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True love

Khalil Gibran (April 1913)

Khalil Gibran (April 1913) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As the Sun withdrew his rays from the garden, and the moon threw cushioned beams upon the flowers, I sat under the trees pondering upon the phenomena of the atmosphere, looking through the branches at the strewn stars which glittered like chips of silver upon a blue carpet; and I could hear from a distance the agitated murmur of the rivulet singing its way briskly into the valley.

When the birds took shelter among the boughs, and the flowers folded their petals, and tremendous silence descended, I heard a rustle of feet though the grass. I took heed and saw a young couple approaching my arbor. The say under a tree where I could see them without being seen.

After he looked about in every direction, I heard the young man saying, “Sit by me, my beloved, and listen to my heart; smile, for your happiness is a symbol of our future; be merry, for the sparkling days rejoice with us.

“My soul is warning me of the doubt in your heart, for doubt in love is a sin. “Soon you will be the owner of this vast land, lighted by this beautiful moon; soon you will be the mistress of my palace, and all the servants and maids will obey your commands.

“Smile, my beloved, like the gold smiles from my father’s coffers.

“My heart refuses to deny you its secret. Twelve months of comfort and travel await us; for a year we will spend my father’s gold at the blue lakes of Switzerland, and viewing the edifices of Italy and Egypt, and resting under the Holy Cedars of Lebanon; you will meet the princesses who will envy you for your jewels and clothes.

“All these things I will do for you; will you be satisfied?”

In a little while I saw them walking and stepping on flowers as the rich step upon the hearts of the poor. As they disappeared from my sight, I commenced to make comparison between love and money, and to analyze their position in the heart.

Money! The source of insincere love; the spring of false light and fortune; the well of poisoned water; the desperation of old age!

I was still wandering in the vast desert of contemplation when a forlorn and specter-like couple passed by me and sat on the grass; a young man and a young woman who had left their farming shacks in the nearby fields for this cool and solitary place.

After a few moments of complete silence, I heard the following words uttered with sighs from weather-bitten lips, “Shed not tears, my beloved; love that opens our eyes and enslaves our hearts can give us the blessing of patience. Be consoled in our delay our delay, for we have taken an oath and entered Love’s shrine; for our love will ever grow in adversity; for it is in Love’s name that we are suffering the obstacles of poverty and the sharpness of misery and the emptiness of separation. I shall attack these hardships until I triumph and place in your hands a strength that will help over all things to complete the journey of life.

“Love – which is God – will consider our sighs and tears as incense burned at His altar and He will reward us with fortitude. Good-bye, my beloved; I must leave before the heartening moon vanishes.”

A pure voice, combined of the consuming flame of love, and the hopeless bitterness of longing and the resolved sweetness of patience, said, “Good-bye, my beloved.”

They separated, and the elegy to their union was smothered by the wails of my crying heart.

I looked upon slumbering Nature, and with deep reflection discovered the reality of a vast and infinite thing — something no power could demand, influence acquire, nor riches purchase. Nor could it be effaced by the tears of time or deadened by sorrow; a thing which cannot be discovered by the blue lakes of Switzerland or the beautiful edifices of Italy.

It is something that gathers strength with patience, grows despite obstacles, warms in winter, flourishes in spring, casts a breeze in summer, and bears fruit in autumn — I found Love.


Signature of Kahlil Gibran

Khalil Gibran’s Signature Credits:Wikipedia


About Religious Intolerance and Religious Hate…

The world is becoming  a sad spectacle nowadays,ugly, inconsiderate, cruel.Since long, i have been seeing people respecting morality, values, customs, beliefs, ideals, but NEVER more than HATE and NOT ANYMORE.

Hate is a STRONG WORD infact it is a statement, which we use to describe anyone or anything and at anytime.It could be words, looks, harsh comments, expressions anything. We have been observing all forms of hate until now…..hating other’s opinions, hating there values, hating there acts, hating their words, hating their race, hating their existence and what not.People openly reveal hate about many celebrities i.e Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton…showing hate towards politicians, athletes and the list goes on.But there is another ‘deadly’ form of hate which we love to express openly and freely – hating other’s beliefs.

A world overloading and exploding with knowledge, where books, articles, laws and codes of morality exist, there since long, we are witnessing ignorance.Where tons of books are written about punishing small crimes and not bigger breech of morality.Where moral values exist and yet libels roam.Where beliefs are holy as well as irreverent.

This article gave birth after recent uproar of protests against an anti-religion film, attacking and mocking religious sentiments of a group of people.It doesn’t matter what my religion is, i am here to justify religious sanctity, religious tolerance, and religious honor and to degrade presumptuous defaming of other’s religious beliefs and attacking their religions with abuse, ridicule, and disrespect.I do so because i am all for compassion, and all the religions of the world advocate and teach love, peace and compassion. I can never justify disgracing and disrespecting religious elements or hating others just because they belong to a different set of beliefs, or only because they are DIFFERENT.We are labeling religions with  negative sentiments and attributes, which seems absurd.

We are pretty abrupt in making up our own personal  judgement about others.It takes seconds to conclude our judgments, and we never even try to give other’s a chance to change our judgements.We never like to dig deeper,try to understand their beliefs by discussing with them.Instead we go with assumptions and invent ‘hate’.Like the Mother Teresa’s saying goes:”If you judge people, you have no time to love them”.

We also love to stereotype.Sinner, black, nerd, jerk, fat, ugly, moron blah blah…We love to creates ridges by sarcasm, satire, exaggeration, sharp, bitter, cutting, limiting and declaring others through stereotyping.The use of the word ‘anti‘ is also frequent.

The Universal declaration of Human Rights is defined on the UN site as:’The universal recognition that basic rights and fundamental freedoms are inherent to all human beings, inalienable and equally applicable to everyone, and that every one of us is born free and equal in dignity and rights. Whatever our nationality, place of residence, gender, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, language, or any other status, the international community on December 10 1948 made a commitment to upholding dignity and justice for all of us.’

If for instance  someone  insults our parents infront of us, it would blow our fuses up i’m sure, and anything we would undertake after that would be our’Freedom of speech’.Isn’t it wise to stop or punish the mindless who started the insult at the first place?

Wikipedia quotes that Laws prohibiting hate speech are unconstitutional in the United States with exceptions like ‘DEFAMATION’.

I disagree with violent protests too.People need to remain within certain boundaries in the expression of their anger and disapproval during demonstrations.It is also wise to stop the person who lights a matchstick and throws it into a forest, because it cannot be his FREEDOM OF SPEECH.If a spark ignites, it’s wayward then with the forest fires, and grass, shrubs,bushes, plants, trees and green patches involuntarily are turned to ashes.It is surely a disappointment indeed, that still it has taken place and kindled the anger of millions hurting their sentiments.

I fail to understand that why people are given the right to file lawsuits or sue people who give baseless statements and wrong accusations and allegations to defame them but are free to insult religions and no law to protect it?There is no legal framework protecting sanctity of religion, no censorship law prohibiting censor of anti-religion(any religion) material.Religion is a vast group of people as compared to celebrities, whose sentiments are worth millions more.The huge explosion of information needs a check and balance sytem, censorship.


There are thousands of other important issues to be addressed through media, over-population, hunger and starvation, depleting resources especially energy resources, inflation,joblessness, climate issues, pollution, health issues plaging all…and all that media does is to divide people further, through hate and hate speech.

We are about to create another world war soon with all this hate and anti mindsets.If our religious beliefs contradict others, it doesn’t give us the right to justify defamation of that religion.Where is our morality, values, JUSTICE?Everyone?????