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Der Prophet

Der Prophet

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Der Prophet

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Aug 3, 2012
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Seit Jahrzehnten entdeckt jede Generation wieder neu die Schönheit und Tiefe der Texte Khalil Gibrans, der "Prophet" avancierte zum internationalen Kultbuch.

"Eure Kinder sind nicht Eure Kinder. Sie sind die Söhne und Töchter der Sehnsucht des Lebens nach sich selber. Sie kommen durch euch, aber nicht von euch, und obwohl sie mit euch sind, gehören sie euch doch nicht. Ihr dürft Ihnen eure Liebe geben, aber nicht eure Gedanken. Denn sie haben ihre eigenen Gedanken." (Kapitel: Von den Kindern)
Herausgeber:
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Aug 3, 2012
ISBN:
9783843602914
Format:
Buch

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Der Prophet - Khalil Gibran

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Cover

Haupttitel

Inhalt

Über das Buch

Impressum

Hinweise des Verlags

Khalil Gibran

Der Prophet

Patmos Verlag

INHALT

Die Ankunft des Schiffes

Die Reden des Propheten

Von der Liebe

Von der Ehe

Von den Kindern

Vom Geben

Vom Essen und Trinken

Von der Arbeit

Von der Freude und vom Leid

Von den Häusern

Von den Kleidern

Vom Kaufen und Verkaufen

Von Schuld und Sühne

Von den Gesetzen

Von der Freiheit

Von Vernunft und Leidenschaft

Vom Schmerz

Von der Selbsterkenntnis

Vom Lehren

Von der Freundschaft

Vom Reden

Von der Zeit

Vom Guten und Bösen

Vom Beten

Vom Vergnügen

Von der Schönheit

Von der Religion

Vom Tod

Der Abschied

Die Ankunft des Schiffes

Almustafa, der Erwählte und Geliebte, der seinerzeit eine Morgenröte war, hatte zwölf Jahre in der Stadt Orphalese auf sein Schiff gewartet, das wiederkommen und ihn zur Insel seiner Geburt zurückbringen sollte.

Und im zwölften Jahr, am siebten Tag des Jelul, des Monats der Ernte, erstieg er den Hügel jenseits der Stadtmauern und schaute zur See; und er sah sein Schiff mit dem Nebel nahen.

Da wurden die Tore seines Herzens aufgeschwungen und seine Freude flog weit über das Meer. Und er schloss die Augen und betete in der Stille seiner Seele.

Aber als er den Hügel hinabstieg, überkam ihn eine Traurigkeit, und er dachte in seinem Herzen: Wie soll ich in Frieden und ohne Trauer gehen? Nein, nicht ohne Wunde im Geist werde ich diese Stadt verlassen.

Lang waren die Tage der Qual, die ich in ihren Mauern verbrachte, und lang waren die Nächte der Einsamkeit; und wer kann seine Qual und seine Einsamkeit ungerührt hinter sich lassen?

Zu viel von meinem Geist habe ich in diesen Straßen verströmt, und zu zahlreich sind die Kinder meiner Sehnsucht, die nackt in diesen Hügeln wandern, und ich kann mich nur schwer und mit Schmerzen von ihnen zurückziehen.

Es ist kein Gewand, das ich heute ablege, sondern eine Haut, die ich mir mit eigenen Händen abreiße.

Auch ist es kein Gedanke, den ich hinter mir lasse, sondern ein Herz, süß vor Hunger und Durst.

Doch kann ich nicht länger bleiben. Das Meer, das alles zu sich ruft, ruft mich, und ich muss das Schiff besteigen. Denn zu bleiben, auch wenn die Stunden in der Nacht brennen, hieße zu gefrieren und unbeweglich zu werden und in einer Form zu erstarren.

Gern nähme ich alles, was hier ist, mit mir. Aber wie wäre mir das möglich?

Eine Stimme kann nicht die Zunge und die Lippen mit sich tragen, die ihr Flügel gaben. Allein muss sie in den Äther hinaus.

