“The Prophet” by Kahlil Gibran: On Love

Hello to all my amazing readers,

I have recently melted my soul into the readings of “The Prophet” by Kahlil Gibran. I had heard about this book years ago but had not gotten around to reading it, honestly because I was not so interested in the subject matter at the time.

When I received this book as a gift I wasn’t sure what to expect but after reading the first chapter, I was hooked. I have to admit that initially I was rather surprised by how thin the book was but given how rich and meaningful each chapter is, it takes quite a long time to get through the context and truly take it all in.

One of the passages that resonated with me speaks of love, space and keeping individuality when you are in a relationship. This is a passage I would like to share with you all because I have been witness to many relationships as described in the passage below. I am a person who loves to have my own space and I truly think it’s important to keep spaces between each other so that we are able to live and experience life as we are meant to do on an individual level first so that we become strong pillars of a greater foundation together.

“You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore.
You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days.
Ay, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
But 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

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. I love reading. Thank you very much for sharing this quote and your thoughts on Jibran’s book. I look forward to reading it.

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    1. parparvan says:

      Thank you!! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

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