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Words of Wisdom

Gibran, Love, wisdom

Reading and education is good for the soul and the mind.  It expands our view of our world and teaches us how to be in the world.  We are enlightened through the views of others.  We all have something to contribute but also something to learn.  One of my favorite timeless teachers is Kahlil Gibran (1883 – 1931) who is, according to Wikipedia, “the third best selling poet in history, after William Shakespeare and Laozi.”  I became acquainted with Kahlil Gibran in the 70s and have held on dearly to the book, The Prophet, going back to read it many times.  I have been enlightened by the wisdom he brings forth into our world.    I have also recommended Gibran’s teachings to others when they have voiced concern over things like love and marriage, friendship and children, and much more.  He lived in the United States and died here as well.  Let us see what we can learn about LOVE, from THE PROPHET, first published in 1923.  Then said Almitra, "Speak to us of Love."And he raised his head and looked upon the people, and there fell a stillness upon them. And with a great voice he said:When love beckons to you follow him,Though his ways are hard and steep.And 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.For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you. Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning.Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your tenderest branches that quiver in the sun,So shall he descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to the earth.Like sheaves of corn he gathers you unto himself.He threshes you to make you naked.He sifts you to free you 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 for God's sacred feast.All these things shall love do unto you that you may know the secrets of your heart, and in that knowledge become a fragment of Life's heart.But if in your fear you would seek only love's peace and love's pleasure,Then it is better for you that you cover your nakedness and pass out of love's threshing-floor,Into the seasonless world where you shall laugh, but not all of your laughter, and weep, but not all of your tears.Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself. Love possesses not nor would it be possessed;For love is sufficient unto love.When you love you should not say, "God is in my heart," but rather, I am in the heart of God."And think not you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself.But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires:To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.To know the pain of too much tenderness.To be wounded by your own understanding of love;And to bleed willingly and joyfully.To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving;To rest at the noon hour and meditate love's ecstasy;To return home at eventide with gratitude;And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips.Your faith companion, Cindy K.For more of THE PROPHET,  go to:  http://www.geocities.com/Athens/5484/Gibran.htm 

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