HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO RALPH WALDO EMERSON, MAY 25, 1803
Once again Emerson wrestles with formulating the concept of ‘the one in the many, the many in the one,’ the Hindu principle enunciated in the Bhagavad Gita, which he was reading – – – and re-reading
Who shall define to me an Individual? I behold with awe & delight many illustrations of the One Universal mind. I see my being imbedded in it. As a plant in the earth so I grow in God. I am only a form of him. He is the soul of Me. I can even with a mountainous aspiring say, I am God, by transferring me out of the flimsy & unclean precincts of my body, my fortunes, my private will; & meekly retiring upon the holy austerities of the Just & the Loving — upon the secret fountains of Nature. That thin & difficult ether, I can also breathe. The mortal lungs & nostrils burst & shrivel, but the soul itself needeth no organs – it is all element & all organ. Yet why not always so? How came the Individual thus armed and impassioned to parricide, thus murderously inclined ever to traverse & kill the divine life? Ah wicked Manichee! Into that dim problem I cannot enter. A believer in unity, a seer of Unity, I yet behold two.
A Year With Emerson
by Richard Grossman
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THE IDEAL IN THE WEST:
FROM PLATO TO EMERSON
A Lecture Presented by David Beardsley
12 East 79th Street
Saturday, October 17, 2009 7:00 pm
The philosophy of the Ideal is one of the first
practical philosophies in the Western tradition,
combining as it does a vision of absolute
beauty and goodness with disciplines for
leading a good life.
This lecture will look at the influence of the Ideal from its expression by Plato in The Republic through other key figures in Western philosophical history: Plotinus in Imperial Rome, Marsilio Ficino in Renaissance Florence, Thomas Taylor in London of the Romantics, and Ralph Waldo Emerson in 19th Century America. Its aim will be to show the Ideal, not as an abstract intellectual construction, but as an eternal and ever-present reality that can be known in experience by people everywhere who strive for the Good.
Join us to explore this subject on Saturday, October 17 at 7:00 pm.
The fee for the lecture and light refreshments is $20. Tickets may be purchased on-line at www.philosophyworks.org/events or in the registration office at 12 East 79th Street. Some tickets may be available at the door, but advance purchase is recommended. Please note that our on-line ticketing process sells only one ticket at a time; therefore, for multiple tickets, simply repeat the process.
Written and directed by David A. Beardsley
Hosted by Jim Manley
Emerson: The Ideal In America
Ralph Waldo Emerson was the leading light of a circle that included Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, Margaret Fuller and Bronson Alcott among others, and whose influence is still alive in the world today. Emerson: The Ideal in America is the first and only video biography of the man who is still America‘s most quoted author.
Spanning most of the turbulent 19th century, Emerson’s life took him from a financially poor but intellectually rich childhood through an education at Harvard to early success as pastor of the Boston’s Old Brick Church. But personal tragedy and his own doubts about organized religion set him on a journey of discovery that took him to Europe and deep into the philosophical traditions of the East as well as the West. Through his writings and lectures, he became one of the most influential figures of his time, inspiring presidents and other philosophers. His central message of “the infinitude of the private man” opened the eyes of the men and women who read and heard him to their own unlimited potential.
Emerson remains a vital force today. His belief in the divinity of each person and in the sacredness of nature inform the thought of people who may have never read him directly. His practice of maintaining a journal throughout his life has earned him the title “America‘s first blogger,” and both the environmental and spiritual movements can trace their origins to him.
In the tradition of Ken Burns’s The Civil War, this program makes use of archival footage as well as interviews with Emerson experts. Bay Emerson Bancroft, an Emerson descendant and President of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Memorial Association has called it “a well-told, imaginatively presented and uplifting account of the Emerson’s life and the development of his ideas….” The producers hope that this video will help to introduce Emerson to a wider audience and a new generation.
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EMERSON & ADVAITA
A lecture presented by Barbara Solowey
12 East 79th Street
Saturday, May 16, 2009 7:00 pm.
The teaching of Ralph Waldo Emerson is an expression of Advaita, the philosophy that addresses the fundamental unity in all things, proclaiming the oneness of God, the soul, and the universe. His longing for unity guided him to the great wisdom of the East where he found it in its purest and most sublime form.
Emerson had deep faith that this realization was possible. His call to humanity was for a new consciousness “to restore that bond by which their own self was linked to the Eternal Self; to recover that unity which had been clouded and obscured by the magical illusion of reality, by the so-called Maya of Creation.” (Illusions)
Let Emerson’s transcendental teaching to discover “the infinitude of the private man” inspire us in our own journey to be Self-reliant, to awaken Reason, and to follow Divine Law.
Tickets at $20 may be purchased on-line by clicking here, or by visiting the Registration Office at 12 East 79th Street.
A CIRCLE ON THE CROSS
with Steven Earl Edwards and Terrance Mann
going to have a local screening here in LaGrange as a "thank you" to all the
locals who helped us on Saturday, July 7. If you get a chance, go to this
website and select Track #9, and you can listen to the first verse of the Title
Track, "Circle On The Cross" for my film, A CIRCLE ON THE CROSS
that I co-authored, co-produced, and appear in with Terry Mann! It's
a SAG Indie Feature (barely making the time!) The guy who wrote and recorded the
song, Keni Thomas, got country legend Kenny Rogers to record the voice over
lead-in at the beginning of the song. The song is already released on
his CD, "Flags Of Our Fathers-A Soldier's Story," along with other great
songs. The song is at: http://cdbaby.com/cd/keni2
We have a very special Emersonian guest here in Concord for a very short time only.
Consequently a special meeting of the Emerson Reading Circle will convene this
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
at the Concord Library at
in the Lower Community Meeting Room.
Our special guest isAntonio Caro Magallanes
of Guadalajara, México.
Antonio will give a short talk on the essay Self Reliance (Word Doc) and
the effect Emerson is having on his group and community in Mexico.
Time permitting we will read some of Self Reliance (on RWE.org)together,
which may hopefully lead to one of our lively discussions.
This is indeed an opportunity to hold hands
with our Emerson Friends around the world.
I have attached
A reminder that our usual June meeting will be held Tuesday, June 19, 2007 at the usual time and place.
I hope to see you soon,
Announcing the first and only video biography of the man who is still the most quoted author in America, Ralph Waldo Emerson
Emerson: The Ideal in America
Feature Documentary – Length: 53 minutes – Format: DVD
Spanning most of the turbulent 19th century, Emerson's life took him from a financially poor but intellectually rich childhood through an education at Harvard to early success as pastor of a prominent Boston Unitarian Church. But personal tragedy and his own doubts about organized religion set him on a journey of discovery that took him to Europe and deep into the philosophical traditions of the East as well as the West. Through his writings and lectures, he became one of the most influential figures of his time, inspiring presidents, other philosophers, and writers such as Henry David Thoreau, Margaret Fuller, and Walt Whitman. His central message of "the infinitude of the private man&#quot; opened the eyes of the men and women who read and heard him to their own unlimited potential.
- Robert Richardson Jr, author of Emerson: The Mind on Fire
- Sarah Wider, Professor of English at Colgate University and President of the Emerson Society
- Richard Geldard, senior advisor to RWE.org and author of The Spiritual Teachings of Ralph Waldo Emerson
- Barbara Solowey, teacher and lecturer
- Richard Grossman, author of A Year With Emerson
- hosted by Jim Manley (RWE.org), directed by David Beardsley and produced by RWE Institute.
Bay Emerson Bancroft, an Emerson descendant and President of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Memorial Association, has called this film "…a well-told, imaginatively presented and uplifting account of Emerson's life and the development of his ideas…"
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