October 27, 2008

Thought for today

Posted in Philosophy, Thoughts tagged , , at 1:07 am by randallbutisingh

YOUR CHILDREN ARE NOT YOUR CHILDREN
Excerpt from ‘THE PROPHET by Khalil Gibran.

“And a woman who held a babe against her bosom said, Speak to us of Children.
And he said; your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, and though they are with you yet they belong not to you.”

“You may give them your love but not your thoughts, For they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls, For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams. You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you. For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday”.

“You are the bows from which your children like living arrows are sent forth, The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far. Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness; For even as he loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable”.

KHALIL GIBRAN, 1883 – 1931, poet, philosopher and artist was born in Lebanon. He was considered the genius of his age by the millions of Arabic-speaking peoples familiar with his writings in that language. But his influence spread far beypnd the Near East. His poetry has been translated into more than twenty languages.. His drawings and paintings have been exhibited in the great capitals of the world and compared to the work of William Blake. Later he made the United States his home during the last twenty years of his life, and began to write in English. The Prophet and other books of poetry, illustrated with his mystical drawings are loved by innumerable Americans who find in them an expression of the deeper impulses of man’s heart and mind.

Alfred A. Knopf, P ublisher, New York.

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