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The Prophet

Post by OnlyNow » Fri Jul 20, 2007 11:53 pm

I have a little book called the prophet by kahlil gibran, perhaps some of you know it.

Its a beautifully poetic book, the language majestic in places.

I'd like to reproduce just a little that I was reading tonight.

He is answering a question about religion and near the end of his reply he's says this

"And if you would know God, be not therefore a solver of riddles.

Rather look about you and you will see Him playing with your children.

And look into space; you shall see Him walking in the cloud, outstreching His arms in the lightening and descending in rain.

You shall see Him smiling in flowers, then rising and waving His hands in trees"
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Post by Wings » Sat Jul 21, 2007 9:14 am

For me, Kahlil Gibran, goes back at least 40 years maybe more and his words still loomed in spirit and voice when my children’s ages opened the door of their/our home and took claim of the universe as their guide.

Like us all, eventually life takes hold and your children now walk the earth on their own terms to make life what it is for them and theirs.

Kahlil said it so well way back then:


Your children are not your children.

They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.

They come through you but not from you.

And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

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, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.

You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.

For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.

The archer sees the mark upon the path of the Infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.

Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness;

For even as he loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable.

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Post by heidi » Sat Jul 21, 2007 2:43 pm

NOTE: I just moved this topic over to Related Books

My mother gave me that book when I was around 14 years old (41 years ago!). And some things resonated and stuck with me all these years, and were a foundation when I was raising my own kids, such as the passage Wings quoted
(paraphrasing here)
"Your children come through you not from you."
"Love possesses not nor will it be possessed, for love is sufficient unto love." and something like this "Two trees can't grow in each others' shade..."

Here are some Gibran quotes for you:
http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quote ... 00719.html
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Post by OnlyNow » Sat Jul 21, 2007 4:04 pm

Yes, I have had the book 20 years, somewhat dog-eared now.

It really is a treasure trove

yes heidi

that is in his answer regarding marriage
......and stand together yet not too near together:

For the pillars of the temple stand apart,

And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each others shadow.
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Post by Wings » Sat Jul 21, 2007 7:31 pm

Heidi, thank you for your entry and that great website of quotes which is now bookmarked. From time too time I also look to find words which are as ancient as thought.

On U-tube, if my memory is in focus, it appeared that ET with a grimacing wrinkle and a dubious smile eluded too thought as not only limited but simple and old. In human life as we know it, thoughts are made up of words we relate too but these thoughts are so old and archaic they have continually repeated themselves within our existence since who knows when.

Thoughts and their words do become all too familiar and a time comes when the antiquity of thought needs rest, allowing the emersion of stillness of silence to become more of you when repose extends a needing hand.

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Post by lucy » Sat Jul 21, 2007 8:52 pm

I picked up the prophet about thirty years ago. It resonated with me back then, today I undderstand why it did... I think Kahil Gibran is from the Sufi tradtion, a very peaceful part of Islam.

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Post by Wings » Sat Jul 21, 2007 10:40 pm

KAHLIL GIBRAN 1883 – 1931

Gibran’s bio and other works are prominent for viewing on this website. After reading his bio I realized my first exposure to his works was in 1963, 40 years after publishing The Prophet.

Moreover, as the man and author he remained a mystery until you and the web just opened this window.

Life indeed is interesting …………

http://www.kahlil.org/home.html

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Post by OnlyNow » Sun Jul 22, 2007 12:23 pm

Yes, the most wonderful aspect of life is its appearances ( it just won't go away :lol: )

Even in our most deepest ego journeys life keeps appearing, its keeps giving us little reminders of itself through the gloom of our ego, our illusion

Just like the sun on a very cloudy day that just pokes its head through momentarily before sunset

Sometimes our problem is we try to grasp our enlightenment ( never works) when all we have to do is not grasp ( we already have it) but just release our ego

But hey, if you don't do it this moment, your'll carry on suffering until you realise that it has to be released in the NOW, not next week.

