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This collection of thoughts by Kahlil Gibran, author of "The Prophet," "The Broken Wings," "The Voice of the Master," and other twentieth-century classics, demonstrates three major aspects of his genius. Here is the fiery prophet, assailing the corruptions of Syrian governmental and upper social circles with the wrath and scorn of Biblical seers. Here, too, is the poet of l This collection of thoughts by Kahlil Gibran, author of "The Prophet," "The Broken Wings," "The Voice of the Master," and other twentieth-century classics, demonstrates three major aspects of his genius. Here is the fiery prophet, assailing the corruptions of Syrian governmental and upper social circles with the wrath and scorn of Biblical seers. Here, too, is the poet of love, apostrophizing beauty, youth and nature, particularly the wonderful vistas of Lebanon, with its cedar groves and mountains, in poetry of passionate tenderness. And above all, here is the author of the remarkable poetic narratives in which Gibran's mystical, spiritual vision of the transmigration of souls is embodied in tales of lovers tragically parted in one existence and rapturously reunited, after centuries of separation, in a later incarnation. The spiritual message of the great Lebanese prophet and poet is conveyed with exceptional beauty and power in these sensitive writings.

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This collection of thoughts by Kahlil Gibran, author of "The Prophet," "The Broken Wings," "The Voice of the Master," and other twentieth-century classics, demonstrates three major aspects of his genius. Here is the fiery prophet, assailing the corruptions of Syrian governmental and upper social circles with the wrath and scorn of Biblical seers. Here, too, is the poet of l This collection of thoughts by Kahlil Gibran, author of "The Prophet," "The Broken Wings," "The Voice of the Master," and other twentieth-century classics, demonstrates three major aspects of his genius. Here is the fiery prophet, assailing the corruptions of Syrian governmental and upper social circles with the wrath and scorn of Biblical seers. Here, too, is the poet of love, apostrophizing beauty, youth and nature, particularly the wonderful vistas of Lebanon, with its cedar groves and mountains, in poetry of passionate tenderness. And above all, here is the author of the remarkable poetic narratives in which Gibran's mystical, spiritual vision of the transmigration of souls is embodied in tales of lovers tragically parted in one existence and rapturously reunited, after centuries of separation, in a later incarnation. The spiritual message of the great Lebanese prophet and poet is conveyed with exceptional beauty and power in these sensitive writings.

30 review for Thoughts and Meditations

  1. 5 out of 5

    Γιώργος Μπέλκος

    Αυτό το βιβλιο είναι μια συλλογή διαφόρων κειμένων που εκδόθηκε μετά το θάνατο του συγγραφέα. Αναφέρω μερικά αποσπάσματα στα οποία κατα τη γνώμη μου φαίνεται το μεγαλείο και οι άξονες που ανέδειξαν τον Χαλίλ ως έναν απο τους πιο αξιόλογους συγγραφείς του Αραβικού κόσμου και οχι μόνο. "...καθώς το λουλούδι παίρνει ζωή και αρωματική ευωδία απο τη γη, ετσι κι η ψυχή παίρνει σοφία και δύναμη απο την αδυναμία και τις πλάνες της ύλης." , "...Η αγάπη ειναι μαγική ακτίνα που εκπέμπεται απο το φλογερό πυ Αυτό το βιβλιο είναι μια συλλογή διαφόρων κειμένων που εκδόθηκε μετά το θάνατο του συγγραφέα. Αναφέρω μερικά αποσπάσματα στα οποία κατα τη γνώμη μου φαίνεται το μεγαλείο και οι άξονες που ανέδειξαν τον Χαλίλ ως έναν απο τους πιο αξιόλογους συγγραφείς του Αραβικού κόσμου και οχι μόνο. "...καθώς το λουλούδι παίρνει ζωή και αρωματική ευωδία απο τη γη, ετσι κι η ψυχή παίρνει σοφία και δύναμη απο την αδυναμία και τις πλάνες της ύλης." , "...Η αγάπη ειναι μαγική ακτίνα που εκπέμπεται απο το φλογερό πυρήνα της ψυχής και φωτίζει τη γύρω γη. Μας κανει ικανούς να βλεπουμε τη ζωή σαν ενα όμορφο όνειρο ανάμεσα στο ένα ξύπνημα και τ´άλλο" , μιλώντας για τη γη: "...εμείς σου ξεριζώνουμε τα σπλάχνα για να φτιάξουμε μπόμπες και κανόνια, μα εσυ από τα δικά μας τα σπλάχνα φτιάχνεις κρίνα και τριαντάφυλλα,....Εισαι ταχα ενα άτομο από τη σκόνη που σήκωσαν τα πόδια του Θεού όταν ταξίδευε απο την Ανατολή στη Δύση του σύμπαντος;"

