct heir to an ancient lineage of sages called the Mo-Pai. Through the years of apprenticeship, Kosta Danaos has witnessed many of the siddhi arts, or divine powers such as levitation, telekinesis, telepathy, pyrokinesis, and visits to the afterlife. A great thing about this book, it isn't just about the psi arts, it gives scientific explanations for those events which, heretofore, are often not explained logically. In his introduction to this ground breaking book [This is the first time a book on this lineage has been published in the West], Danaos states with a palpable joy, 'In my world Western science and Eastern mysticism walk hand in hand, embraced and inseparable, mirror aspects of the same reality, equally factual and valid.' A fascinating part of the book is the presentation of the Chinese art of Nei Kung. It is a combination of yin and yang energies that work together for an earth-shaking result. Normally, yang energy would be used with a more limited power. When the opposites of yin and yang are used, incredible power is unleashed. Not something to mess around with! It is rare indeed to find an access into this normally nearly impenetrable world. I highly recommend it for those of you readers who are ready to enter this mysterious realm.

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