From ‘Of Good and Evil’ by Kahlil Gibran, a Guest Post

Kahlil Gibran

One of the elders of the city said:
‘Speak to us of good and evil.’
And he – the prophet – replied:
Of the good in you I can speak, but not of the evil.
For what is evil but the good within you
that is tortured by its own hunger and thirst,
for the experience of learning what will help you
in due course to return to your true nature?

That is why when the good in you is hungry
it seeks food even in dark caves. And when
it thirsts, it will drink of dead waters, too.

You are good when you are at one with your Highest
Self, yet, when you are not one with it, you are not evil.
You are but a divided house and that is not necessarily
a den of thieves; it is merely that the two parts of you,
your Highest Self and its earthly counterpart,
are still traveling in opposite directions;
thus, you are a divided house.

This can be likened to a ship without a rudder that wanders
aimlessly among perilous isles, without necessarily sinking
to the bottom. When you have learnt enough about evil,
with the help of God and the Angels, the two parts of you
will be joined together again, and brought into harmony,
so that they can work for you, instead of against.

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4 thoughts on “From ‘Of Good and Evil’ by Kahlil Gibran, a Guest Post

  1. Hello Pam:

    Wise words. I remember reading Gibrans peotry as a teenager. Good stuff indeed.

    Thanks for the post and I will probably post this also on my blog.

    Kindest regards,
    Mike

    • Hi Mike, Thank you. I didn’t find him until my early 20s and was inspired, also, by his wisdom. I wish now that I had kept reading his words of spiritual insight. Maybe some young people who feel ‘damned’ will come across this post here or at your blog, or anywhere!, and find the courage to follow their dreams. Have a great day.

  2. Hi Pam – I just found this in my Spam for some strange reason? That’s why you never heard from me. Like Mike I read and love Kahlil Gibran and shared with you once a year or so one of his quotes. Love, Michael.

    • Michael, You have shared many more than one special writing with me and ‘Notes’ readers. Kahlil Gibran is near the top of the list, though; what a wise man he was! And I’m sorry about the spam problem. My personal email regularly does that to me–nearly every day. (I guess that doesn’t happen when we sign up for the paid email.) 🙂 Thank you, Michael.

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