1. Wat?
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    I'm sure you all know Kahlil Gibran. I can't advertise him enough!

    A sensitive man, for whom English WAS A SECOND language. He wrote to sensually, and provocatively where emotions are able to flow.

    His most famous work "The Prophet" is full of emotional truth, and moves me internally like no other author has.

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    Kahlil Gibran on 'Love'

    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.

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    Kahlil Gibran on Marriage

    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.

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    Kahlil Gibran on Children

    Your children are not your children.
    They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
    They come through you but not from you,
    And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

    You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
    For they have their own thoughts.
    You may house their bodies but not their souls,
    For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
    which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
    You may strive to be like them,
    but seek not to make them like you.
    For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

    You are the bows from which your children
    as living arrows are sent forth.
    The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
    and He bends you with His might
    that His arrows may go swift and far.
    Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness;
    For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
    so He loves also the bow that is stable.

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    http://www.katsandogz.com/gibran.html

    The Prophet.

    Is it possible he had some messages from another source, other than his own mind and creativity?
  2. England
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    20 Nov '10 11:19
    nope never] a poet maybe] a prophet tell me his future sights
  3. Wat?
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    20 Nov '10 11:54
    Originally posted by stoker
    nope never] a poet maybe] a prophet tell me his future sights
    You don't know the true meaning of 'prophet.' If you want a witch-doctor go to Africa or such like. If you want a fortune teller go to the circus or the yellow pages. 😛

    A prophet is, simply, 'one who spreads good word for mankind', whether or not he has been contacted as an intemediary from a God of known understanding, or not.
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    20 Nov '10 12:00
    Originally posted by mikelom
    You don't know the true meaning of 'prophet.' If you want a witch-doctor go to Africa or such like. If you want a fortune teller go to the circus or the yellow pages. 😛

    A prophet is, simply, 'one who spreads good word for mankind', whether or not he has been contacted as an intemediary from a God of known understanding, or not.
    tis really interesting, I suppose that people associate prophets with prophecy, but as you have pointed out , it aint necessarily so.
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    20 Nov '10 13:11
    Originally posted by robbie carrobie
    tis really interesting, I suppose that people associate prophets with prophecy, but as you have pointed out , it aint necessarily so.
    Then we are all prophets because each and everyone' spreads good word for mankind' to those how want to listen.
    There are no prophecies. Noone can predict the future in a non-statistical fashion.
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    20 Nov '10 13:25
    Originally posted by mikelom
    I'm sure you all know Kahlil Gibran. I can't advertise him enough!
    The Prophet.
    Is it possible he had some messages from another source, other than his own mind and creativity?
    He is in my top 5 authors in world history. His writings seem as if he has asked the Universe questions and the Universe replied. I like to call it "channeling the Universe". An amazing man.
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    20 Nov '10 23:54
    Originally posted by mikelom
    I'm sure you all know Kahlil Gibran. I can't advertise him enough!

    A sensitive man, for whom English WAS A SECOND language. He wrote to sensually, and provocatively where emotions are able to flow.

    His most famous work "The Prophet" is full of emotional truth, and moves me internally like no other author has.

    ------------------------------------- ...[text shortened]... some messages from another source, other than his own mind and creativity?
    Love? I thought the goal was to "empty" yourself?
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    22 Nov '10 11:09
    Originally posted by mikelom
    You don't know the true meaning of 'prophet.' If you want a witch-doctor go to Africa or such like. If you want a fortune teller go to the circus or the yellow pages. 😛

    A prophet is, simply, 'one who spreads good word for mankind', whether or not he has been contacted as an intemediary from a God of known understanding, or not.
    a prophet is a mesanger of gods grace and his future plan. why would he repeat what is already written. why would i concider going to a witch doctor or yellow pages when i have the truth already for my reading. ... seems you need to learn more than you preach
  9. Wat?
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    22 Nov '10 11:25
    Originally posted by stoker
    a prophet is a mesanger of gods grace and his future plan. why would he repeat what is already written. why would i concider going to a witch doctor or yellow pages when i have the truth already for my reading. ... seems you need to learn more than you preach
    Am I really preaching, or simply giving new insight?

    I preach nothing. Your interpretation is your own.

    Are you dyslexic?
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    22 Nov '10 14:27
    Originally posted by mikelom
    Am I really preaching, or simply giving new insight?

    I preach nothing. Your interpretation is your own.

    Are you dyslexic?
    Very true. His words are empty. He speaks the truth!! 😛
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    23 Nov '10 11:04
    [i]own.

    Are you dyslexic?[/b]
    yes.. but you are preaching
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    23 Nov '10 13:43
    Originally posted by mikelom
    I'm sure you all know Kahlil Gibran. I can't advertise him enough!

    A sensitive man, for whom English WAS A SECOND language. He wrote to sensually, and provocatively where emotions are able to flow.

    His most famous work "The Prophet" is full of emotional truth, and moves me internally like no other author has.

    ------------------------------------- ...[text shortened]... some messages from another source, other than his own mind and creativity?
    I remember reading him for the first time as a young bloke and was pretty taken by his stuff. He expresses himself in a unique way, that is identifiable from just hearing it read. He appears to have been a very reflective man, with a good deal of wisdom and bitter-sweet appreciation of life.

    Imo, the passage on love may have been better with love as a woman though. Perhaps that it isn't may reflect his background. But nonetheless they are all great writing.
    Thanks.
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