Kahlil Gibran

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Kahlil Gibran will simply remain for Eternity to be the Natural Mystic. His book The Prophet I quote extensively from, it is a Universal Spiritual Classic text in every culture around the world. Some of his paintings have been included on the page.



"What do you seek, My Countrymen?
Do you desire that I build for
You gorgeous palaces, decorated
With words of empty meaning, or
Temples roofed with dreams? Or
Do you command me to destroy what
The liars and tyrants have built?"

"If you can see only what light reveals and hear only what sound announces, then in truth you do not see nor do you hear....what is word knowledge but a shadow of wordless knowledge...A great singer is he who sings our silences" -Gibran

Love is the only freedom in the world because it so elevates the spirit that the laws of humanity and the phenomena of nature do not alter its course.
- Kahlil Gibran

...and to both bee and flower, the giving and receiving of pleasure is a need and an ecstasy. -Gibran

Your daily life is your temple and religion...take with you your all. -Gibran

Love embraces that which is between them rather than each other.-Gibran

"When in the market place...Invoke the master spirit of the earth, to come into your midst and sanctify the scales and the reckoning that weighs value against value". -Gibran

If I were to choose between the power of writing a poem and the ecstasy of a poem unwritten, I would choose the ecstasy. -Gibran

The earth loves to feel your bear feet and the wind to play with your hair.-Gibran

"That which sings and contemplates in you still dwells within the bound of that first moment that scattered the stars into space". -Gibran


"You cannot laugh and be unkind at the same time". -Gibran

And to both, bee and flower, the giving and receiving of pleasure is a need and an ecstasy. -Gibran

...you can muffle the drum, and you can loosen the strings of the lyre, but who can command the skylark not to sing.-Gibran

And let your board stand [as] an altar on which the pure and innocent of the forest and plain are sacrificed... -Gibran

We live only to discover beauty. All else is a form of waiting.-Gibran

No longing remains unfulfilled. -Gibran

There is no struggle of soul and body save in the minds of those whose souls are asleep and whose bodies are out of tune. -Gibran

A great singer is he who sings our silences.-Gibran

If you sing of beauty though alone in the heart of the desert you will have an audience. -Gibran

What if trouble should be a new window in the Eastern wall of your house?-Gibran

What we long for and cannot attain is dearer than what we have already attained.-Gibran

A bird and a feather in the bush is worth more than ten birds in the hand.Your seeking after 'that feather' is life with winged feet; nay it is life it self. -Gibran

When you meet your friend on the road side or the market place, let the spirit in you move your lips and your tongue. Let the voice within your voice speak to the ear of his ear; For his soul will keep the truth of your heart as the taste of wine is remembered. -Gibran

...when you crush an apple with your teeth, say to it in your heart, "Your seeds shall live in my body, 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. -Gibran

When you reach the end of what you should know, you will be at the beginning of what you should sense. -Gibran

Much in you is still man and much in you is not yet man but a shapeless pigmy that walks asleep in the mist searching for its own awakening. -Gibran

Your joy is your sorrow unmasked. -Gibran

A hermit is one who renounces the world of fragments that he may enjoy the world wholly and without interruption. -Gibran

[All true wisdom is only to be learned far from the dwellings of men, out in the great solitudes…To learn to see, to learn to hear, you must do this---go into the wilderness alone… --Igjugarjuk, Caribou shaman, In Joan Halifax, Shamanic Voices (Galland. 1980, p. 100).]

We shall never understand one another until we reduce the language to seven words.-Gibran

If this be indeed the hour in which I lift up my lantern, it is not my flame that shall burn therein. Empty and dark shall I raise my lantern, and the guardian of the night shall fill it with oil and he shall light it also. -Gibran

It was but yesterday we met in a dream.... and our dream is over... and if our hands should meet in another dream, we shall build another tower in the sky. -Gibran

When you reach your height you shall desire only for desire; and you shall hunger, for hunger; and you shall thirst for greater thirst.- Gibran

Would that you could meet the sun and wind with more of your skin and less of your raiment, for the breath of life is in the sunlight and the hand of life is in the wind... Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the wind longs to play with your hair. -Gibran

And behold I have found that which is greater than wisdom. It is a flame spirit in you ever gathering more of itself. -Gibran

And you vast sea sleepless mother who alone are peace and freedom to the river and the stream, only another winding will this stream make only another murmur in this glade...-Gibran

If you can see only what light reveals and hear only what sound announces, then in truth you do not see nor do you hear. -Gibran

I long for eternity because there I shall meet my unwritten poems and my unpainted pictures. -Gibran

Our most sacred tears never seek our eyes.-Gibran

Every thought I have imprisoned in expression I must free by my deeds. -Ghibran

Was the love of Judas' mother for her son less than the love of Mary for Jesus? -Gibran

And some of you have called me aloof, and drunk with my own aloneness, and you have said, "He holds council with trees of the forest but not with men. He sits alone on hill-tops and looks down upon the city". True it is that I have climbed the hills and walked in remote places. How could I have seen you save from a great height or a great distance? How can one be indeed near unless he be far? And others among you called unto me, not in words, and they said , " Stranger, stranger, lover of unreachable heights, why dwell uou among the summits where eagles build there nests? Why seek you the unattainable? What storms could you trap in your net, and what vaporous birds do you hunt in the sky? Come and be one of us. Descend and appease your hunger with our bread and quench your thirst with our wine". In the solitude of there souls they said these things; But were their solitude deeper they would have known that I sought but the secret of your joy and your pain, and I hunted only your larger selves that walk the sky. -Gibran

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