Kahlil Gibran

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Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931) is a Lebanese writer, artist and realized soul, well known as the author of The Prophet.

From Saints, Sufis and Yogis

Gibran Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931) was born in Lebanon. Gibran's childhood was spent in both the USA and Lebanon. He was to live later in Paris and in New York, before returning to Lebanon. He wrote in both Arabic and English. The Prophet (1923) is his best-known work.

The most beautiful word on the lips of mankind is the word ‘Mother’, and the most beautiful call is the call of ‘My mother’. It is a word full of hope and love, a sweet and kind word coming from the depths of the heart. The mother is everything – she is our consolation in sorrow, our hope in misery, and our strength in weakness. She is the source of love, mercy, sympathy, and forgiveness. He who loses his mother loses a pure soul who blesses and guards him constantly. Everything in nature bespeaks the mother. The sun is the mother of earth and gives its nourishment of heat; it never leaves the universe at night until it has put the earth to sleep to the song of the sea and the hymn of birds and brooks. And this earth is the mother of trees and flowers. It produces them, nurses them, and weans them. The trees and flowers become kind mothers of their great fruits and seeds. And the mother, the prototype of all existence, is the eternal spirit, full of beauty and love. (extract from The Broken Wings (1912))

Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi has described Gibran as a great poet (1985-1128) who was a realised soul (eg. 1981-0329, 1982-1126, 1984-0731, 1986-0709, 1990-0315, 1995-0920), and recommended his books for the Sahaja yogis to read. (1982-0106)

Bibliography; The greatest works of Kahlil Gibran (Bombay: Jaico, 1989); The voice of Kahlil Gibran: an anthology, edited by Robin Waterfield (London: Penguin Arkana, 1995); Suheil Bushrui and Joe Jenkins, Kahlil Gibran: man and poet (Oxford: Oneworld, 1999); Juan Cole, ‘Kahlil Gibran Page’ http://www-personal.umich.edu/~jrcole/gibran/gibran1.htm ; Robin Waterfield, Prophet: the life and times of Kahlil Gibran (New York: St.Martin’s Press, 1998)