Allein und ohne sein Nest muss der Adler zur Sonne fliegen.

Als er nun unten am Hügel angekommen war, wandte er sich wieder dem Meer zu, und er sah sein Schiff in den Hafen einlaufen und auf dem Bug die Seeleute, die Männer seines eigenen Landes. Und seine Seele rief hinaus zu ihnen, und er sagte: Söhne meiner ehrwürdigen Mutter, ihr Reiter der Gezeiten, wie oft seid ihr in meinen Träumen gesegelt.

Und nun kommt ihr in meinem Wachen, das mein tieferer Traum ist.

Ich bin bereit zu gehen, und meine Ungeduld erwartet mit gesetzten Segeln den Wind.

Nur einen Atemzug noch will ich tun in dieser stillen Luft, nur einen liebenden Blick noch zurückwerfen, und dann werde ich unter euch stehen, ein Seefahrer unter Seefahrern.

Und du, unermessliches Meer, schlafende Mutter, Die du allein dem Fluss und dem Strom Frieden und Freiheit bist,

Nur eine Biegung noch wird dieser Strom machen, nur ein Murmeln noch in diesem Hain,

Und dann werde ich zu dir kommen, ein grenzenloser Tropfen in einem grenzenlosen Ozean.

Und als er

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  • (4/5)
    I selected The Prophet as an Around the World For A Good Book choice for Lebanon but really I've been meaning to read this book for quite some time. Especially since a I few years ago when I met Kahlil Gibran's cousin and godson - also named Kahlil Gibran - on a sculpture tour of Forest Hills Cemetery. The Prophet is a series of lessons given by a prophet to the townsfolk on topics varying from "Children," "Self-Knowledge," and "Good and Evil." It has many of the paradoxical formations found in many works of inspirational literature including Lao-Tzu's "Way of Life", the teachings of the Buddha and The Beatitudes of Jesus Christ. Like those other works, it's not really a read once and remember book, it's more of a come back to again and again and find a different pearl of wisdom book.Favorite Passages:from "On Eating and Drinking":But since you must kill to eat, and rob the newly born of its mother' s milk to quench your thirst, let it then be an act of worship. - p. 23from "On Self-Knowledge":Say not, "I have found the truth," but rather, "I have found a truth." Say not, "I have found the path of the soul." Say rather, "I have met the soul walking upon my path." For the soul walks upon all paths. - p. 55from "On Death":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 shall claim your limbs, then you shall truly dance. - p. 81
  • (5/5)
    I read this years ago. I'm not a religious person in the slightest. I might consider myself spiritual. This book was to me what I suppose the Bible or Koran, or Torah or whatever is to people of religion. It's a go-to book for learning how to be a better person. Provides insight into emotions, and ideas about work and life.
  • (4/5)
    This new edition seemed a good opportunity to take in this classic. You don't hear so much about Kahlil Gibran nowadays, but when I was in my teens he seemed to be all over the place.To be honest, I'm not sure what I think. The work captures the cadence and impression of a solid work of philosophy -- much better than the other forms I was also consuming in my teens, like Richard Bach. And I found his real world pragmatism on issues reassuring. Unlike the Christian platitudes on marriage about becoming one, Gibran urged the partners to maintain their individuality however much they are together. Similarly, parents are encouraged to allow their children to become their own persons. Parents may strive to be like their children, but they should not work to make their children like them. All true. On the other hand, I tend not to appreciate arguments of the form of clever wordplay that seek to find deep wisdom by inverting the terms. A and not-A. A chain is only as weak as the weakest link, but also as strong as the strongest one. That's ridiculous. Were I a different kind of person, or even the same person at a different, probably earlier stage of life, I may have the time and inclination to puzzle over these brief expositions on selected topics. But that's not what's going to happen. In truth, I found the new introduction to be the most memorable, with the story of how reading the right book at the right time can change one's life. That's what we really need to be reminded of.This edition introduced a new error into the text, on page 19. Publishers do not pay as much attention to copy editing as they did in the old days, sadly.
  • (4/5)
    This was a surprisingly good read. The pithy statements are full of wisdom and poetic grace and the entire whole is abounded by a sense of care and compassion towards the reader. Although I am not religious, I found this to be a particularly gripping book that held my attention from start to finish.

