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Kahlil Gibran - Pain


by Kahlil Gibran

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And a woman spoke, saying, Tell us of Pain.
And he said:
Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.
Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain.
And could you keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of your life, your pain would not seem less wondrous than your joy;
And you would accept the seasons of your heart, even as you have always accepted the seasons that pass over your fields.
And you would watch with serenity through the winters of your grief.

Much of your pain is self-chosen,
It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self.
Therefore trust the physician, and drink his remedy in silence and tranquility:
For his hand, though heavy and hard, is guided by the tender hand of the Unseen,
And the cup he brings, though it burn your lips, has been fashioned of the clay which the Potter has moistened with His own sacred tears.

-- from The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran

Poetry Chaikhana | Kahlil Gibran - Pain

This little essay along with the Ivan M. Granger commentarty which follows behind ther llink is a perfect companion for me at this "Long dark tea-time of the soul."

It is said that pain is mandatory, but suffering is optional.  I mainly suffer because I mistake my ego for myself and the ego's suffering from my own;  I still have not been able to free myself from my ego.  Perhaps Eckhart Tolle has a workable solution: a simple program of behavioral extinction..  If i ignore it maybe it will stop its demanding chatter.

The Prophet was my first exposire to a spiritual "poetry" that was not Church hyms/  I gave the book to my first wife at pur wedding 62 years ago.  The marriage did not last, but the book did.

Love and peace to everyone 


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 28th, 2018 02:47 pm (UTC)
I was just thinking of you and the fact that we hadn't seen you here for quite some time. I hope you're ok, my friend.
Apr. 29th, 2018 02:00 am (UTC)
Thank you, Donna. It is good to know that you care. Love.
Apr. 29th, 2018 05:06 pm (UTC)
"Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding."

You continue to move me, sir, even in embracing your silence.

Thank you, friend.

Edited at 2018-04-29 05:06 pm (UTC)
Apr. 29th, 2018 09:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you. Namaste.
Apr. 29th, 2018 08:52 pm (UTC)
I'm having the same problem, so sick of my own 'ego' and yet how stubbornly I seem to cling to it. So glad to see you post again, I don't check here on lj as regularly as I used to but always look for your posts and was becoming concerned that you'd been absent for awhile. Hope you are feeling well.
Apr. 29th, 2018 09:45 pm (UTC)
I trust that me ego will cease to dominate me though overcoming it may involve some darkness and loss. The emptiness i feel when i ignore ego's demands is not uncomfortable, so i cannot tell whether it represents nihilism or the awaiting of fulfillment by a higher power. I am trusting that the latter possibility will be the case.
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