Inspirationally Light Summer Reading with Kahlil Gibran in The Prophet
Khalil Gibran Speaks Through The Prophet
With a title like ‘The Prophet’, you might expect this book to be heavy reading. Not so! It’s a refreshingly light read with spiritual undertones that anyone, anywhere, religious or not can enjoy.
Kahlil Gibran (1883 - 1931) was a Lebanese born poet, writer, philosopher and artist who migrated to the US at the age of 12, with his mother and siblings, where he enjoyed a fulfilling writing and drawing career until his death.
"In The Prophet Gibran talks to us about every aspect of our daily lives - love and marriage, joy and sorrow, eating and drinking, buying and selling, crime and punishment, reason and passion, self-knowledge, friendship, time, prayer, freedom and beauty, religion and death" (Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet).
At first glance, these topics seem to be the same run-of-the-mill topics that we see bandied about in the news, in books, on websites and just about everywhere. What makes them hugely different in this book is the poetic and spiritually conscious manner in which they are addressed therein.
Take for example one of my favourite parts about children which has resonated and stayed with me ever since I first read the book in 2007. “Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, And though they are with you yet they belong not to you...You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.”
There’s more, but, you’ll agree with me that there is much food for thought here and, like me, after reading and reflecting on Kahlil’s writings you will be moved to a new level of spiritual consciousness.
There are only 96 pages interspersed with 11 of his interesting paintings which capture certain passages that have been expressed in words. So that makes only 85 pages of actual reading that, I promise, is inspirationally light.
Over 9 million copies of ‘The Prophet’ have been sold in the US alone and it has been translated into 20 languages worldwide!
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Listen to some of Kahlil Gibran's Poetry & Biography
Khalil Gibran on Pain (The Prophet)
Khalil Gibran on Love (The Prophet)
A collection of 10 books filled with “stories, prose poems, verse, parables and autobiographical essays [which] comprises the major body of Kahlil Gibran's works.”
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They say "A picture is worth a thousand words" and that is exactly the effect that Kahlil Gibran’s photos have on the viewer.
If you’ve read 'The Prophet' and had the opportunity to see his magnificent accompanying photos in that book, then you will understand what I am speaking about.
“Comprising two essays, this book features the Telfair’s collection of work by and about Gibran, the largest holding in the United States.
The collection spans Gibran’s career from his first major exhibition at photographer Frederick Holland Day’s studio in Boston in 1904 to works created during the last years of his life.”