Kahlil Gibran

Cei care tin pe birou, ca si mine, calendare cu cate un citat pe zi sigur au luat contact, fie si numai asa, cu gandirea lui Kahlil Gibran.

For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed„. Atat de minunat pusa in cuvinte actuala filozofie, atat de la moda, a lucrurilor simple – doar ca Gibran a publicat aceste randuri acum aproape 100 de ani.

Imi propusesem de mult sa citesc fie si numai „Profetul”, considerat capodopera sa. Am fost constiincioasa si am citit si introducerea, afland astfel ca Gibran a fost si un pictor consacrat, nu doar al treilea cel mai bine vandut poet dupa Shakespeare si Lao Zi. I-am cautat picturile pe net si am fost surprinsa de stilul lor, atat data fiind epoca in care au fost realizate cat si originile poetului, filozofului si pictorului care a fost Gibran: primul arabo-american caruia i s-a ridicat un monument pe teritoriul Washingtonului. Monument superb, inspirat, dupa mine, tot din opera lui Gibran: „Capul lui Orfeu plutind pe raul Hebrus catre mare„. Aceasta plutire catre mare, intalnirea dintre izvoare si rauri cu marea apare de mai multe ori si in lucrarea sa in proza, frumoasa ca o poezie, „Profetul”. La fel pasarile.

Asa cum am ales sa o fac in ultima vreme, il las pe Kahlil Gibran sa vorbeasca, asa cum a facut-o, acum 100 de ani, despre…

… copii: „You may give them your love but not your thoughts.

For they have their own thoughts.

You may house their body but not their souls.

For their souls dwell in the house of tommorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.”

… invatare: „The teacher […] If he is indeed wise he does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind.”

… vorbire: „And in much of your talking, thinking is half murdered.

For thought is a bird of space, that in a cage of words may indeed unfold its wings but cannot fly.”

… durere: „And you would accept the seasons of your heart, even as you have always accepted the seasons that pass over your fields.”

… religie: „He who wears his morality but as his best garment were better naked.”

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 will see Him walking in the cloud, outstretching His arms in the lightning and descending in rain.

You shall see Him smiling in flowers, than rising and waving His hands in trees