Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Kahlil Gibran - The Greatest Works of..

My good friend lent me a book that contains the 12 Greatest Workings of Kahlil Gibran.

I took a few looks at it and it looked promising to me since I am not that much of a reader. I started reading it and went on to finish a part of 'The Prophet'.

I had read that much and I thought it was absolutely amazing.

My friend had lent me the book because they thought that it was similar to my line of poetry writing in my first two books - Rapidly Blue & Wonderous World. I can see why they saw it that way, one look at the way Gibran wrote in 'The Prophet' and it was astoundingly similar.

It seems I have been deemed - unknowingly - a student of the Gibran school of poetry.

Move over Shakespeare.

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Kahlil Gibran on Reason and Passion:

"And the priestess spoke again and said: 'Speak to us of Reason and Passion.'

And he answered saying:

Your soul is oftentimes a battlefield, upon which your reason and your judgment wage war against passion and your appetite.

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.

But how shall I, unless you yourselves be also the peacemakers, nay, the lovers of all your elements?

Your reason and your passion are the rudder and the sails of your seafaring soul.

If either your sails or our rudder be broken, you can but toss and drift, or else be held at a standstill in mid-seas.

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

Therefore let your soul exalt your reason to the height of passion; that it may sing;

And let it direct your passion with reason, that your passion may live through its own daily resurrection, and like the phoenix rise above its own ashes.

I would have you consider your judgment and your appetite even as you would two loved guests in your house.

Surely you would not honour one guest above the other; for he who is more mindful of one loses the love and the faith of both.

Among the hills, when you sit in the cool shade of the white poplars, sharing the peace and serenity of distant fields and meadows - then let your heart say in silence, 'God rests in reason.'

And when the storm comes, and the mighty wind shakes the forest, and thunder and lightning proclaim the majesty of the sky, - then let your heart say in awe, 'God moves in passion.'

And since you are a breath In God's sphere, and a leaf in God's forest, you too should rest in reason and move in passion."

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Links:

- Poet: Kahlil Gibran - All poems by Kahlil Gibran

6 comments:

moviemania said...

Wow.. That was a beautiful excerpt. I've always been interested in Gibran's work, I must buy his book then..

Sleepless In Muscat said...

you can find it on amazon.com but they're currently out of stock so you're going to have to wait a couple of months - maybe.

moviemania said...

I saw The Prophet in Virgin, and I think they had the book which has a collection of his work.. I have to go check it out again..

Sleepless In Muscat said...

then you should go and get it and quick, too

Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

I was introduced to Gibran in 2001. Found a copy of the The Prophet in a small book shop in Dublin...how about that?

Later on as I moved to Syria I bought the complete works there. Many people don't know that the Prophet was in fact written in english not translated from arabic. He wrote some works in arabic but many in English having spent a lot of time in the States.

Sleepless In Muscat said...

now there's something i never knew. i presumed that all Gibran's work were done in Arabic.

fantastic stuff i have to say

:o)