Pity the nation that welcomes its new
ruler with trumpeting,
and farewells him with hooting,
only to welcome another with trumpeting again.
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.