Monday, January 9, 2012

Much of your pain is self-chosen - 1 Minute Reading

Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.
Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain.
And could you keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of your life, your pain would not seem less wondrous than your joy;
And you would accept the seasons of your heart, even as you have always accepted the seasons that pass over your fields.
And you would watch with serenity through the winters of your grief.


Much of your pain is self-chosen.It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self.
Therefore trust the physician, and drink his remedy in silence and tranquillity:
For his hand, though heavy and hard, is guided by the tender hand of the Unseen,
And the cup he brings, though it burn your lips, has been fashioned of the clay which the Potter has moistened with His own sacred tears.


                                                            ~Kahlil Gibran (from The Prophet)

10 comments:

  1. -- Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain. And could you keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of your life, your pain would not seem less wondrous than your joy; And you would accept the seasons of your heart, even as you have always accepted the seasons that pass over your fields. And you would watch with serenity through the winters of your grief. Much of your pain is self-chosen. It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self Therefore trust the physician, and drink his remedy in silence and tranquillity: For his hand, though heavy and hard, is guided by the tender hand of the Unseen, And the cup he brings, though it burn your lips, has been fashioned of the clay which the Potter has moistened with His own sacred tears.

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  2. Jitendra Chauhan: I think "All of it" is self Chosen. What do you say ?

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  3. I think, the world is too big to let us have our own chosen, expected, controlled... incidents in life. There is always that 'external' part in each of our happiness, sorrows.... !

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  4. Jitendra chouhan: dear my comment about 'All of It ' referred only to 'Much' of 'Pain' NOT to incidents ( the word broadens the scope ), If incidents , as explained, limit to happiness and sorrows both, then why the heading of the post says only about 'Pain' by extending it from LIFE with a ':' -- well I thought you extensively read Kahlil Gibran before posting it in the status. :) And please do not mind the comment, but finding solace in writings of Gibran Sahab in moments of turmoil in life ( if there is any ) has proven detrimental to few of my acquaintances.

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  5. The post speaks only about pain, that's true. I said incidents bcoz, any feeling short lived/long lived requires an incident. So i mean to say all the feelings whatever... when analysed has some external influenced component, that's unavoidable. That's why i think even Kahlil says only 'much' when referring to pain.. :-)

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  6. why you had to read it again , I read your name and only you posted it on tarasastree :) , well at least it is driving some traffic to the blog. I am in complete agreement of one of your possible assumptions , which link pain as one part of all feelings. However, your first post and the last post really differ on the words chosen. 'Always that ... ', and 'when analysed.. has ' about the role of external part. Thank you for switching from Extreme ( i.e. always ) usage to a milder one (i.e. when analysed). I hope at least the analysis is left to individuals who are reading the content or who are feeling the pain .. haahhaa. In my opinion it is "all of it " which is self chosen. May be while writing in The Prophet(took him many years to finish it), Gibran Sahab could not forget the pains of childhood when he and his mother had to immigrate to US (his father was charged under Tax evasion in Greater Syria , before division into three other independent Nations) and as a child he could not influence 'external factors'. He tried his best to gain acceptance amid Intellectuals through his Arabic writings and broken English and kept changing forums but was not completely successful( only his thought, people still value him for his writings). or May be because he could never get his name changed in western schools even after trying his best all his life. His work is actually splendid however it is more romantic than practical and it has prints of pessimism , as considered in the writing community. Therefore , May be you see the shadow of 'external ' , which is 'unavoidable' ... in his writings.

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  7. ‎:) , what do you think ? Is it good to believe in all what these authors write; Their motive is to convince readers ? Therefore, I was so happy :) when I came to know that it is always better to consider the situations in which something was written. And you will find that conditions around an author are mirrored in his/her writings. Anyways Let us close this discussion :) It is going too far and also I don't want to make this page look like a blog discussion :)

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