Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Speak to us of religion

      And an old priest said, "Speak to us of Religion." 

      And he said: 
      Have I spoken this day of aught else? 
      Is not religion all deeds and all reflection, 
      And that which is neither deed nor reflection, but a wonder and a surprise ever springing in the soul, even while the hands hew the stone or tend the loom? 

      Who can separate his faith from his actions, or his belief from his occupations? 

      Who can spread his hours before him, saying, "This for God and this for myself; 
      This for my soul, and this other for my body?"

      All your hours are wings that beat through space from self to self. 
      He who wears his morality but as his best garment were better naked. 
      The wind and the sun will tear no holes in his skin. 
      And he who defines his conduct by ethics imprisons his song-bird in a cage. 
      The freest song comes not through bars and wires. 

      And he to whom worshipping is a window, to open but also to shut, has not yet visited the house of his soul whose windows are from dawn to dawn. 

      Your daily life is your temple and your religion. 
      Whenever you enter into it take with you your all. 

      Take the plough and the forge and the mallet and the lute, 
      The things you have fashioned in necessity or for delight. 
      For in revery you cannot rise above your achievements nor fall lower than your failures. 
      And take with you all men: 
      For in adoration you cannot fly higher than their hopes nor humble yourself lower than their despair. 

      And if you would know God be not therefore a solver of riddles. 
      Rather look about you and you shall see Him playing with your children. 

      And look into space; you shall see Him walking in the cloud, outstretching His arms in the lightning and descending in rain. 
      You shall see Him smiling in flowers, then rising and waving His hands in trees. 

~ Extract from Khalil Gibran's 'The Prophet'
Just another of the countless passages I come across and fall in love with.



  1. It is a wonderful passage and very true that the every day life we live is a reflection of our religion and belief sets. We cannot profess to follow a certain religion on one holy day and then live our lives in a different way!

  2. Wonderful. I was given a copy of The Prophet when I graduated from high school. It's a great book just to have around.

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  3. Beautifully said. Every words resonates with the truth. :)

  4. My husband always reads and re reads Khaleel Gibrans work and he says that he is hard to understand. However your blog entry seems pretty easy to understand. We needed something like this for this month. Happy Ramazan to you and your family. Inshallah !

  5. I just fell in love too :O So beautiful ♥

  6. I just fell in love with this, thank you so much for sharing! (-:

  7. Thank you for the spiritual reminder.

  8. I needed this reminder. Sigh.

  9. I have the book, my bestfriend gave it to me, and I love every one of the passages written on it :) and this one is just so so beautiful, thanks for sharing and reminding me of the book :)


  10. Beautiful extract.
    Rings true to the alphabet.


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