Sunday, August 30, 2009

Kahlil Gibran

I'm feeling rather philosophical tonight. I first read Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet about 10 years ago. It was such an inspiring piece of literature for me and truly helped me through a very rough patch in my life. He speaks of life, faith, and religion in a manner that applies to all paths. I highly encourage everyone to read the poem in its entirety.

Below is an excerpt. It's my favorite passage. :)


On Joy and Sorrow
Kahlil Gibran

Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.
And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears.
And how else can it be?
The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.
Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter's oven?
And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives?
When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.
When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.

Some of you say, "Joy is greater than sorrow," and others say, "Nay, sorrow is the greater."
But I say unto you, they are inseparable.
Together they come, and when one sits, alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.

Verily you are suspended like scales between your sorrow and your joy.
Only when you are empty are you at standstill and balanced.
When the treasure-keeper lifts you to weigh his gold and his silver, needs must your joy or your sorrow rise or fall.

1 comment:

  1. In the Book of Mormon it says, "There must needs be opposition in all things." Sort of a REALLY short summary of the quoate you shared. I DO like the quote, though, because it very prettily describes the opposition! What a great thing to share! I think about these sorts of things a LOT while crocheting! ^_^


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