As ET says this moment is the only place life IS, the sharp end, there is nothing else but illusion

Being lost in form subjects us to 'time'

There is only NOW
......when the pupil is ready the master appears..........


This master is presence ( though it dons many outfits) its always here for us under the gloom of the ego.

Sorry, if I'm preaching.
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Post by Ever Learning » Mon Jul 23, 2007 9:00 am

Still my favorite book. :D

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Post by erict » Fri Aug 10, 2007 9:30 pm

I guess no one is aware of this, but I am hosting a very comprehensive and well made, though little visited, site about Kahlil Gibran that a friend of mine made.

http://www.inner-growth.info/khalil_gib ... t/main.htm
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Kahlil Gibran - The Prophet

Post by aquarius123esoteric » Sat Sep 08, 2007 4:56 pm

I would like to share with you my own edited version of the following:

ABOUT CHILDREN
A woman held her babe against her bosom and said:
‘Speak to us of children’,
And the Prophet replied: ‘Your children are not your children;
They are the sons and daughters of life’s longing to experience itself.
Your children come through you, but they are
Neither of you nor from you;
And although for a time, they are with you,
They do not belong to you.
You may give them your love, but not your thoughts,
For they have to think their own thoughts.

You may house their bodies, but not their souls,
Because they dwell in the house of tomorrow,
Which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
But you will visit it again, when you return to Earth
As a child in future lifetimes.

You may strive to be like them;
Be young and see your world through the eyes of a child again,
But do not seek to make them like you,
For life neither goes backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which life sends forth Its children
As living arrows.

The Divine Archer alone can see their mark and yours
Upon the path of the Infinite.
With His might he bends each one of you into shape,
So that all His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the Archer’s hand be with gladness;
For as much as He loves the arrow that flies,
He loves the bow that is stable.

He particularly loves parents, who give their children roots to grown in
And the freedom to fly when their time has come to do so;
Who as their children grow up, slowly step back and set them free,
Encouraging them to learn from their own experiences,
And to dream their own dreams;
Who do all they can to help their children
To fulfil their own highest potential, not their parents’.

The Archer loves wise parents and teachers,
Who tell the children in their care that they are the children of God
And that therefore one is as precious and unique as the other;
Who respect them because they know that even when a child is still living
In a smaller body than their own, it has nonetheless
Come into our world as a fully developed soul and spirit in its own right,
Who may have a long history of evolution behind it
That could have taken more lifetimes than those of its parents.

Wise parents tell their offspring that they are certainly not some kind
Of appendix of theirs and that they have come into this life
To learn, evolve and grow some more through their own experiences,
The same as they are doing and will always continue to do.
When their children go to school, they point out to them that they are
Learning for themselves and for life itself,
Not only for this lifetime, but for Eternity.
They explain to them the laws of the Universe and that because of this,
Whatever anyone sends out to life has to return to them.
And they teach by their good example that it is necessary
To have some input into this life, before one can expect
To get anything of value from it.

From ‘The Prophet’ by Kahlil Gibran 1883-1931
Libanese/American poet
Edited by Aquarius 2007

From ‘White Eagle on Reincarnation’: ‘The Master Jesus referred more than once to trees, and he cursed the barren fig tree, an action that has remained a puzzle to many Christians. He cursed the fig tree because it bore no fruit, and by so doing he showed to us that a person must bring forth the fruits of life, and that if he or she fails through sloth or ignorance to do so, this incarnation is nil, is wasted. Like a tree, the individual life must neither be barren of good nor wholly unproductive.’

With love and light,
Aquarius


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Post by aquarius123esoteric » Sat Sep 08, 2007 5:00 pm

Thank you, Eric, for sharing the address of the Kahlil Gibran website with us here. I have greatly enjoyed it - especially the photos and also the quotes - and added the site to the list of my favourites. With love - Aquarius

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