A Year with Rilke: Daily Readings from the Best of Rainer

The most liked poets of the 20 th century, Rainer Maria Rilke is greatly celebrated for his intensity of perception and undying relevance. He has inspired generations of writers together with his vintage Letters to a tender Poet, and his reflections at the divine and our position on this planet are disarmingly profound.

A 12 months with Rilke presents the 1st ever examining from Rilke for each day of the yr, together with decisions from his luminous poetry, his piercing prose, and his intimate letters and journals. Rilke is a relied on advisor amid the bustle of our day-by-day event, reflecting on such topics as impermanence, the wonderful thing about production, the voice of God, and the significance of solitude.

With new translations from the editors, whose acclaimed translation of Rilke's The publication of Hours received an ardent readership, this assortment unearths the intensity and breadth of Rilke's acclaimed work.

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Nautilus publication Award for Poetry - To Enlighten and encourage (2010

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Sometimes the action of essential love is just being-not action but inaction. In fact, the most important and useful action of love is simply its presence. Essential love acts by its mere presence, but in a subtle and invisible way. There is no overt physical movement or expression necessary. T h e presence of essence, in any of its various aspects, is its primary action. We will leave to another occasion the topic of how essence acts and will content ourselves here with a quoted passage, part of what is called the "Sarmoun Recital," about the knowledge and presence of essence.

Action might certainly result and very often does, but it is not necessary for the experience. When essential love is present, then it is our nature. We are present. It is the presence of a certain facet or aspect of essence. If there is a need for action, it will be taken. If there is no need, no action will result. Love, here, is being. It is Being. Sometimes the action of essential love is just being-not action but inaction. In fact, the most important and useful action of love is simply its presence.

He did the same with alchemy, using its images and ignoring the substance of its teaching. ) However, Jung was closer than the usual visionary is to the essential experience because his images more closely reflect essence. T h e closer a person is to the essential presence, the more powerfully his images are influenced by it. When the person is directly in contact with essence, then the images become a more accurate reflection of it. When the imagination is grounded in the embodied experience of essence, the particular mentality has a less distorting effect on the images.

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