Share the Wealth: The Prophet by Khalil Gibran


Greetings Soul Rebels,

For the second installment of the series I seek to offer some insight into the human condition.  I like to describe this share as one of the rest stops on my continuing journey towards comprehending the Unity that transcends multiplicity. Truth is elegant and at just around 60 pages of some rather gracefully articulated poetic wisdom, I couldn’t do this series without including The Prophet.  The work is arranged in the form of a discourse between the beloved prophet Almustafa and the people of Orphalese just prior to his departure from the city.  I feel as though my thoughts on the work would only defeat the purpose of sharing, as truth must be individually apprehended. So travelers, instead of pontificating on Gibran’s illumination, I’ll provide two sections to help you decide if you’ll rest at this exit or journey further.

The Prophet on 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 holds 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

The Prophet on Self Knowledge:

AND a man said, Speak to us of Self-Knowledge.
And he answered, saying:
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.

Here’s a link to the text: The Prophet by Khalil Gibran

Imho amigos, securing a hard copy of this masterpiece isn’t such a terrible idea. As you’ll hopefully soon discover, this work cannot be digested in a single reading nor will it readily depart from your memory. The Prophet’s wisdom is timeless.

For the fans of Napoleon Hill out there, you may be interested to know that this was to be read as a part of the course- The Law of Success in Sixteen Lessons.

One love,



About H3nry J3kyll
Vincit omnia veritas (using an obscure Latin heraldry motto makes one seem kinda learned and distinguished).

10 Responses to Share the Wealth: The Prophet by Khalil Gibran

  1. Jeff Nguyen says:

    Your writings always remind me of a quote from Victor Hugo…“A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is visible labor and there is invisible labor.”

    You are definitely a deep thinker, H3nry.

    • H3nry J3kyll says:

      I thank you for that my friend. I try to share stuff that I’ve found useful in “opening my eyes” a bit. I think that for the narrative to be re-written, each of us has to begin to perceive the additional dimensions of our humanity. Love the quote btw.

  2. The quote you selected is incredibly beautiful. I read this book such a long time ago! And the lotus has been on my mind. Tomorrow the Sun enters Pisces, we will all “run murmuring to the sea.”

  3. DK Fennell says:

    H3nry: Another think-inducer you give us. We probably don’t thank you enough for your labors.

    But to show you that your work doesn’t fail to incite reaction, I will give a ying to The Prophet’s yang: Stephen Crane in the Black Riders. Here’s a taste:

    I walked in a desert.
    And I cried,
    “Ah, God, take me from this place!”
    A voice said, “It is no desert.”
    I cried, “Well, But–
    The sand, the heat, the vacant horizon.”
    A voice said, “It is no desert.”

    and one more

    There was a man who lived a life of fire.
    Even upon the fabric of time,
    Where purple becomes orange
    And orange purple,
    This life glowed,
    A dire red stain, indelible;
    Yet when he was dead,
    He saw that he had not lived.

    Perhaps the Prophet and the Black Riders tell the truth.

    • H3nry J3kyll says:

      These labors require no thanks my friend. Your sharing of Crane is gratitude enough. I look forward to reading the Black Riders and think perhaps you are correct about both telling the truth.

  4. ptero9 says:

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

    Love this and am enjoying this series H3nry. I have not read many of these classics. Thanks for sharing the snippets and providing links.

    • H3nry J3kyll says:

      You’re welcome Debra. I am glad that you got something out of the post. That line has also stuck with me since I first read it and I must confess that the words do pop up when necessary. The practicality of this book is what grabbed me when it first crossed my path.
      Btw, I see that you are enjoying the class you’re taking. Thank you for sharing the notes.

  5. tubularsock says:

    H3nry ……. every time I see one of your posts come up in my email I know I’ll have to set the day aside to deal with all the information. Tubularsock is getting wiser in his own time by all this knowledge ……. soon, very soon ……. it will be walking on water for me! Thank you.

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