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jerome Peterson

    Kahlil Gibran is one of the most profound poets of our time. (He died during the 1930's-not sure of the exact year.) When you read Gibran you immediately notice that he does not use complicated words or structure to convey his message. You get what he is saying and what his subject concerns lasts in the memory. (None of this; "What is he really trying to say? hodge podge.)His message is simple and powerful. In this collection, he covers his spiritual vision of youth, nature, love, and life. One Kahlil Gibran is one of the most profound poets of our time. (He died during the 1930's-not sure of the exact year.) When you read Gibran you immediately notice that he does not use complicated words or structure to convey his message. You get what he is saying and what his subject concerns lasts in the memory. (None of this; "What is he really trying to say? hodge podge.)His message is simple and powerful. In this collection, he covers his spiritual vision of youth, nature, love, and life. One must, in order to gain the release of his voice, read slow and thoughtful. Some readers can read anything anywhere anytime no matter what the distraction. I can't. I also discourage readers from doing that with "Thoughts and Mediations". Many of the stories moved me. Here are a few. Martha; The Return of the Beloved; My Soul Preached to Me; The Goddess of Fantasy; and The Speechless Animal. I highly recommend reading this book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mah-i-kan Kurd

    Kahlil Jibran was recommended to me by my Father. This book is a collection of short stories which is merely 80 pages long. Hence, a one-sit-through read with The Enchantress being my personal fave. Subjectively, Kinda boring but very profound. Makes you want to read The Prophet.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jimmy

    A collection of parables translated by Anthony R. Ferris. I probably would have enjoyed these more when I was younger--a lot younger. The preface is the most interesting part of the book. Gibran was a fascinating man who wanted a world free of oppression, ignorance, suffering, superstition. What he saw was a world where the rich and powerful abused the poor and weak. But if his solution to the problem is the nonsensical stories gathered here, we are never going to solve such problems.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Marla Griffith

    Beautiful collection of writings by Kahlil Gibran; famous poet and author.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Alex Sanchez

    How do u being reading? Can anyone help

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rhonda

    For anyone looking to reach a higher spiritual understanding, this is a "must" read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Martakus

    This book was recommended to me by a friend, and it was completely different from anything I've read before. My first wholly philosophcal book, so to say. And it was a very interesting experience, one I'd even go as far as saying everybody should give a try. The thoughts themselves were quite interesting and quotable - 'Those who do not spend their days in the land of dreams are slaves of time' is something I, as a bookworm, can absolutely support - though I think the topic of love was a bit ove This book was recommended to me by a friend, and it was completely different from anything I've read before. My first wholly philosophcal book, so to say. And it was a very interesting experience, one I'd even go as far as saying everybody should give a try. The thoughts themselves were quite interesting and quotable - 'Those who do not spend their days in the land of dreams are slaves of time' is something I, as a bookworm, can absolutely support - though I think the topic of love was a bit overvalued. I think (or at least hope) it's perfectly possible to life a happy and fulfilling life even if you never find a romantic partner. On top of that, it annoyed me how much talk of 'virgins' there was - but I guess one can't expect anything different from a 19th-20th century author. (I think the concept that a young woman is less desirable because she has had sex is very stupid, especially when it's considered 'manly' for young men to have sex as often as possible. One doesn't have to be a mathematician to figure out the flaw in that worldview...)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Bob Nichols

