A little mystery, a little poetry, a little different

In 2005 when one of my dear friends left the country, as so many did *angry/sad face,* she gave me a copy of Kahlil Gibran’s, ‘The Prophet.” And it is still, to this day, one of the best gifts I have ever received. On the first page she wrote, ‘A little mystery, a little poetry, a little different.’ She described it perfectly. If you haven’t read it, read it. You’ll see why.

Gibran was an artist, philosopher, writer and all round awesome guy. ‘The Prophet’ is his best known work, divided into 26 chapters, each dealing with a certain aspect of life. The Prophet speaks to the people of his learnings. Below you will find titbits from each chapter, my personal favourites.

Speak to us of Marriage…

‘Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each of you be alone, even as the strings of a lute are alone, though they quiver with the same music.’

Speak to us of Children…

‘You may give them your love, but not your thoughts, For they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies, but not their souls, For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow.’

Speak to us of Giving…

‘There are those who give little of the much which they have – and they give it for recognition and their hidden desire makes their gifts unwholesome. And then there are those who have little, and give it all. These are the believers in life and the bounty of life, and their coffer is never empty.’

Speak to us of Eating and Drinking…

‘And when you crush an apple with your teeth, say to it in your heart, ‘Your seeds shall l ive in my body, and the buds of your tomorrow shall blossom in my heart, and your fragrance shall be my breath, and together we shall rejoice through all the seasons.’

Speak to us of Work…

‘It is to charge all things you fashion with a breath of your own spirit, work is love made visible.’

Speak to us of Joy and Sorrow…

‘When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow, which is giving you joy, and when you are sorrowful, look again into your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.’

Speak to us of Houses…

‘Your house is your larger body. It grows in the sun and sleeps in the stillness of the night; and it is not dreamless. Does not your house dream? and dreaming, leave the city for a grove or hilltop?’

Speak to us of Clothes…

‘And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.’

Speak to us of Buying and Selling…

‘And before you leave the market place, see that no one has gone his way with empty hands. For the master spirit of the earth shall not sleep peacefully upon the wind till the needs of the least of you are satisfied.’

Speak to us of Laws…

‘You can muffle the drum, and you can loosen the strings of the lyre, but who shall command the skylark not to sing?’

Speak to us of Freedom…

‘And my heat bled within me; for you can only be free when even the desire of seeking freedom becomes a harness to you, and when you cease to speak of freedom as a goal and a fulfilment.’

Speak to us of Reason and Passion…

‘Reason, ruling alone, is a force confining; and passion, unattended, is a flame that burns to its own destruction. Therefore, let your soul exahlt your reason to the height of passion, that is may sing. Rest in reason, move in passion.’

Tell us of Pain…

‘Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so you must know pain.’

Speak to us of Self-Knowledge…

‘Say not, ‘I have found the truth,’ but rather, ‘I have found a truth. ‘Say not, ‘I have found the path of the soul,’ say rather, ‘I have met the soul walking upon my path.’ For the soul walks along all paths.’

Speak to us of Teaching…

‘If he is indeed wise, the teacher does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind.’

Speak to us of Friendship…

‘In the sweetness of friendship, let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things, the heart finds its morning, and is refreshed.’

Speak to us of Talking…

‘You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts; For thought is a bird of space, that in a cage of words may indeed unfold its wings but cannot fly.’

And what of Time…

‘Yet, the timeless in you is aware of life’s timelessness, and knows that yesterday is but today’s memory, and tomorrow is today’s dream.’

Speak to us of Good and Evil…

‘For what is evil but good tortured by it’s own hunger and thirst?’

Speak to us of Prayer…

‘When you pray, you rise to meet in the air those who are praying at that very hour, and whom save in prayer you may not meet.’

Speak to us of Pleasure…

‘And now you ask in your heart, ‘How shall we distinguish that which is good in pleasure from that which is not good?’ Go to your fields and your gardens, and you shall learn that it is the pleasure of the bee to gather honey of the flower, but it is also the pleasure of the flower to yield honey to the bee. And to both, bee and flower, the giving and receiving of pleasure is a need and an ecstasy. Be in your pleasures like the flowers and the bees.’

Speak to us of Beauty…

‘Beauty is a heart inflamed and a soul enchanted. Beauty is eternity gazing itself in the mirror.’

Speak to us of Religion…

‘Have i spoke of aught else all day? Who can separate his faith from his actions, or his belief from his occupations?’

We would now ask you, of Death…

‘If you would indeed behold the spirit of death, open your heart wide unto the body  of life. For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea, are one. Only when you drink from the river of silence, shall you indeed sing. And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climg. And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.’

The people then thank him for speaking and he says, ‘Was it I who spoke? Was I not also, a listener?’

Think about it. Read it.

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