24.3.08

fondness for khalil gibran


khalil gibran(1883-1931) was a lebanese american artist ,writer and poet He is the third bestselling poet in history after shakespear and lao tse..
i am a huge fan of his poetry and writing.his book the prophet is of 26 poetic essays written in english in 1923.it is about the prophet Almustafa who has lived in the foreign city of Orphalese for 12 years and is about to board a ship which will carry him home. He is stopped by a group of people, with whom he discusses many issues of life and the human condition. The book is divided into chapters dealing with love, marriage, children, giving, eating and drinking, work, joy and sorrow, houses, clothes, buying and selling, crime and punishment, laws, freedom, reason and passion, pain, self-knowledge, teaching, friendship, talking, time, good and evil, prayer, pleasure, beauty, religion, and death. The book is Gibran's best known work..
here are few of his quotes ..i found from the net
on love-
For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you.Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning.
Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself.But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires:To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.To know the pain of too much tenderness.To be wounded by your own understanding of love;And to bleed willingly and joyfully.To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving;To rest at the noon hour and meditate love's ecstasy; to return home at eventide with gratitude;And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips.
On Joy and Sorrow
Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.And the selfsame well from which yourlaughter rises was oftentime filled with your tears...When you are joyous, look deep intoyour heart and you shall find it is onlythat which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.When you are sorrowful look again inyour heart, and you shall see that in truthyou are weeping for that which has beenyour delight.
On Friendship
Your friend is your needs answered.He is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving.And he is your board and your fireside.For you come to him with your hunger, and you seek him for peace.
And let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit. For love that seeks aught but the disclosure of its own mystery is not love but a net cast forth: and only the unprofitable is caught.

1 comment:

sourabh said...

i have a copy of The Prophet - Khalil Gibran
its worth a read

gogu

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