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  1. gamma50g

    gamma50g Gold IL'ite

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    Your children are not your children.
    They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
    They come through you but not from you,
    And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

    You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
    For they have their own thoughts.
    You may house their bodies but not their souls,
    For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.

    You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
    For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

    You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
    The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.
    Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;
    For even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable.
     
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  2. vidhyalakshmid

    vidhyalakshmid IL Hall of Fame

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    Masterpiece lines of Khalil Ghibran! Each and every line is a treasure. If this is kept in mind by the parents, many problems can be avoided. I have quoted these lines in many of my speeches, especially when I talked about how to deal with teenagers.
     
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    Thyagarajan Finest Post Winner

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    Glad to know you have such a wonderful taste for philosopher's poem on children and their parents.
    He died young but immortal through his poems that covers entire spectrum of human emotions.
    I quote his poem on fear:
    Khalil Gibran on Fear:

    It is said that before entering the sea
    a river trembles with fear.
    She looks back at the path she has traveled,
    from the peaks of the mountains,
    the long winding road crossing forests and villages.
    And in front of her,
    she sees an ocean so vast,
    that to enter
    there seems nothing more than to disappear forever.
    But there is no other way.
    The river can not go back.
    Nobody can go back.
    To go back is impossible in existence.
    The river needs to take the risk of entering the ocean
    because only then will fear disappear,
    because that’s where the river will know
    it’s not about disappearing into the ocean,
    but of becoming the ocean.
     
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    vidhyalakshmid IL Hall of Fame

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    Thanks for sharing. What a beautiful,profound and insightful poem.
    The soul (jeevathma) fears about death, no knowledge
    of after death. But it is on the way of merging with the Divine
    (paramathma).
     
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    gamma50g Gold IL'ite

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    100% apt metaphor
     
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    Thank you for posting this. The beauty of Khalil Gibran is that, every time you read it, a different portion of the poem resonates more to you, based on where you are in your journey of life.

    We could take turns and post different snippets every few days if people are up for it.
     
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    Gibran on Marriage:

    You were born together and together you shall be forevermore.

    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 the 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 cypress grow not in each other's shadow.
     
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    Rihana Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    One of my favorite poems by Gibran. Like Thoughtful said, a different part will resonate at different times, and in different ways as we grow.

    What an amazing metaphor of God the archer, parent the bow, and the child the arrow. The bow that is stable -- many times that is the best thing a parent can do -- be a bow that is stable, and bend with gladness.

    Ironically, Gibran did not have children of his own, but was very close to the children of his friend, Mikhail Naimy.
     
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    Hasn't he beautifully and poetically explained the concept of staying together in a marriage and yet granting each other their own personal space through this poem?
     
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    Absolutely @Rihana . Every line in this poem is so meaningful, so relevant even today because times can change, centuries can roll by, but what parents can do for a child and how they can do it , while respecting their child's independence is so beautifully penned for all posterity to relish
     
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