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Sunday, May 30, 2010

On Self-Knowledge...

by Kahlil Gibran

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.


5 comments:

Laoch of Chicago said...

This strikes me as being wise.

John said...

I like it. Thanks for swinging by my blog. I have been suffering from lack of creativity or anything worth writing about. It happens from time to time but I will be back in action soon. Thanks for the kind words.

Jerry said...

It has been many years since I have read Kahlil Gibran. I think I should dig around and find his writings again.

DrSoosie said...

I strive to stray off the line and follow a path less rigid. It is quite a thought provoking passage and one that I am going to ponder for the rest of the day. Thanks for sharing! Happy Memorial day!

Donna B said...

DrSoosie, Jerry, John and Laoch: It is thought provoking and wise. To me it means we already know the answers in our soul, but we need to grow into ourselves to learn to listen to our inner knowledge and trust it. We are the only ones to put limits on ourselves.