You would know the secret of death.
But how shall you find it unless you seek it in the heart of life?
The owl whose night-bound eyes are blind unto the day
cannot unveil the mystery of light.
If you would indeed behold the spirit of death,
open your heart wide unto the body of life.
For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.

In the depth of your hopes and desires
lies your silent knowledge of the beyond;
And like seeds dreaming beneath the snow your heart dreams of spring.
Trust the dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.
Your fear of death is but the trembling of the shepherd when he
stands before the king whose hand is to be laid upon him in honour.
Is the shepherd not joyful beneath his trembling,
that he shall wear the mark of the king?
Yet is he not more mindful of his trembling?

For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun?
And what is it to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides,
that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?

Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing.
And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb.
And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.

— Khalil Gibran – On Death – The Prophet

Trust in dreams, for in them is the hidden gate to Eternity.

2 responses »

  1. Insight into death (and rebirth) is one of my favorite artistic ventures. 🙂 Death is the eternal companion of the warrior-spirit. I was reminded of a beautiful thing I read about clarity of mind and clarity of expression… something that Osho had once said:

    “Maharshi Ramana′s book is not much of a book, just a small pamphlet titled ‘Who am I?’

    Ramana was neither a scholar nor was he educated very much. He left home when he was only seventeen, and never returned. Who returns to the ordinary home when one has found the real home? His method is a simple enquiry into your innermost core by asking “Who am I?” He is really the founder of the enlightenment intensive, not some American fellow, or fella, who pretends to be the inventor of it.

    I have said it is not a great book, but the man is great. Sometimes I mention books which are great, written by a little man, very mediocre. Now I am mentioning a really great man who wrote a very small book, just a few pages, a pamphlet. Otherwise he was always silent. He spoke very little, just once in a while.

    Kahlil Gibran would have been immensely benefited if he had gone to Maharshi Ramana. Then he would have heard The Voice of the Master. Maharshi Ramana would also have been benefited by Kahlil Gibran, because he could write like nobody else. Ramana was a poor writer; Kahlil Gibran was a poor man, but a great writer. Both together would have been a blessing to the world.”

    – Osho – Books I Have Loved.

    • Hi,
      Thanks a lot for this extensive comment and the time you invested on writing these lines. I am always thankful for some interesting reading hints and to discover great masters. I have had the chance to read some very interesting quotes from Ramana and he is definitively on my reading list. 🙂


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