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Hi.All. I was talking to someone on the site recently about Kahil Gibran, the Persian (I think) poet. In his book "The Prophet" are some lovely words and the words about Love struck a cord.

"Love gives naught of itself and takes naught but from itself.

Love possesses not nor would it be possessed.

For love is sufficient unto love.

When you love you should not say 'God is in my heart', but rather 'I am in the heart of God'.

And think not that you can direct the thought of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.

Love has no other desire but to fulfil itself.

But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires:

To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.

To know the pain of too much tenderness.

To be wounded by your own understanding of love.

And to bleed wilfully and joyfully.

To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving.

To rest at the noon hour and meditate love's ecstasy.

To return home at eventide with gratitude.

And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips".

St. Augustine said "Love and do what thou wilt". Because, if we Love then we can do no wrong! LOVE to all. jonathan.

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Hi dear :) i can't believe you read his book, yes his name is Khalil Gebran he is Lebanese actually and studied back in Beirut, i studied in the same school for few years and we took his books in Arabic :) few of them not the Prophet but it is on my list when i visit back home.

this world is small


rouri xx


Hi. rouri. My goodness! Yes, it is a small world. I have got another of his but cannot find it at the moment. Like all sensitive people he also suffered, as you know. I know this is not actually 'pop' literature but how poignant! Since coming on this site I have encountered so much love and understanding. It has restored my faith which was wearing a bit thin. Lots of Love. jonathan.


if you believe me that anxiety restored my faith not sure if you will believe me, honestly i say since i was hit with anxiety i had to stand still and look at my life and evaluate and slowly slowly getting there. it did restore my faith and i believe now that they are much more nicer people in this world than we see and read in the media. xx




I believe you! I have said before, this illness can 'redeem' one.

I certainly am changed from the self centred, materialistic, chauvinist idiot I used to be! Oh yes, I was. In fact I look back with acute embarrassment at some of the puerile, idiotic things I said and did. No, I am not feeling sorry for myself, it is a fact. But this should make us happy. Well, it doesn't seem to have done so at present but there is a feeling of relief at having shed the old me. Blessings. jonathan.


You are Blessed Jonthan xxxxx


aren't we all blessed to have all of you caring about each other




Hi Jonathan, Rouri and Ellabella

Yes, I remember reading The Prophet (in English, Rouri, lol!) donkey's years ago (it was very popular during the Flower Power era which, unfortunately, I am old enough to remember ;) ) - but it is absolutely lovely - totally inspired!

St Paul said something similar:- "Yet these three remain - Faith, Hope and Love. But the greatest of these is Love." (often translated into English as "charity" which has different connotations from the original).

LOVE to all




big hug, i find such warm feeling when i talk to all of you in here :)

big hug

rouri xx


Aww, Rouri, that's lovely :) Big hug back, hun


Rose xxx


Hi. Rose. The three Gloucester Gladiators; biplane aircraft in WW2 flown by the Navy, were the only air defence of Malta in 1940 and were named 'Faith, Hope, and Charity'. 'Stringbags' the airmen called them yet they staved off many air attacks. Yes 'charity' is not the same. Another word altogether really. It is surprising how original words lose their meaning when translated.

Thanks for that Rose. Love. jonathan.


Here I am breaking the spell and I have to say that I can't relate to it at all and that it seems so OTT and hippy trippy.

I can never in a million years imagine myself saying 'I am in the heart of God' or 'bleeding love'........isn't that a Leona Lewis song!!

I do appreciate that lots of people really like it, someone recommended this to a family member and I remember picking it up and thinking ......ooh no, it made me feel quite uneasy.

I guess we're all different :-) PL


Hi. Penny. Nice to speak to you again. 'The Prophet' was published in 1923 so it isn't a hippy thing. I agree, it is not everyone's cup of tea but I find it uplifting. Yes, we are all different and what grabs one may not suit another. You have not broken the spell, there was not on to break. Khalil Gebran wrote from the heart. He had troubles in his own life and I seem to have read that he suffered in a similar way to us lot. Perhaps rouri can help here. Anyway, it was just a passing thought. Lovely to talk to you again. Hope you are well, or as well as can be. Love. jonatham.


he did suffer a lot, his father was a gambler and he had to leave home from a young age to America, he lost half a brother and a sister to in a duration of a year and his mother died after that from cancer. He fell in love with woman 10 years his senior, they became lovers but she never agreed to marry him, he loved her a lot and after his death at the age of 48 and to keep his memory alive along with his passionate love for her she agreed to give the love letters he wrote to her over twenty years to be published in the book The Prophet .

he suffered a lot and that's what Jonathan is relating to, his pain over the years and all the love he had for his beloved Mary!!! at the same time he used his knowledge of private Bible teaching and applied it in his writing, it is more like spiritual writing. with all the pain he suffered he still believed in Love.

his style is more like poetry style and not everyone like it but from 1900 till now they still teach his books in Sagess Lebanon where he spend few years learning, the school is run by priests.

in his books you can find illustration about his art, normally women and friends.

i feel now like re-reading his books, it has been long time since i've done that :)




Who would sell me one beautiful thought

for a hundred pounds of gold? Who

would exchange one minute of love

for a handful of gems?

Who would give me one eye

that can see beauty,

in exchange for all my treasures?


rouri. I cannot afford to be brought to tears so early!! What wonderful, wonderful lines. My goodness. Lots of love. jonathan.


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