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The Wisdom of Marcus Aurelius [Paperback]

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The message of this book is simple but powerful; we have a short time on earth, we don't know what is going to happen, and it doesn't matter. It is the best defense available agains the problems and stresses of out time.

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Pages   253
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 25, 2004
Publisher   O Books
ISBN  1903816742  
ISBN13  9781903816745  

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More About Alan Jacobs

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Alan Jacobs is Distinguished Professor of the Humanities in the Honors Program at Baylor University. He is the author of several books, including "The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction" (Oxford) and "Original Sin: A Cultural History" (HarperOne), and he has edited W. H. Auden's long poems "For the Time Being" and "The Age of Anxiety" (both Princeton).

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very inspiring  Jun 28, 2008
just read any page when you are feeling depressed and you will see what Aurelius saw as the essential meaning of life and the gift of it all.
Aphorisms for every day living  Nov 1, 2004
It is said that the collected sayings of Marcus Aurelius are the best treatise on practical philosophy ever written. Living in Rome at a time when Stoicism and the legacy of Socrates' wisdom were resounding through the marketplace and Senate, Emperor Marcus Aurelius composed a series of meditations, designed to help people get through the stresses and strains of daily life.

Previous translations of Aurelius' aphorisms have often been somewhat archaic however Alan Jacobs' new `transcreation' is an easily accessible and yet deeply profound interpretation of Aurelius' work. Using free verse in modern-day language, Jacobs has skilfully translated Aurelius' insights into a smooth and exquisite exposition on the Truth and the meaning of life. And in the manner of the Stoics, Jacobs has successfully woven into his text the immortal strands of reason and mysticism:

So what will guide us?
I answer unequivocally -
So keep your `will' free
from violence,
superior to pain and pleasure.
Never drift aimlessly
nor hypocritically,
but accepting all that
happens wholeheartedly
with a big yea-say!
Await death cheerfully
so the elements may be dissolved
and consciousness
return to its source.
Nothing is ever wrong if it follows
the `Nature of Things'.

To read regularly one or two verses from `The Spiritual Wisdom of Marcus Aurelius' is to remove oneself from the transitory nature of the day-to-day and be immersed in a transcendent wisdom, one which is as true for the Romans as it is for us today.

Alan Jacobs has published many books on the themes of mysticism and nondualist teachings, including, `The Wisdom of Balsekar: The Essence of Enlightenment from the World's Leading Teacher of Advaita', Watkins Publishing, 2004

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