The Eye of the Prophet

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The Eye of the Prophet is a luminous collection of Gibran's writings translated from Arabic into French and now into English. Here the author is the poetic, philosophical moralist, grounded in Islam, Buddhism, and Christianity, seeking the best in people, refusing to separate humankind from the natural world. Ordinary work and life, he says, has the potential to be inherently noble, if we can learn to enact our affairs with the sublimity of nature's creations.

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Overview

The Eye of the Prophet is a luminous collection of Gibran's writings translated from Arabic into French and now into English. Here the author is the poetic, philosophical moralist, grounded in Islam, Buddhism, and Christianity, seeking the best in people, refusing to separate humankind from the natural world. Ordinary work and life, he says, has the potential to be inherently noble, if we can learn to enact our affairs with the sublimity of nature's creations.

Gibran’s descriptions celebrate the dignity and freedom of animals, birds, the seasons, oceans, clouds. His is a poet’s eye; he abhors the “tentacles of government” and calls on citizens to question all ideologies. In this book he writes about life’s great moments and passages (The First Kiss, The First Glance, The Mystery of Love, Youth); eternal essences (Earth, The Nature of Woman, Marriage, Love, Truth, Poetry), and grapples with nationalism, religion, and spiritual growth. The Eye of the Prophet blends Christian, Muslim, and Buddhist ideals into a great spiritual tapestry that transcends all cultural divisions. With its vibrant, rhythmic language, it speaks to our challenging times as a worthy companion to The Prophet.

Poet, philosopher and artist, Khalil Gibran was a man whose fame and influence spread far beyond his native Lebanon. Drawn from Gibran's prose, poetry and letters previously available only in Arabic, The Eye of the Prophet is a source of enlightenment and reflection to guide readers through daily life.

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“In these writings Kahlil Gibran takes us out of the wilderness into the joys and sorrows of everyday urban life. More personal and political than The Prophet, the book nonetheless sings with Gibran’s lyricism and abiding wisdom.”
—Wes ‘Scoop’ Nisker, author of Crazy Wisdom and cofounder of Buddhist journal Inquiring Mind

“This book shows once again why the writings of Kahlil Gibran have been such a rich source of spiritual inspiration in our modern world.”
—Jacob Needleman, author of The Heart of Philosophy

Library Journal
This is a collection of Lebanese poet Gibran's writings translated into English. The main theme of these selections is that our life and labor are inherently noble. "Life streams out of a man's inner self and not in what surrounds him," Gibran challenges. The most compelling poem in this collection is "Come Near and Tell Me Who You Are." Gibran writes: "Are you the politician who says, I shall exploit my country for the soul benefit of myself... Are you that honest, hard-working man. He whose fairness brings as much profit to himself as others." Johnny Cash's yes, that Johnny Cash narration gives an appropriate folk air to this collection. Gibran had quite a following, so this is a useful addition to most libraries.-Ravonne A. Green, Emmanuel Coll. Lib., Franklin Springs, Ga.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556436970
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books
  • Publication date: 1/29/2008
  • Pages: 138
  • Sales rank: 679,449
  • Product dimensions: 5.02 (w) x 7.26 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Kahlil Gibran (1883—1931) moved to the United States from Lebanon in 1895. Written in Arabic, his books have been translated into 20 languages. Poet, philosopher, and artist, he was compared by French sculptor Auguste Rodin to William Blake.
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