I am currently reading “The Prophet” by Kahlil Gibran. Its a collection of his short essays on various topic. Firstly it has nothing to do with the more popular “Prophet” founder of Islam. I have been asked by many people why I am reading Islam. Firstly its not about Islam. Even if it was about it, If I like it you can bet on me to read it.
Anyways coming back to the book, its a collection of really short essays, the best thing about Gibran’s writing is the simplicity in his philosophy, and have to say one of the most inspiring quotes I have ever read. I just thought, it would be nice to put up few quotes which I loved.
Gibran treats Love personified. He says “Like sheaves of corn he gathers onto himself. He threshes you to make you naked. He shifts you to free from your husks. He grinds you to whiteness. He kneads you until you are pliant. And then he assigns you to his sacred fire, that you may become sacred bread fot God’s sacred feast“. Finally he ends saying “Love gives us naught but itself and takes naught from itself“.
Speaking about Work, Gibran quotes “He who works in marble and finds the shape of his own soul in the stone, is nobler than he who ploughs the soil. And he who seizes the rainbow to lay it on a cloth in the likeness of man is more than he who makes sandles for our feet“. Gibran talks about how we need to love what we do, the more we do it with love more it is useful to the rest of the people. He quotes “For if you bake bread that with indifference, you bake a bitter bread that feeds but half man’s hunger“.
Speaking about Joy and Sorrow Gibran opines, “When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. when you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that iin truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight“. How true right. Finally he quotes “Verily you are suspended like scales between your sorrow and your joy, only when you are empty are you standstill and balanced“
Talking about Pain , Gibran says “Your pain is breaking of the shell that enclosed your understanding“. Wish I could get a Tshirt made of that one. He says that its mostly you, yourself cause for all the pain you got through. He says “It is the bitter portion by which the physician within you heals your sick self“.
Gibran considers Friendship as an answer to all your needs. He has an interesting way explaining the feeling. He says, “When your friend speaks his minf you fear not the “nay” in your mind, nor do you whithold the “ay” “. I wish I had more friends like these. He continues. “For without words, in a friendship, all thoughts, all desires, all expectations are born and shared, with joy that is unacclaimed“.
Finally the best essay of the book according to me so far. He writes about Talking. I wish I could post the whole essay out here, have been thinking about the same from quite long time and I get to read this. Gibran says “You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts. And when you can no longer dwell in the solitude of your heart you live in your lips and sound is a diversion and a pastime. And in much of your talking, thinking is half murdered. For thought is a bird if space, that in a cage of words may indeed unfold its wings but cannot fly“.