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"Love One Another But Make Not A Bond Of Love"

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  1. varalotti

    varalotti Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    This verse on Marriage by Kahlil Gibran is a must-read every person who is married.

    Then Almitra spoke again and said, And what of Marriage, master?

    And he answered saying:

    You were born together, and together you shall be for evermore.

    You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days.

    Aye, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.

    But let there be spaces in your togetherness.

    And let the winds of heavens dance between you.



    Love one another, but make not a bond of love:

    Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.

    Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup.

    Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.

    Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,

    Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.



    Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping.

    For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.

    And stand together yet not too near together:

    For the pillars of the temple stand apart,

    And the oak tree and the crypress grow not in each other’s shadow.

    Varalotti
     
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  2. meenu

    meenu Bronze IL'ite

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    Marriage In A Nutshell

    Dear Varlotti,
    That was yet another beautiful piece by Gibran. True, if the partners give space to each other marriage is very succssful.
    meenu
     
  3. Chitvish

    Chitvish Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    Dear Sridhar !

    I started reading The Prophet today !
    In our house, we both are " dependantly independant " ! I think that is what space in togetherness means !
    The post is so beautiful and to digest it, we have to read many times and enjoy every word.
    Thanks for posting this beautiful verse.
    Love & regards,
    Chithra.
     
  4. Kamla

    Kamla Super Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    "Gibran-fluenced"!!

    One gem after another..Gibran simply delivered.

    But Chitra!... "attached detachment", "dependantly indepandant" ....??!! Wow! Now ma'm, you should publish your own little book of phrases! You express beautifully:)

    Regards,
    Kamla
     
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    Chitvish Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    Oh, Kamla !

    I feel "shy" that you are complimenting me under none other than our Varalott's watchful eyes !
    Thankyou, Kamla !
    Love & regards,
    Chithra.
     
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    meenaprakash Silver IL'ite

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    another beautiful verse

    Hello Sridhar,

    thanks for sharing such a beautiful verse on marriage.
    jsut being here in IL is enlightening -
    Do understand these phrases now but wouldn't have agreed to it a few years back.
    shall buy few books of Gibran - haven't read him b4.
    Good one, Sridhar

    Kamla, I do agree with you - our Chitra's expressions are just perfect & definitely she can come out with her own cute books on phrases & various other stuff.
     
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    sudhavnarasimhan Silver IL'ite

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    Thanks for posting this Sridhar....i am on the lookout for Gibran's books now....i wish i had more time now, what with reading ur stories, episodes that set us thinking , and then improving cooking skills ,and interacting here...my life has really become busy!:confused:
    No time to worry! No time to gossip!:cry: but of course no time to complain also!
    Life seems to have wings and is flying high with lot of healthy fresh air !

    And its true that when there is a healthy silence between partners and silent appreciation of each others privacy , life gets smoother and more enjoyable with less nagging and interference!
     
  8. Kamalji

    Kamalji IL Hall of Fame

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    Dear Sridhar,


    This is the first time I am reading Kahlil Gibran, though I have heard a lot of him.


    How true, about the pillars and the trees.Makes so much sense.

    I have seen couples too close to each other, copies of each other, and too boring really.The pillars support the Roof, but are far apart, with enough space between them, so true.


    And no tree can grow und er the Mango tree, which is huge.


    A cou-ple can be in love, and can be very different too, well look at my marriage in short.


    She is Veg, me non veg, shes dosnt drink, eat, play cards, I do, she is religious , I am not, she has a living Guru, I run away from them, but she is free to follow her Guru and her life, and I am free to do fwhat I feel is right.


    But we love and care for each otherf, though our taste is so different in everything.I don’t poke my bose in her affairs, and vice versa.

    Sorry to bore u, but well this is what Gibran did to me.HAHA.Regards.kamal
     
  9. varalotti

    varalotti Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    Dear Kamal,
    Your life is a standing illustration to the words of the illustrious Lebanese poet.
    As your friend I tell you this, Kamal. Get hold of Gibran's Prophet. And after you finish your evening drinks read one chapter a day. I tell you you will feel really great. The next day you will wake up a new man, bubbling with energy.
    You should read Gibran on Prayer, giving, children, home.... Whatever he says, I am sure you'd enjoy it as much as your Scotch.
    Thanks for the fb, Kamal.
    love,

     
  10. sundarusha

    sundarusha Gold IL'ite

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    Dear Sridhar

    Thanks for sharing the work of Gibran.

    This is the first time I am reading a verse of Gibran. Is "Prophet" , a book of Gibran?

    Between reading your stories and articles and cooking with Chitvish recipes, I am on

    my toes!

    But I like to be fully occupied in this manner.
     
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