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Kahlil Gibran - Self-Knowledge

Self-Knowledge

by Kahlil Gibran


And a man said, Speak to us of Self-Knowledge.
And he answered saying:
Your hearts know in silence the secrets of the days and the nights.
But your ears thirst for the sound of your heart's knowledge.
You would know in words that which you have always known in thought.
You would touch with your fingers the naked body of your dreams.

And it is well you should.
The hidden well-spring of your soul must needs rise and run murmuring to the sea;
And the treasure of your infinite depths would be revealed to your eyes.
But let there be no scales to weigh your unknown treasure;
And seek not the depths of your knowledge with staff or sounding line.
For self is a sea boundless and measureless.

Say not, "I have found the truth," but rather, "I have found a truth."
Say not, "I have found the path of the soul." Say rather, "I have met the soul walking upon my path."
For the soul walks upon all paths.
The soul walks not upon a line, neither does it grow like a reed.
The soul unfolds itself, like a lotus of countless petals.


-- from The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran
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Of the 25 essays/poems ine The Prophet there were maybe a half dozen that i did not love.  This was one of them, and when i did think of  it, it was the last paragraph/verse that came to mind.  Now it is the first two paragraphs that seek to have meaning for me.

Here Gibran addresses the meamomgs of "knowledge" and whether the seat of consciousness is the "mind" or the "heart.."  Like everything else in this politicized climare, the question has become polarizing and i feel pressured to make a choice.

I think i must go with Gibran.  True knowledge is an "unknown treasre" that cannot be "weighed."

My soul, iif i have one, seems to be crawling rather than running and seems tp have no notion of what or where the "sea" is.or why it should want to go there. "Neasurement" of any kind would seem to be useless here.  Emptiness, for me, is neither bliss nor anticipation.  It is also not uncomfortable nor frighting.  (And that fact is, right now, rather frightening.)

I must trust that this is what "spiritual poverty" (in its better meamomg) feels like and just go with the  flow.

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everville340
May. 2nd, 2018 06:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you for sharing the Gibran, sir, as well as your thoughts on the reactions you've had (and now have). It's spurred me on to find a copy of an early edition online, which I am pleasantly awaiting to arrive.

Namaste.
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