    Great read. Recommended for poets, scholars, those with religious reasons, and curiosity-seekers.
  • (3/5)
    It's ok, not earth shattering or anything. May require re-reading.
  • (5/5)
    This book is priceless. If you haven't done so, read it soon. So much wisdom so sweetly and lovingly put forth.
  • (5/5)
    This is one book in which, as I came to the last few pages, I subconsciously began to read slower and slower: trying to make it last as I savored every word. There is real poetry in this book...the best kind that is full of wisdom and deep things said in the simplest way. A beautiful, gently philosophical read.
  • (5/5)
    An absolutely beautiful little book filled with poetic wisdom that I believe people from every faith and background can draw from.
  • (5/5)
    "The Prophet" is a beautiful and timeless work of art. From the mouth of an old man about to sail away to a far off place, we hear the simple and lyrical wisdom of life and all its components, such as love, work, materialism, crime, freedom, friendship, pleasure, and death. This is a classic guide book for life, full of philosophical eloquence. It is a profound and poetic serman that puts much into perspective without feeling dogmatic or religious. Especially poignant were the writings on Marriage, Children, and Joy and Sorrow. The book can be read in less than an hour, but I'd suggest spending more time with it, allowing yourself to fully absorb this masterpiece. Ten stars.
  • (4/5)
    a treasure.. i keep going back to it
  • (5/5)
    Read this when I was 10 & it stayed with me forever. My buddy in college used to tease me that it was my bible :-p
  • (4/5)
    A beautiful book! The poetry is exquisite and often quoted for its beauty and profound insight. A MUST-READ! Gibran's prophet speaks eloquently on the topics of everyone's life: Love, Marriage, Children, Work, Joy and Sorrow, ... Time, ... Religion...This timeless work will have you thinking deeply and THAT is its greatest gift!
  • (4/5)
    20 years ago my sister passed away and a professor at my university handed me this book to read "On Joy and Sorrow". It stayed with me for the next 20 years until I finally tracked it down to this book. The message in "On Joy and Sorrow" is one I've tried to pass on to a friend or two when it seemed it would be helpful.

