Wisdom Books: The Prophet By Kahil Gibran

“The Prophet is a book of 26 poetic essays written in English in 1923 by the Lebanese artist, philosopher and writer Khalil Gibran. In the book, the prophet Almustafa, who has lived in the foreign city of Orphalese for 12 years, is about to board a ship which will carry him home. He is stopped by a group of people, with whom he discusses many issues of life and the human condition.”

~ Wikilivres

Here are are a few words of wisdom from within this most poetic but philosophical of books:

SELF-KNOWLEDGE

And a man said, “Speak to us of Self-Knowledge.”

And he answered, saying:

Your hearts know in silence the secrets of the days and the nights.

But your ears thirst for the sound of your heart’s knowledge.

You would know in words that which you have always know in thought.

You would touch with your fingers the naked body of your dreams.

And it is well you should.

The hidden well-spring of your soul must needs rise and run murmuring to the sea;

And the treasure of your infinite depths would be revealed to your eyes.

But let there be no scales to weigh your unknown treasure;

And seek not the depths of your knowledge with staff or sounding line.

For self is a sea boundless and measureless.

Say not, “I have found the truth,” but rather, “I have found a truth.”

Say not, “I have found the path of the soul.” Say rather, “I have met the soul walking upon my path.”

For the soul walks upon all paths.

The soul walks not upon a line, neither does it grow like a reed.

The soul unfolds itself, like a lotus of countless petals […]

 

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4 Comments

  1. Jason, I recently attended a wedding where the groom’s family for generations had literally been raised on the works of Gibran. It was fun to hear a wedding ceremony consisting almost entirely of his words.

  2. Jason Cooper says:

    NP, Being a wedding I guess they read the passage to “Then said Almitra, Speak to us of Love.”

    Wonderful poetic wisdom to be gained from Gibran’s mystical words. Who knows, I may state in my will for him to be read at my funeral.

  3. Jonathan Ben says:

    Hi Jason!! “The Prophet” is a great book by Khalil Gibran. I would like to take a little visit in this blog. For the cause that it is seems interesting for me. Thanks 🙂
    dubturbo

  4. Jason Cooper says:

    Hi Jonathan,

    Thanks for visiting. Hopefully you will find even more posts of prophetic wisdom on this blog.