Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran is a short but thoughtful and provocative piece of literature.  The reading process felt like a holy event, like I was reading some sort of biblical text.  At times it felt like I was a child again, listening to the old and wise mythical stories that taught me virtues and told me tales of morality, right from wrong.  No this is not a religious text.  Yes, it does contain religious but ambiguous implications.  The Prophet is a story on how one can best live and enjoy life.
The book starts off with Almustafa who is leaving the place called Orphalese and is greeted by the townsfolk for one final goodbye.  During this goodbye, the townspeople ask many specific questions about life which include topics such as love, marriage, work, pain, self knowledge, prayer, pleasure, good and evil, etc.  Almustafa answers each question intricately.
Author Kahlil Gibran does an excellent job at writing a poetic, thought provoking and theological work of art.  This book is a true testament to the idea that a book does not need to be large to carry meaning.   It was a quick read, mostly because I didn't want to put the book down.  As I was reading I felt a strong need to read the book out loud.  I wanted to sit down and read it to my younger cousins and record myself reading it so they could listen to the book at home.  I wanted to write down every single line from the book because the teachings inside are so profound and moving that I wanted to live by their principles.  Overall, excellent short read.  I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to find spiritual fulfillment.  I don't recommend this book to be the only thing a person lives by but I believe it's concepts are very much universal to religion and anyone can take something away from the reading experience!  5 out of 5 stars will be my rating.

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