Posts Tagged ‘Ranier Maria Rilke’

..be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart..

Monday, December 10th, 2012

“…be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you win then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”

from Letters to a Young Poet*

by Ranier Maria Rilke

*Read the full letter at the link above.

Ich verrinne, ich verrinne

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

In our practice of Svadhyaya: the study of the sacred scriptures and of one’s self, we find echoes of what the scriptures help us to know, the right knowledge, all around us. After spending the last month in svadhyaya of the Katha Upanishads, Eileen shared this Rilke poem as an example of that echo.

Ich verrinne, ich verrinne

I’m slipping, I’m slipping away like sand

slipping through fingers.

All my cells are open, and all so thirsty.

I ache and swell in a hundred places, but

mostly in the middle of my heart.

I want to die. Leave me alone.

I feel I am almost there—

where the great terror

can dismember me.

Rilke