On Love by Gibran

posted on 11th of february, 2011

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.

Gibran Khalil Gibran, The Prophet - On Love.

Comments (29)

Posted by Elianehaykal on August 28, 2011
He's of my favorites too (obviously!), thank you :)
Posted by Kharyadi on August 26, 2011
All of Gibran's poetry are my favorite. The Prophet is the most i love. It is very inspiring.
Posted by Elianehaykal on June 11, 2011
So true Mat..
Posted by Tan510jomast on June 11, 2011
Gibran and Rumi have long been my regular reading. Fine historic gems we never tire , and even more precious when we see how little we have coming out of our era.
Posted by Friday123 on February 22, 2011
Beautiful and very nice. I like it.
Posted by Bevanward on February 15, 2011
You and George are so so sweet ... beautiful
Posted by Anhong on February 13, 2011
Very beautiful!
Posted by FabioConcetta on February 12, 2011
Fine words and pretty pictures, bye Eliane!
Posted by Georgeskyrillos on February 12, 2011
I can't say anything except that he is Gibran & that I love you.
Posted by Pzdesigns on February 12, 2011
Ahhh the beautiful words of the great Khalil Gibran
Posted by Elianehaykal on February 12, 2011
@Tan510jomast: will look it up, sounds interesting.
@all, glad you're enjoying :)
Posted by Scottysally2 on February 11, 2011
Beautiful images! :)
Posted by Rubybayan on February 11, 2011
Love the images! Gibran's one of my favorite writers.
Posted by Tan510jomast on February 11, 2011
coincidentally, I just borrowed a cd from the library . it's a musical interpretation of Gibran's Prophet by Richard Harris.
Posted by Elianehaykal on February 11, 2011
Inspired him or nagged on him, in my head it's the same thing!
Posted by Mani33 on February 11, 2011
I'm sure you have inspired him to make these images! Isn't it George?! ;)
Posted by Elianehaykal on February 11, 2011
@Sfm1: they're by my fiancé, so they kind of fit here :P
Posted by Sfm1 on February 11, 2011
greate images !
Posted by Elianehaykal on February 11, 2011
Isn't it? I just never tire from reading this. Happy Valentine's Day to all :)
Posted by Yuritz on February 11, 2011
great one,I like it! :)
Posted by Laurasinelle on February 11, 2011
Very, very beautiful!
Posted by Patpat on February 11, 2011
Posted by Thanatonautii on February 11, 2011
That`s wonderful! Thanks for sharing!
Posted by Debramillet on February 11, 2011
that was absolutely beautiful, thanks for sharing
Posted by Trottola on February 11, 2011
Posted by Joe1971 on February 11, 2011
It is very beautiful!!!
Posted by Mani33 on February 11, 2011
Yeah inshallah we should make a program a like! :)
Posted by Elianehaykal on February 11, 2011
Thank you dear Maen, likewise :) Next time you come here, we'll go to his museum.
Posted by Mani33 on February 11, 2011
Great! Gibran Khalil Gibran is one of my favorites! Happy Valentine's day for you & George! :)

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