The Prophet by Khalil Gibran

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‘The prophet’ is a Sufi poetic book, which covers a host of topics range from love and marriage to death. The book is written in an extremely simple form, and one which should most people should be able to grasp.

Kahlil Gibran, the writer of the book, was a Lebanese American artist, poet, and writer. He was born  in Lebanon and he migrated to United States with his family. It was in the United States that his career as a writer and artist flourished.

A few lines from the different segments of the book are:

On work:

You work that you may keep pace with the earth and the soul of the earth.
For to be idle is to become a stranger unto the seasons,
and to step out of life’s procession, that marches in majesty and proud submission towards the infinite.

On death:

Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing.
And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb.
And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.

The book is filled with such heart-warming all through its sheet and is an absolute treat to read. I have read it a few times already but always find the space to read it one more time. I think most of you would enjoy reading this.

And a disclaimer that I would like to add is that this book cannot strictly be limited to its category of poetry, it covers a lot more than normal poetry would..!!!

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