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Mystical journey of one book - Desiderata

PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2010 11:44 pm
by mirjana
"Desiderata" is a prose poem by Max Ehrmann about that how to attain happiness in life.
I post it here because of its beauty and because of all mysticism that for some time was spread about it.

[color=#7e0000] The Desiderata

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there maybe in silence;
As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons;
Speak your truth quietly& clearly, and listen to the others, even to the dull and the ignorant, they too have their story;
Avoid loud and aggressive people, they are vexations to the spirit;
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself;
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans;
Keep interested in your own career, however humble, it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time;
Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery, but let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals and everywhere life is full of heroism;
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection, neither be cynical about love, for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is a as perennial as the grass;
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth;
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune, but do not distress yourself with dark imaginings; many fears are born out of fatigue and loneliness;
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself, you are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here; and whatever or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should;
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive him to be;
And whatever your labour & aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul with all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world;
Be cheerful, strive to be happy.

The author is Max Ehrmann ( 1872 - 1945) , American spiritual writer.

What is interesting about this poem?

"Around 1959, the Rev. Frederick Kates, rector of Saint Paul's Church in Baltimore, Maryland, used the poem in a collection of devotional materials he compiled for his congregation. At the top of the handout was the notation: "Old Saint Paul's Church, Baltimore A.D. 1692." In the 1960s, it was widely circulated without attribution to Ehrmann, sometimes with the claim that it was found in Saint Paul's Church, Baltimore, Maryland, and that it had been written in 1692 (the year of the founding of Saint Paul's)." (Wikipedia)

Only thank to Adlai Ewing Stevenson, American politician who died 1965, it became clear who was true author of that poem, because Desiderata poetry collection was found by him. It was clear then that this poem belongs to Max Ehrmann and that it is from his book "The Desiderata of Happiness" written 1927.
Nice example that every book has its life, history and mysticism.


Re: Desiderata

PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2010 11:59 pm
by Sabina
Mirjana, this is beautiful!

Thank you for posting it.
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Re: Mystical journey of one book - Desiderata

PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2010 10:05 pm
by Pat
Mirjana This is such a great writing. I have had a copy of the desiderata in my home since 1970...use to have the words put to music but I lost it somewhre along the way . I have always loved the desiderata.. it reminds me in some ways of the Poem "If" by Rudyard Kipling.

Re: Mystical journey of one book - Desiderata

PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 2010 1:32 am
by Heidi
Really beautiful, Mirjana!
Thanks for sharing!

Re: Mystical journey of one book - Desiderata

PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 2010 1:41 am
by mirjana
Pat =0) Heidi =0) Sabina
Great to see you gathered here around these inspiring verses. Like atracts like... =0)


Re: Mystical journey of one book - Desiderata

PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 11:10 am
by pineal
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Re: Mystical journey of one book - Desiderata

PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 7:53 pm
by GenerousGeorge
WAIT! WAIT!.... True inspiration and values must come from JESUS! =0X

Re: Mystical journey of one book - Desiderata

PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 8:09 pm
by Sabina
Yes George, the whole background of the poem, how it was used and its origins misinterpreted by the Church is not great. Mirjana provided very good background information, an interesting read, but I completely focused on the poem itself, even though I did read the additional piece of text as well.


I suppose this or that church misinterpreting this or that information, and its history doesn't surprise me much anymore.