Saturday, October 01, 2005

The Prophet by Khalil Gibran!

Deep thoughts, simple words!

Gibran's Prophet is the best example of how simple prose can be used to convey deep and powerful statement. As the name suggests, the book just recounts some sermons given by a prophet. The themes discussed include love, family, friendship, freedom, etc. This is one of those classsics that one must own and read every once in a while, for the wisdom in these words is bound to make every reader a better, completer person. It is a spiritual prose, full of deep insight and inspiration for one and all.

Some qoutes that I particularly like:

And ever it has been that love knows not his own depth until the hour of separation.

When love beckons to you, follow him, though his ways are hard and steep.

Work is love made visible.

Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.
The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy can it contain.

Your house is your larger body.

And how shall you punish those whose remorse is already greater than thier misdeeds.

For reason, ruling alone is a force confining;
And passion, unattended is a flame that burns to its own destruction.

Your pain is breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.

For self is a sea, boundless and measureless.

For vision of one man lends not its wings to another man.

In longing for your giant self lies your goodness and that longing is in all of you.

Trust your dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.


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vi said...

Hi Vivek,
Saw your post at sulekha...I don't usually go there anymore....anyways...

Nice many people have recommended Gibran to me but I haven't read his works yet...after reading your post...may be now is a good time!


Anonymous said...


u read too much :)
"And how shall you punish those whose remorse is already greater than thier misdeeds."