Past in Perspective


Pity the nation that welcomes its new

ruler with trumpeting,

and farewells him with hooting,

only to welcome another with trumpeting again.

–Khalil Gibran

Kahlil Gibran was that rare phenomenon,

a mystical philosopher, and a mystical

philosopher who was also a poet.


Khalil Gibran’s The Garden of the Prophet was published in 1933, two years after his death. Gibran thought of this book as a companion piece to The Prophet. The book is Almustafa’s further narrations with his followers after a long intervening absence.

In the pages of the book, new topics are introduced as sequential discourses between Almustafa and a disciple: covering a wide range of subjects that describe how a person might best live a happy and illumined life. Almustafa’s vivid imagery and striking allegories provide powerful insights into mankind’s deepest motivating fears and desires.

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