The teacher who walks in the shadow of the temple, among his followers, gives not of his wisdom but rather of his faith and his lovingness. 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.”. And how shall you rise beyond your days and nights unless you break the chains which you at the dawn of your understanding have fastened around your noon hour? For what distances can love reach that are not in that vast sphere? Oftentimes in denying yourself pleasure you do but store the desire in the But let not him who longs much say to him who longs little, “Wherefore are you slow and halting?”, For the truly good ask not the naked, “Where is your garment?” nor the houseless, “What has befallen your house?”. Almustafa, the chosen and the beloved, who was a dawn unto his own day, had waited twelve years in the city of Orphalese for his ship that was to return and bear him back to the isle of his birth. It is to build a house with affection, even as if your beloved were to dwell in that house. And he who is versed in the science of numbers can tell of the regions of weight and measure, but he cannot conduct you thither. You have given me my deeper thirsting after life. Janie ponders her shortcomings. Yet unless the exchange be in love and kindly justice, it will but lead some to greed and others to hunger. You shall not dwell in tombs made by the dead for the living. To you the earth yields her fruit, and you shall not want if you but know how to fill your hands. And some of you have called me aloof, and drunk with my own aloneness. You often say, “I would give, but only to the deserving.”. But to whom life is a rock, and the law a chisel with which they would carve it in their own likeness? bread for God’s sacred feast. But I say to you that when you work you fulfil a part of earth’s furthest dream, assigned to you when that dream was born. be your way and your guide? You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the termsof the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online … he who ploughs the soil. If any of you would bring to judgement the unfaithful wife, Let him also weigh the heart of her husband in scales, and measure his soul with measurements. KHALIL GIBRAN THE PROPHET. At the city gate and by your fireside I have seen you prostrate yourself and worship your own freedom. And if you would know God be not therefore a solver of riddles. 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. of night. And when they reached my depth the streams and the rivers ceased not yet to sing. You are good when you walk to your goal firmly and with bold steps. And my heart 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. The prophet, Al Mustafa, has lived in the city of Orphalese for 12 years and is about to board a ship which will carry him home. And I fain would have you sing it with fullness of heart; yet I would not have you lose your hearts in the singing. You are also as strong as your strongest link. You give but little when you give of your possessions. Like sheaves of corn he gathers you unto himself. Kahlil Gibran - 1883-1931. The Prophet. Man’s needs change, but not his love, nor his desire that his love should satisfy his needs. For what are your possessions but things you keep and guard for fear you may need them tomorrow? And then shall I come to you, a boundless drop to a boundless ocean. If it is an unjust law you would abolish, that law was written with your own hand upon your own forehead. and your shadow has been a light upon our faces. Kahlil Gibran, author of The Prophet, was born January 6, 1883, in Bsharri, Lebanon. The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran. the spirit or offend against it. The Gibran National Committee (GNC) is a nonprofit organization formed by virtue of Decree No. All your hours are wings that beat through space from self to self. And when one of you falls down he falls for those behind him, a caution against the stumbling stone. To be wounded by your own understanding of love; To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of How could I have seen you save from a great height or a great distance? 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. They give that they may live, for to withhold is to perish. Yet this we ask ere you leave us, that you speak to us and give us of your truth. These things move within you as lights and shadows in pairs that cling. Yet you shall not deplore having known blindness, nor regret having been deaf. And if there come the singers and the dancers and the flute players,—buy of their gifts also. For in that day you shall know the hidden purposes in all things. Rather look about you and you shall see Him playing with your children. Annual sales reached 12,000 in 1935, 111,000 in 1961 and 240,000 in 1965. While you, heedless of its expansion, bewail the withering of your days. Pity that the stags cannot teach swiftness to the turtles. Gibran had two younger sisters, Marianna and Sultana, and an older half-brother, Boutros, from one of Kamila's previous marriages. But you who walk facing the sun, what images drawn on the earth can hold you? And when the shadow fades and is no more, the light that lingers becomes a shadow to another light. Sixty-sixth printing of Lebanese-American and New Age pioneer Gibran's classic collection of quasi-spiritual prose poems, recounting the return journey of the prophet Al Mustafa after 12 years But a shapeless pigmy that walks asleep in the mist searching for its own awakening. His parents, Khalil Sa'd Gibran and Kamila Rahmeh, the daughter of a priest, were MaroniteChristians. 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. True it is that I have climbed the hills and walked in remote places. The noontide is upon us and our half waking has turned to fuller day, and we must part. And the white-handed is not clean in the doings of the felon. And now you come in my awakening, which is my deeper dream. Whenever you pass by the field where you have laid your ancestors look well thereupon, and you shall see yourselves and your children dancing The astronomer may speak to you of his understanding of space, but he cannot give you his understanding. [6], Though born a Maronite, Gibran was influenced not only by his own religion but also by Islam, and especially by the mysticism of the Sufis. This masterpiece is now available for FREE here in the United States. But rather a garden for ever in bloom and a flock of angels for ever in flight. And that which is neither deed nor reflection, but a wonder and a surprise ever springing in the soul, even while the hands hew the stone or tend the loom? Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you. And if you but listen in the stillness of the night you shall hear them saying in silence. And there are among you those who are neither young to seek nor old to Verily the kindness that gazes upon itself in a mirror turns to stone. And to my silence came the laughter of your children in streams, and the longing of your youths in rivers. No stranger are you among us, nor a guest, but our son and our dearly beloved. [8]:p55 Connections and parallels have also been made to William Blake's work,[9] as well as the theological ideas of Walt Whitman and Ralph Waldo Emerson such as reincarnation and the Over-soul. A little while, and my longing shall gather dust and foam for another body. For when my wings were spread in the sun their shadow upon the earth was a Farewell to you and the youth I have spent with you. Therefore let your visit to that temple invisible be for naught but ecstasy and sweet communion. Verily when good is hungry it seeks food even in dark caves, and when it thirsts it drinks even of dead waters. Aye, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God. And to both, bee and flower, the giving and the receiving of pleasure is a Shall my heart become a tree heavy-laden with fruit that I may gather and give unto them? And is it not a dream which none of you remember having dreamt, that builded your city and fashioned all there is in it? Like a young mother half-shy of her own glory she walks among us.”. Verily the ocean laughs always with the innocent. Kahlil Gibran’s masterpiece, The Prophet, is one of the most beloved classics of our time. Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed. Love has no other desire but to fulfil itself. I would have them seek. Build of your imaginings a bower in the wilderness ere you build a house within the city walls. The hidden well-spring of your soul must needs rise and run murmuring to Yet spring, reposing within you, smiles in her drowsiness and is not offended. And shall your flame or your smoke burden the wind? Of the good in you I can speak, but not of the evil. Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb. But shame was his loom, and the softening of the sinews was his thread. And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance. For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun? For reason, ruling alone, is a force confining; and passion, unattended, is a flame that burns to its own But now our sleep has fled and our dream is over, and it is no longer dawn. For the master spirit of the earth shall not sleep peacefully upon the wind till the needs of the least of you are satisfied. [21], Gibran followed The Prophet with The Garden of the Prophet, which was published posthumously in 1933. For a divided house is not a den of thieves; it is only a divided house. The Prophet by Khalil Gibran entered the world of Public Domain on January 1, 2019. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. But how shall you find it unless you seek it in the heart of life? Would that I could gather your houses into my hand, and like a sower scatter them in forest and meadow. And what is word knowledge but a shadow of wordless knowledge? But he answered them not. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it. And how prosecute you him who in action is a deceiver and an oppressor. When you meet your friend on the roadside or in the market place, let the spirit in you move your lips and direct your tongue. And think not you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course. The GNC holds the exclusive rights to manage the Lebanese author Gibran Khalil Gibran’s copyright in and to his literary and artistic works. Shipped with USPS Media Mail. Rather rise together with the giver on his gifts as on wings; For to be overmindful of your debt, is ito doubt his generosity who has the freehearted earth for mother, and God for father. For you come to him with your hunger, and you seek him for peace. Its poetic wisdom and the spiritual universal message has made it a modern classic now translated to more than 40 languages. We cannot ask thee for aught, for thou knowest our needs before they are born in us: Thou art our need; and in giving us more of thyself thou givest us all.”. Some of your youth seek pleasure as if it were all, and they are judged and rebuked. You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you. And when the unclean shall be no more, what were modesty but a fetter and a fouling of the mind? But how shall I, unless you yourselves be also the peacemakers, nay, the lovers of all your elements? And ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation. And in others it is a flat stream that loses itself in angles and bends and lingers before it reaches the shore. And oftentimes I was among you a lake among the mountains. Yet if it comforts them to regret, let them be comforted. Take the plough and the forge and the mallet and the lute. Life, and all that lives, is conceived in the mist and not in the crystal. When you part from your friend, you grieve not; For that which you love most in him may be clearer in his absence, as the mountain to the climber is clearer from the plain. And in the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. Love possesses not nor would it be possessed; When you love you should not say, “God is in my heart,” but rather, “I am in the heart of God.”. If these be vague words, then seek not to clear them. But much in his heart remained unsaid. The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Prophet, by Kahlil GibranThis eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere in the United States andmost other parts of the world at no cost and with almost no restrictionswhatsoever. When in the market place you toilers of the sea and fields and vineyards meet the weavers and the potters and the gatherers of spices,—. Some of you say, “It is the north wind who has woven the clothes we wear.”. need and an ecstasy. And alone and without his nest shall the eagle fly across the sun. And as a single leaf turns not yellow but with the silent knowledge of the whole tree, It is a flame spirit in you ever gathering more of itself. Then the gates of his heart were flung open, and his joy flew far over the sea. “By the same power that slays you, I too am slain; and I too shall be consumed. Yet you are not evil when you seek gain for yourself. And when his work was done he laughed in the forest. It lulls you to sleep only to stand by your bed and jeer at the dignity of the flesh. Would that I could be the peacemaker in your soul, that I might turn the discord and the rivalry of your elements into oneness and melody.

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