    Having just finished the whole book, there are many passages here that are as thought provoking. Just about every aspect of life is covered in this small tome, and I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys looking at the deeper meanings in everyday life.
  • (5/5)
    These short sections on various topics are completely insightful. Reading the prophet's wisdom, I felt as though he were telling me things from my own mind that I only had not put down into words, and Gibran wrote his prose with such an artfulness that this novel is nothing short of inspirational. He has written the poetry of my soul.
  • (5/5)
    There are spiritual gems sprinkled throughout the pages. A book of wisdom and a spiritual classic.
  • (4/5)
    I read The Prophet perhaps way way too quickly - its short enough to be read in a few hours, but deep enough to take years to digest. There's lots in there that would be good quotes to remember. It reminded me a little bit of the song 'Best of all possible worlds' in Candide(?) where this one know-it-all explains his unrelenting optimism.
  • (5/5)
    Beautiful, amazing, spiritually-lifting little book that I have been flipping through for 25+ years! I highly recommend it - to everyone!!!
  • (5/5)
    I picked up a First Edition copy at Thrift Store! The Greatest Find of My life!
  • (5/5)
    I feel like this is one of those essential books that everyone should read at least once in their lives. And, while it took me longer than it probably should have, I've finally read it.So much insight in Gibran's narrative, things that are timeless because they speak to the basics of human nature, which regardless of how much we "advance" as a society, will always remain true.Freedom, Time, Beauty, Crime & Punishment, Beauty, Teaching, Speaking; all concepts that the Prophet touches upon. Just do yourself a favor and pick this one up, it's definitely worth the read.This is one I'm going to keep close to me so I can reference it often.
  • (5/5)
    This small and beautiful collection of poems is wonderful. They cover any range of topics of life such as marriage and childhood. They are a great pick you up.
  • (5/5)
    Sometimes you read a book, sometimes a book reads you.
  • (3/5)
    This is an interesting piece of philosophy, well worth a couple rereads. Basically this prophet comes to town, and the people of the town ask him all kinds of questions, and he answers them. There's some good advice about infusing your every action with love and stuff like that, and some confusing advice that may be encouraging nudity and/or anarchy. Like I said, it's worth multiple reads. And it's short enough that rereading is no burden. A good choice if you're in the mood to ponder the Big Issues.
  • (4/5)
    My mother, a Bohemian at heart, gave me this is a birthday present and, at first, I didn't quite know what to make of it. But once I relaxed into the fact that The Prophet is merely a creative work of rare and extraordinary beauty, I began to enjoy it and even read a few passages to my husband. I particularly like "Work is love made visible". The Prophet contains some lovely lyrical prose and many enchanting passages which are largely universal in nature. There is a great deal of wisdom in this book, although I would qualify this by saying that, if one were looking for answers to life's greatest questions, there is nothing in The Prophet that you couldn't find in your own Holy scriptures, whatever they may be. Some may take offense to this book, considering its title and the name of the main character, but I think it is possible to transcend this kind of reaction if you can take The Prophet for what it is: a creative work of prose fiction, not intended as a poisonous substitute for sacred scripture.
  • (5/5)
    i was surprised to learn that gibran was actually an (arab-)american poet and writer, considering that his body of work is almost completely left out of the western and american poetry "canon." the prophet is truly a gift that gibran left for the world. of all writing that i've read this is by far the most practical and accessible, and it's no wonder that it is the most widely read work of all time. the omission of this book from the western poetry canon smacks of racism, but also calls into question the definition and function of poetry in society. because the fact is that most poets will never touch as many people in such a profound way as gibran's prophet has and continues to--particularly those considered to be the "best" within the isolated privileged halls of academia. gibran's prophet's wisdom crosses cultures and time, despite the lack of enthusiam from the ivory towers of poetryland. in fact, the prophet is gibran himself."Beauty is life when life unveils her holy face. But you are life and you are the veil. Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in the mirror."
  • (5/5)
    Gibran is the one of the most popular poets gracefully standing in this vale of tears. Only Shakespeare and Lao-Tze are more often quoted and published. The Prophet is not Jesus -- for there is no crucifixion, no salvation in blood. The Prophet is not Mohammed -- for there is no war, no jihad, no vilification, no second-class sex or tribe, and no obsession with "being clean" in an impure world. Possibly, he is Manes, because there are revenant themes of Christic Persian mystery -- but there is no hard line drawn between the infinite possibilities of Good and Evil. It is all about grace, seeing inside, understanding outside.Gibran is one of the diaspora of great men and women who fled and flee from the Middle East (Lebanon). Thousands of great poets are still fleeing the persecutions and the stifling monopoly of Islam. In the West, his talent for grace was appreciated. He flourished, and so will any reader.
  • (5/5)
    If you have ever questioned time, life, freedom, pain, friendship, love, marriage or pleasure I recommend this book.The lessons in this book can positively impact your life. Very simply written, this book speaks to everyone.
  • (2/5)
    The translation I read makes it seem as if Gibran were trying to condense "Thus Spake Zarathustra." I'm not sure whether this is a fault of the specific translation
  • (4/5)
    Pretty quick read with some wise insights into human nature and our relationship with God. Some favorites:

    "Verily the lust for comfort murders the passion of the soul, and then walks grinning in the funeral."

    On search for freedom:
    "And my heart bled within me; for you can only be free when even the desire of seeking freedom becomes a harness to you, and when you cease to speak of freedom as a goal and a fulfillment."

    On the mystery of death and afterlife:
    "In the depths 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."
  • (5/5)
    another MUST read for EVERYONE
  • (5/5)
    A book that transcends most faiths; one to reach for in the middle of the night.