Recommended Reading: Buddha in Glory

I am increasingly charmed by Rilke’s poetry, though I’ve read little of it. I’m so glad reader “Ginapoet” brought this poem to my attention. Rilke’s work is undeniably lyrical and mystical, and this particular poem possesses a certain sensuality as well. This poem reminds me of Rumi or Khalil Gibran, so if you’re a fan of those poets, you may like this one. It might be a poem worth memorizing to tell yourself whilst doing yoga or maybe swimming laps.  Cheers! (Also, I only have one more poem of recommended reading left to share– any others you’d like to see here?)

Some pictures of Rilke make him look like a pre-WWI anarchist, but he just looks like your typical tortured poet in this one.
Some pictures of Rilke make him look like a pre-WWI anarchist, but he just looks like your typical tortured poet in this one.

Buddha in Glory
by Rainer Maria Rilke

Center of all centers, core of cores
almond self-enclosed, and growing sweet–
all this universe, to the furthest stars
all beyond them, is your flesh, your fruit.

Now you feel how nothing clings to you;
your vast shell reaches into endless space,
and there the rich, thick fluids rise and flow.
Illuminated in your infinite peace,

a billion stars go spinning through the night,
blazing high above your head.
But in you is the presence that
will be, when all the stars are dead.

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