AUTHOR: Khalil Gibran
RELEASE DATE: January 22, 2013 (originally published in 1923)
TYPE: Paperback; 176 pages
GENRE: Poetry, Spirituality, Classics
Originally published in 1923, The Prophet continues to inspire millions worldwide with its timeless words of love and mystical longing. Writing with insight, hope, and a remarkable compassion for the human condition, Khalil Gibran explores ideas of joy and sorrow, friendship, good and evil, pleasure, reason and passion, expressing humanity’s yearning for a Unity of Being, only achieved through love.
Written in a beautiful poetic form, The Prophet covers powerful topics such as love, spirituality, happiness, marriage, children and many more. Despite being written in 1923 the words are still just as powerful (if not more so) than they were at the time of original publication.
These poems moved me in a way I cannot describe. They are powerful as well as beautiful and they have stuck with me. I fully intend to purchase a copy of this book for myself so that I can read and re-read it when I feel it necessary. I think everyone needs to read this book at some point in their lives. Whatever religion you may be I think you will find that this points in the same direction–unity, love, peace.
“Let there be spaces in your togetherness, And let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup. Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone, Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music. Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping. For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together, yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.” –Gibran, On Marriage