By Marcus Aurelius
A new translation of the philosophical trip that has encouraged luminaries from Matthew Arnold to invoice Clinton
Written by means of an highbrow Roman emperor, the Meditations supply a variety of non secular reflections constructed because the chief struggled to appreciate himself and the universe. Marcus Aurelius covers themes as assorted because the query of advantage, human rationality, the character of the gods, and his personal feelings, spanning from doubt and depression to conviction and exaltation.
* comprises an creation, chronology, explanatory notes, normal index, index of quotations, and index of names
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I opened my eyes to a cold/hot sweat over the realization that I had been elsewhere, outside of the prison of my embodiment. I was in paradise because I was sure that I had become the wind. I flung myself to the ground and praised God: the Source, the Power, the Cause, the Wind. I would never forget that splendid moment when I became the grace and beauty and bountiful life of the wind. And I reasoned that what allowed me to become that was my complete determination to become my ideal, always holding clear in thought the vision of what I wanted to become.
The body was created to house a most complex electrical system of light variables that make up and constitute the true entity self. What you really are is not the size of your body. You are a little pinpoint of light. In the smallness of your being is collected everything that you have ever been since you were born of God, your beloved Father. You, the God principle, are not a flesh entity. You are a rounded, fiery, pure-energy, light principle living within a body to obtain the prize of creative life called emotion.
It is a feeling that lives within each of us. And the more unlimited your perception of God, the grander and more joyful that feeling will be as it encompasses more of the emotion called God Almighty. Ramtha (to an elderly woman in a wheelchair): Dear lady, who rides on silver wheels, what say you? Student: I love God, but I'm afraid of dying. Ramtha: Why? Student: I don't know. I can't reach the bottom of it. I've thought of it and thought of it and thought of it. Ramtha: Do you believe in hell?