    In this miscellaneous collection, it seems like Gibran sees the world in Platonic ideals and some sort of Eastern-like union with perfection. One of his voices says that God is the expression of an intelligent universe. Gibran comments on the science of evolution and says that ideal beings evolve and that through "Reason" (as a principle of evolution) "men are raised above themselves and can approach the sublime." If one is not inclined toward this perspective, the writing can be a slog. Some of In this miscellaneous collection, it seems like Gibran sees the world in Platonic ideals and some sort of Eastern-like union with perfection. One of his voices says that God is the expression of an intelligent universe. Gibran comments on the science of evolution and says that ideal beings evolve and that through "Reason" (as a principle of evolution) "men are raised above themselves and can approach the sublime." If one is not inclined toward this perspective, the writing can be a slog. Some of this comes across as nice or profound-sounding words strung together, but empty (e.g., "Like sheep without a shepherd we flocked together many nights grazing on our thoughts, and chewing the cud of our emotions...."). Some of this might lie in the translation. Yet, it's not that easy to dismiss Gibran. There are some good stories in this collection that resonate (Martha, the orphan, turned beautiful, tasted love, died as a prostitute in squalid circumstances. Or, in "the speechless animal," a dog comments on man's lack of loyalty). All in all, a mixed feeling about this book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Roger

    From "My Soul Preached To Me": My soul preached to me and said, "Do not be delighted because of praise, and do not be distressed because of blame." Ere my soul counselled me, I doubted the worth of my work. Now I realize that the trees blossom in Spring and bear fruit in Summer without seeking praise; and they drop their leaves in Autumn and become naked in Winter without fearing blame. My soul preached to me and showed me that I am neither more than the pygmy, nor less than the giant. Ere my soul From "My Soul Preached To Me": My soul preached to me and said, "Do not be delighted because of praise, and do not be distressed because of blame." Ere my soul counselled me, I doubted the worth of my work. Now I realize that the trees blossom in Spring and bear fruit in Summer without seeking praise; and they drop their leaves in Autumn and become naked in Winter without fearing blame. My soul preached to me and showed me that I am neither more than the pygmy, nor less than the giant. Ere my soul preached to me, I looked upon humanity as two men: one weak, whom I pitied, and the other strong, whom I followed or resisted in defiance. But now I have learned that I was as both are and made from the same elements. ...

  11. 5 out of 5

    Vishal Raj

    Aphorisms,individual accounts,short stories on a number of ideas,events and historical facts by one of the greatest writer who emerged from the levant in the last century.I wonder how much his heart would ache to see the conditions there in the modern times under Islamic State. From stories involving old gods of love from Classical antiquity of Assyria and relating it to modern arab kingdoms, to thoughts about his contemporary arab society and also life in those regions on the eastern seaboard to Aphorisms,individual accounts,short stories on a number of ideas,events and historical facts by one of the greatest writer who emerged from the levant in the last century.I wonder how much his heart would ache to see the conditions there in the modern times under Islamic State. From stories involving old gods of love from Classical antiquity of Assyria and relating it to modern arab kingdoms, to thoughts about his contemporary arab society and also life in those regions on the eastern seaboard to the Mediterranean ocean.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cass

    I devoured this book, which I both regret and not regret. It's meaty, and I will have to read it again. But it was also my first real exposure to Gibran, and I fell in love with the lyricism. Blame it on NRE, I guess.

  13. 4 out of 5

    heidi

    It's pretty hard to go wrong with Gibran.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tara

    I read this over and over - Every month or so I pull it off the shelf and open up to any page at random....it always leads me to contemplation

  15. 4 out of 5

    Diego

    I never was a big fan of poetry, but there is such beauty in the words of this great writer that each word touchs gently my soul.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Niles NP

    Good!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Meg

    Full of stories and poems that are tragic, romantic, fantastic and everything in between. He is fast become a favourite author.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Crystal

    I love the lyrical rhythm of his words. Though I like some of his other books better.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Philip Bergstresser

    Be still my heart...

  20. 4 out of 5

    Christian Brown

    I actually have the hardcover of this.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Xristina Kokali

    "Ο Απρίλης θα έρθει αλλά εκείνος που γυρεύει τον Απρίλη χωρίς τη βοήθεια του χειμώνα ποτέ δεν θα τον βρει".

  22. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    “You are weak and powerful and humble and haughty. You are pliant and rigid, and clear and secret.”

  23. 5 out of 5

    K.m.

    Soft, sense-filled words and luring imagery, Gibran reads like a psalm or fable. Whether poem or something more prose-y, he speaks like a storyteller, rich in metaphor and image as he expounds on love, death, beauty, freedom and oppression. "Through the thorny path of the valley illuminated by a full moon, the procession of victory walked behind the cavalcade of Death and the spirit of Love led the way dragging his broken wings."

  24. 4 out of 5

    Serena

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

  26. 4 out of 5

    Dana

  27. 5 out of 5

    Agatha

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ian

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kenneth Wilson

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tom Flaherty

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