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    Hey Avaloneans, here are 2 subjects from the book The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran.
    Be in grace, Tintagel.

    Kahlil Gibran The Prophet

    "Joy and Sorrow

    Then a woman said, "Speak to us of Joy and Sorrow."

    And he answered:

    Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.

    And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears.

    And how else can it be?

    The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.

    Is not the cup that hold your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter's oven?

    And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives?

    When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.

    When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.

    Some of you say, "Joy is greater than sorrow," and others say, "Nay, sorrow is the greater."

    But I say unto you, they are inseparable.

    Together they come, and when one sits alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.

    Verily you are suspended like scales between your sorrow and your joy.

    Only when you are empty are you at standstill and balanced.

    When the treasure-keeper lifts you to weigh his gold and his silver, needs must your joy or your sorrow rise or fall".



    "Crime and Punishment

    Then one of the judges of the city stood forth and said, "Speak to us of Crime and Punishment."

    And he answered saying:

    It is when your spirit goes wandering upon the wind,

    That you, alone and unguarded, commit a wrong unto others and therefore unto yourself.

    And for that wrong committed must you knock and wait a while unheeded at the gate of the blessed.

    Like the ocean is your god-self;

    It remains for ever undefiled.

    And like the ether it lifts but the winged.

    Even like the sun is your god-self;

    It knows not the ways of the mole nor seeks it the holes of the serpent.

    But your god-self does not dwell alone in your being.

    Much in you is still man, and much in you is not yet man,

    But a shapeless pigmy that walks asleep in the mist searching for its own awakening.

    And of the man in you would I now speak.

    For it is he and not your god-self nor the pigmy in the mist, that knows crime and the punishment of crime.

    Oftentimes have I heard you speak of one who commits a wrong as though he were not one of you, but a stranger unto you and an intruder upon your world.

    But I say that even as the holy and the righteous cannot rise beyond the highest which is in each one of you,

    So the wicked and the weak cannot fall lower than the lowest which is in you also.

    And as a single leaf turns not yellow but with the silent knowledge of the whole tree,

    So the wrong-doer cannot do wrong without the hidden will of you all.

    Like a procession you walk together towards your god-self.

    You are the way and the wayfarers.

    And when one of you falls down he falls for those behind him, a caution against the stumbling stone.

    Ay, and he falls for those ahead of him, who though faster and surer of foot, yet removed not the stumbling stone.

    And this also, though the word lie heavy upon your hearts:

    The murdered is not unaccountable for his own murder,

    And the robbed is not blameless in being robbed.

    The righteous is not innocent of the deeds of the wicked,

    And the white-handed is not clean in the doings of the felon.

    Yea, the guilty is oftentimes the victim of the injured,

    And still more often the condemned is the burden-bearer for the guiltless and unblamed.

    You cannot separate the just from the unjust and the good from the wicked;

    For they stand together before the face of the sun even as the black thread and the white are woven together.

    And when the black thread breaks, the weaver shall look into the whole cloth, and he shall examine the loom also.

    If any of you would bring judgment the unfaithful wife,

    Let him also weight the heart of her husband in scales, and measure his soul with measurements.

    And let him who would lash the offender look unto the spirit of the offended.

    And if any of you would punish in the name of righteousness and lay the ax unto the evil tree, let him see to its roots;

    And verily he will find the roots of the good and the bad, the fruitful and the fruitless, all entwined together in the silent heart of the earth.

    And you judges who would be just,

    What judgment pronounce you upon him who though honest in the flesh yet is a thief in spirit?

    What penalty lay you upon him who slays in the flesh yet is himself slain in the spirit?

    And how prosecute you him who in action is a deceiver and an oppressor,

    Yet who also is aggrieved and outraged?

    And how shall you punish those whose remorse is already greater than their misdeeds?

    Is not remorse the justice which is administered by that very law which you would fain serve?

    Yet you cannot lay remorse upon the innocent nor lift it from the heart of the guilty.

    Unbidden shall it call in the night, that men may wake and gaze upon themselves.

    And you who would understand justice, how shall you unless you look upon all deeds in the fullness of light?

    Only then shall you know that the erect and the fallen are but one man standing in twilight between the night of his pigmy-self and the day of his god-self,

    And that the corner-stone of the temple is not higher than the lowest stone in its foundation".

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    Default Re: Kahlil Gibran The Prophet about Joy and Sorrow

    A prophet.. A poet...

    but above all..

    A Love maker.

    Thank you beautiful Tint for sharing this with all our hearts.
    [CENTER]Together we awaken, Together we rise, Together we change.

    [I][B]The key, signifies the power and act of opening the way to the soul's progress in both the higher and lower nature[/B][/I][/CENTER]

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    Another one from the love maker Kahlil Gibran:

    "Love

    Then said Almitra, "Speak to us of Love."

    And he raised his head and looked upon the people, and there fell a stillness upon them.

    And with a great voice he said:

    "When love beckons to you follow him,

    Though his ways are hard and steep.

    And when his wings enfold you yield to him,

    Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you.

    And when he speaks to you believe in him,

    Though his voice may shatter your dreams as the north wind lays waste the garden.

    For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you. Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning.

    Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your tenderest branches that quiver in the sun,

    So shall he descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to the earth.

    Like sheaves of corn he gathers you unto himself.

    He threshes you to make you naked.

    He sifts you to free you from your husks.

    He grinds you to whiteness.

    He kneads you until you are pliant;

    And then he assigns you to his sacred fire, that you may become sacred bread for God's sacred feast.

    All these things shall love do unto you that you may know the secrets of your heart, and in that knowledge become a fragment of Life's heart.

    But if in your fear you would seek only love's peace and love's pleasure,

    Then it is better for you that you cover your nakedness and pass out of love's threshing-floor,

    Into the seasonless world where you shall laugh, but not all of your laughter, and weep, but not all of your tears.

    Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself.

    Love possesses not nor would it be possessed;

    For love is sufficient unto love.

    When you love you should not say, "God is in my heart," but rather, I am in the heart of God."

    And think not you can direct the course of love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.

    Love has no other desire but to fulfil itself.

    But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires:

    To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.

    To know the pain of too much tenderness.

    To be wounded by your own understanding of love;

    And to bleed willingly and joyfully.

    To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving;

    To rest at the noon hour and meditate love's ecstasy;

    To return home at eventide with gratitude;

    And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips."

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