Essay on The Prophet

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Reflections on Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, Vol. 1 Reflections on Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, Vol. 1 Chapter 01 A dawn unto his own day Audio:Yes Video:Yes Length:121 mins Osho, Almustafa, the chosen and the beloved, who was a dawn unto his own day, had waited twelve years in the city of Orphalese for his ship that was to return and bear him back to the isle of his birth. And in the twelfth year, on the seventh day of Ielool, the month of reaping, he climbed the hill without the city walls and looked seaward; and he beheld his ship coming with the mist. Then the gates of his heart were flung open, and his joy flew far over the sea. And he closed his eyes
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I cannot conceive that even in the future there is a possibility of another man of such deep insight into the human heart, into the unknown that surrounds us. He has done something impossible. He has been able to bring at least a few fragments of the unknown into human language. He has raised human language and human consciousness as no other man has ever done. Through Kahlil Gibran, it seems all the mystics, all the poets, all creative souls have joined hands and poured themselves. Although he has been immensely successful in reaching people, still he feels it is not the whole truth, but just a glimpse. But to see the glimpse of truth is a beginning of a pilgrimage that leads you to the ultimate, to the absolute, to the universal. Another beautiful man, Claude Bragdon, has said about Kahlil Gibran a few beautiful words. He says, ”His power came from some great reservoir of spiritual life, else it could not have been so universal and so potent. But the majesty and beauty of the language with which he clothed it were all his own.” I have always loved this statement of Bragdon, even though not agreeing with it. One need not agree with a beautiful flower; one need not agree with the sky full of stars but one can still appreciate. I make a clear-cut distinction between agreement and appreciation and a man is civilized if he can make the distinction. If he cannot make the distinction, he’s still living in a primitive, uncivilized state of consciousness. I agree

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