Thursday, June 9, 2011

Free Download: Kahlil Gibran, "The Prophet"

"The Prophet"
Presented by Paul Coughlin

"When I first came across this text I was deeply touched by it's wisdom and spiritual depth - it seemed to offer that timeless advice just at the right moment... I've used it when I couldn't find the words to express my feelings at a friend's loss of a loved one. I've used when I've found myself looking for a clear and serene understanding in moments of confusion and inner conflict. The book has been a faithful companion, and has remained one of, if not the favourite, of all the books I've read. I hope you enjoy the timeless wisdom and truth within these pages as much as I have over the years. With love and blessings,” - Paul Coughlin.
"The Prophet by Khalil Gibran" is a wonderful collection of inspiring and uplifting poetic essays, and is cited as the most widely read book of the twentieth century. Gibran Khalil Gibran was born on January 6th, 1883 in the Turkish province of Northern Lebanon. In 1895 his family moved to the USA and settled in Boston leaving his father behind in Lebanon. Gibran’s curiosity led him to the cultural side of Boston, which exposed him to the rich world of theatre, opera and artistic galleries. His creative talents caught the attention of his teachers who saw artistic future for the boy. They contacted Fred Holland Day, an artist and supporter of artists who opened up Gibran’s cultural world and set him on the road to artistic fame.

In 1904 Gibran had his first exhibition in Boston. From 1908 to 1910 he studied art in Paris with August Rodin. In 1912 he settled in New York and devoted himself to writing and painting. It was here that Gibran was to compose his most famous book The Prophet. The Prophet speaks of the yearning for unity within us all. Through a series of twenty six poetic essays, he teaches us that only through Love can we truly achieve that unity. Gibran died in New York in 1931, at the age of forty eight. The Prophet has been translated into more than twenty languages, and is cited as the most widely read book of the twentieth century."
Please go here to download, free, a PDF version of "The Prophet":

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