ABOUT THE AUTHOR
This book is written by Khalil Gibran Although born and raised into a Maronite Christian family and having attended a Maronite school, Gibran was also influenced by Islam, and especially by the mysticism of the Sufis.
Born: January 6, 1883, Bsharri, Lebanon
Died: April 10, 1931, Saint Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center, New York, United States
Movies: The Prophet, The Three Ants, The Broken Wings
ABOUT THE BOOK
Name: The prophet
Originally published: 1923
Author: Kahlil Gibran
Original language: English
Page count: 78
Subject: Life and the human condition
Genres: Poetry, Fiction, Prose poetry
Al Mustafa, who was the dawn onto his day, waited for twelve years for the return of his ship and take him to his birth city. Finally, the day arose he was so happy that the doors of his heart were vivaciously open and his joy went far across the sea. He closed his eyes and prayed in silence. Gradually his happiness descends and a state of calmness came upon him. He asked himself can I go without sorrow? without a wound in my spirit?
The place where long were the days of my pain and long were the nights of my aloneness. Can I depart without regret? it is not the garments that I cast off this day but the skin that I tear with my own hands. Fain would I take all the happiness with me but how would I?
A voice cannot carry the tongue and lips that gave it wings. He sees the villagers coming towards him and shouting his name and hastening towards the city gates. He was lost in many questions and sorrow it was hard to leave the city and people.
When he entered into the city all came to him crying and saying not yet leave us, suffer not yet our eyes to hunger for your face. You are no stranger anymore among us indeed our beloved and son let not the sea separate us this moment. He kept his head low and upon his breast, the tears came down. The people departed with him and before he left they wanted to get more knowledge and give unto their children so it does not perish and they started asking.
Then said Almitra, speak to us about ”Love”.
With a great voice, he says
”When love beckons to you, follow him,
Though his ways are hard and steep,
When his wings enfold you yield to him,
Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you,
And when he speaks to you believe in him,
Though his voice may shatter your dreams as the north wind lays waste the garden”.
If we search for only tenderness in love but not hardships and dilemmas we may never know the feelings of love. It gives you the path but full of thorns you don’t choose love makes its root to you. Love emboldens you to meditate its ecstasy fills your heart with gratitude and teach your lips a song of praise.
Then Almitra asked again, talk to us about the ”MARRIAGE” master.
He said you were born together and you will be together forevermore. The day when the shadow of death scatters you, the day when you are in joy and pain there is also togetherness but let there be space in your togetherness and let the fragrance of love travel between your souls. Not you make the bond of love and get one in charge of the other but let life take charge of your heart. And stand together yet not too near, for the pillars of the temple stand apart.
Then a woman who was carrying a baby against her bosom asked to talk about ”CHILDREN”.
Your children have come through you but not from you. They are the sons and daughters of life’s longing for itself. You may give them your love but not your thoughts, you may teach the norms of life yet cannot nurture their souls. You may strive to be like them yet cannot attain to make them like you for life does not go backward nor tarries with yesterday. They are the belongings of tomorrow and you cannot visit nor in dreams.
Then a rich man said tell us about ON GIVING.
Is there aught you would withhold? said him
Everything you have one day shall be given. You give but little when give of your possessions it is when you give all of you that you truly give. Some give little of the much they have, they give for recognition and worthless standard. Some give all they have are the believers in life and their coffer is never empty. Some give with joy for their joy is their reward.
And those who give with pain for their pain is their baptism. And some give with no sorrow and no joy, they give as in yonder village a myrtle breathes its fragrance into space.
Now the people wanted to hear about ”JOY AND SORROW”.
Then he said there is no joy without sorrow. These two are inseparable. Your joy is your sorrow unmasked. When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that gives you joy.
Then a woman wanted to hear about ”PAIN”.
Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. Even the stone of the fruit is to be broken so that the heart of the fruit can stand in the sun so must you know the pain.
This is a fictional book that reveals every aspect of life. It tells us the way to live and the reality of life. I have summarized very few of so much because it need not just read yet it demands to feel and know what is life and how we have for granted everything. Every line of this book connects you to spiritual feelings and makes you think out of the box.