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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO RALPH WALDO EMERSON, MAY 25, 1803

MAY TWENTY-FIFTH

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO RALPH WALDO EMERSON, MAY 25, 1803
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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
A Year With Emerson by Richard Grossman
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The Ralph Waldo Emerson Institute is incorporated Not-for-Profit in the State of New York. We have a 501(c)3 application pending wih the IRS. Memberships and donations to the INstitute are tax deductible.

Officers of the
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James Manley, Chairman

Alexander Forbes Emerson, Vice-Chairman

Susan Imholz, PhD, Treasurer

Richard Geldard, PhD, Secretary

Barbara Solowey, Member


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History

The Ralph Waldo Emerson Institute was formally established in 2004 as a not-for-profit corporation in the State of New York. However, the original web site, rwe.org, was established by James Manley in 1996 as part of Webtoast Internet Services. The site emerged as a personal interest of Mr. Manley’s and it gradually attracted support and recognition from organizations such as the Emerson Society and the Ralph Waldo Emerson Memorial Association.

As the Bicentennial celebrations of Emerson’s birth approached in 2003, rwe.org became the clearing house for events and became a focus for programs and publications about Emerson. During that year, Manley was joined by Dr. Richard Geldard as Advisor to the site. Dr. Geldard has written three books on Emerson and a fourth, The Essential Transcendtalists, will be published in Fall 2005 by Tarcher/Putnam.

In 2004, the Institute became a non-prfit corporation with a Board of Directors. Joining the Board was Dr. Susan Imholz as Director of Development and Treasurer, Barbara Soloway, a fine teacher of Emerson’s work in New York, and Alexander Forbes Emerson, as Vice-Chairman. Mr Emerson is a poet in his own right and is the great-great grandson of Ralph Waldo.

As of this date, February of 2005, rwe.org is the only site which has made available all of the published material in the Centenary Edition of the Complete Works. The intention is to also gradually make available more work, including the Journals and Notebooks and the Complete Letters.