Joy and Sorrow – painting by Kahlil Gibran
“We choose our joys and sorrows
long before we experience them.”
Kahlil Gibran writes in ‘The Prophet’ on Joy and Sorrow
“Then a woman said,’Speak to us of Joy and Sorrow.’
And he answered: Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.
And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears.
And how else can it be?
The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.
Is not the cup that hold your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven?
And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives?
When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.
When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.
Some of you say, “Joy is greater than sorrow,” and others say, “Nay, Sorrow is the greater.” But I say unto you, they are inseparable.
Verily you are suspended like scales between your sorrow and your joy. Only when you are empty are you at standstill and balanced. When the treasure-keeper lifts you to weigh his gold and his silver, needs must your joy or your sorrow rise or fall. ” Kahlil Gibran
“So, this is what it is-simple, that you are integrated. By Integration, you get the power to do what you understand, and you have power to feel happy with what you understand. So, you come to a stage where you develop this ‘Niranand’. And, this ‘Niranand’ you develop when you are absolutely the Spirit. In ‘Niranand’ state there’s no duality left . It is Adwaita, without dualiy, is One Personality. That is, you are completely integrated and the joy is not anymore dented-it’s complete. It hasn’t got a happiness and a sorrow aspect, but is just Joy. The Joy is not that you laugh loud, the Joy is not that you are always smiling. No. Is the stillness, the quietude within your Self, the peace, of your being, of your Spirit, that asserts itself into Vibrations which you feel, that when you feel that peace, you feel like light of the sun, the whole rays of that beauty spreading.” ( excerpt from Shri Mataji’s lecture on Crown Chakra in 1983 )
“Song of the Flower”, by Kahlil Gibran
I am a kind word uttered and repeated
By the voice of Nature;
I am a star fallen from the
Blue tent upon the green carpet.
I am the daughter of the elements
With whom Winter conceived;
To whom Spring gave birth; I was
Reared in the lap of Summer and I
Slept in the bed of Autumn.
At dawn I unite with the breeze
To announce the coming of light;
At eventide I join the birds
In bidding the light farewell.
The plains are decorated with
My beautiful colors, and the air
Is scented with my fragrance.
As I embrace Slumber the eyes of
Night watch over me, and as I
Awaken I stare at the sun, which is
The only eye of the day.
I drink dew for wine, and hearken to
The voices of the birds, and dance
To the rhythmic swaying of the grass.
I am the lover’s gift; I am the wedding wreath;
I am the memory of a moment of happiness;
I am the last gift of the living to the dead;
I am a part of joy and a part of sorrow.
But I look up high to see only the light,
And never look down to see my shadow.
This is wisdom which man must learn.”
Soon we will have a Special Event in Burlington, Oakville or Milton Sahaja Yoga meditation class – specially dedicated to Kahlil Gibran, who was not only a multi-talented, inspired artist but as well a realized soul. Kahlil’s genuine and concerned love for people, as well his authentic connection with the divine – through his awakened Kundalini energy – ‘certified’ him, in a sahaj way as The Prophet.
Beautiful Documentary on Kahlil Gibran’s Life & Work -Music & Quotes