Often we wonder what is the purpose of life ? What do we gain by living in this world ? Why do we work or play or live ? Why we have family, friends and society ? What is the meaning of all this ? We never find easy answers to such questions that sometimes arise within us. We quietly bury them in our minds and move on with our routine life. We explore the mysteries of life through religion or spirituality. But we abandon that too as soon as our overpowering duties of life take over.
So let’s keep it simple. Just read this small wonderful book “The Prophet”.
The Prophet is a book of 26 poetic essays that are philosophical, spiritual and inspirational. Gibran’s musings are divided into twenty-eight chapters covering such topics as love, marriage, children, giving, eating and drinking, work, joy and sorrow, housing, clothes, buying and selling, crime and punishment, laws, freedom, reason and passion, pain, self-knowledge, teaching, friendship, talking, time, good and evil, prayer, pleasure, beauty, religion, and death. The prophet in the book is Almustafa. He has lived in the city of Orphalese for 12 years and is about to board a ship which will carry him home. He is stopped by a group of people, with whom he discusses topics such as life and the human condition.
Here is what is he says about marriage:
“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.”
― Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet
The Prophet, is one of the most beloved classics of our time. It has been translated into more than twenty languages, and the American editions alone have sold more than nine million copies.The book is a pleasant reading and soothes your mind with its deep insights on various aspects of life. You will surely be a changed person after reading this wonderful book. Buy your own copy or Click here to download free pdf file.