Rudolf Steiner's weekly meditations
soul-calendar-04

Artistic Response

Here is my artistic response to this week's Soul-Calendar-04 meditation verse by Rudolf Steiner. For a brief introduction to this project, please see my first couple of posts on the blog pages. See also calendarofthesoul.net where you can see a range of translations into English and other languages. By the way, I am not in any way suggesting that my translations are preferable to any of the published translations. But I don't want to infringe any copyright, hence I am offering my own, literal, translations here.

Soul-Calendar-04 meditation

Rudolf Steiner's original soul-calendar-04 meditation
April 28- May 4
Ich fühle Wesen meines Wesens:

So spricht Empfindung,
Die in der sonnerhellten Welt
Mit Lichtesfluten sich vereint;
Sie will dem Denken
Zur Klarheit Wärme schenken
Und Mensch und Welt
In Einheit fest verbinden.

My translation:
I feel being of my being:
So speaks sensation,
Which in the sunlit world
With light-beams itself unites;
It wishes to thinking
For clarity warmth to gift
And human and world
In unity firmly to join.

My interpretation of the soul-calendar-04 meditation

Sensation speaks and says that it feels the essence of my being, the being of my being. It doesn't know itself, but, uniting itself with the increasing floods of light, feels that in the activity of sensation there lies something that gives me a sense of my essential core. It wants to vivify my thinking with its warmth, its warmth of feeling and thereby bind me to the world, unite me with the world in a sense of one-ness. However, the verse once again itself provides the knowledge of this happening. The verse raises my consciousness of this feeling of losing myself in the light and warmth of the world. The verse allows me to recognise that my tendency at this time of year is to do that, is to lose myself, but adds to this experience the self-knowledge I need to grow more mature on the path towards truly knowing myself in relation to the world and to myself. The underlying sense of love, which warms through my thinking helps me to trust that even if I would lose myself, despite having the verse to keep me conscious, everything will be alright.

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