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The Prophet
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Kahlil Gibran

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A$=?&TA3A. the chosen an# the belo1e#. ,ho ,as a #a,n unto his o,n #a*. ha# ,aite# t,el1e *ears in the cit* of 0rphalese for his ship that ,as to return an# bear hi+ back to the isle of his birth. An# in the t,elfth *ear. on the se1enth #a* of 'elool. the +onth of reaping. he cli+be# the hill ,ithout the cit* ,alls an# looke# sea,ar#@ an# he behel# his ship co+ing ,ith the +ist. Then the gates of his heart ,ere flung open. an# his jo* fle, far o1er the sea. An# he close# his e*es an# pra*e# in the silences of his soul. B?T as he #escen#e# the hill. a sa#ness ca+e upon hi+. an# he thought in his heart: 8o, shall ' go in peace an# ,ithout sorro,A Na*. not ,ithout a ,oun# in the spirit shall ' lea1e this cit*. $ong ,ere the #a*s of pain ' ha1e spent ,ithin its ,alls. an# long ,ere the nights of aloneness@ an# ,ho can #epart fro+ his pain an# his aloneness ,ithout regretA Too +an* frag+ents of the spirit ha1e ' scattere# in these streets. an# too +an* are the chil#ren of +* longing that ,alk nake# a+ong these hills. an# ' cannot ,ith#ra, fro+ the+ ,ithout a bur#en an# an ache. 't is not a gar+ent ' cast off this #a*. but a skin that ' tear ,ith +* o,n han#s. Nor is it a thought ' lea1e behin# +e. but a heart +a#e s,eet ,ith hunger an# ,ith thirst. >"T ' cannot tarr* longer. The sea that calls all things unto her calls +e. an# ' +ust e+bark. 3or to sta*. though the hours burn in the night. is to freeBe an# cr*stalliBe an# be boun# in a +oul#.

3ain ,oul# ' take ,ith +e all that is here. But ho, shall 'A A 1oice cannot carr* the tongue an# the lips that ga1e it ,ings. Alone +ust it seek the ether. An# alone an# ,ithout his nest shall the eagle fl* across the sun. N0/ ,hen he reache# the foot of the hill. he turne# again to,ar#s the sea. an# he sa, his ship approaching the harbour. an# upon her pro, the +ariners. the +en of his o,n lan#. AN( his soul crie# out to the+. an# he sai#: &ons of +* ancient +other. *ou ri#ers of the ti#es. 8o, often ha1e *ou saile# in +* #rea+s. An# no, *ou co+e in +* a,akening. ,hich is +* #eeper #rea+. 7ea#* a+ ' to go. an# +* eagerness ,ith sails full set a,aits the ,in#. 0nl* another breath ,ill ' breathe in this still air. onl* another lo1ing look cast back,ar#. An# then ' shall stan# a+ong *ou. a seafarer a+ong seafarers. An# *ou. 1ast sea. sleeping +other. /ho alone are peace an# free#o+ to the ri1er an# the strea+. 0nl* another ,in#ing ,ill this strea+ +ake. onl* another +ur+ur in this gla#e. An# then ' shall co+e to *ou. a boun#less #rop to a boun#less ocean. AN( as he ,alke# he sa, fro+ afar +en an# ,o+en lea1ing their fiel#s an# their 1ine*ar#s an# hastening to,ar#s the cit* gates. An# he hear# their 1oices calling his na+e. an# shouting fro+ fiel# to fiel# telling one another of the co+ing of his ship. AN( he sai# to hi+self:

&hall the #a* of parting be the #a* of gatheringA An# shall it be sai# that +* e1e ,as in truth +* #a,nA An# ,hat shall ' gi1e unto hi+ ,ho has left his slough in +i#furro,. or to hi+ ,ho has stoppe# the ,heel of his ,inepressA &hall +* heart beco+e a tree hea1*<la#en ,ith fruit that ' +a* gather an# gi1e unto the+A An# shall +* #esires flo, like a fountain that ' +a* fill their cupsA A+ ' a harp that the han# of the +ight* +a* touch +e. or a flute that his breath +a* pass through +eA A seeker of silences a+ '. an# ,hat treasure ha1e ' foun# in silences that ' +a* #ispense ,ith confi#enceA 'f this is +* #a* of har1est. in ,hat fiel#s ha1e ' so,e# the see#. an# in ,hat unre+e+bere# seasonsA 'f this in#ee# be the hour in ,hich ' lift up +* lantern. it is not +* fla+e that shall burn therein. "+pt* an# #ark shall ' raise +* lantern. An# the guar#ian of the night shall fill it ,ith oil an# he shall light it also. T8"&" things he sai# in ,or#s. But +uch in his heart re+aine# unsai#. 3or he hi+self coul# not speak his #eeper secret. AN( ,hen he entere# into the cit* all the people ca+e to +eet hi+. an# the* ,ere cr*ing out to hi+ as ,ith one 1oice. An# the el#ers of the cit* stoo# forth an# sai#: Go not *et a,a* fro+ us. A noonti#e ha1e *ou been in our t,ilight. an# *our *outh has gi1en us #rea+s to #rea+. No stranger are *ou a+ong us. nor a guest. but our son an# our #earl* belo1e#. &uffer not *et our e*es to hunger for *our face.

ar#s the great sCuare before the te+ple. *our ship has co+e.hen he ha# been but a #a* in their cit*. An# she haile# hi+. for it . sa*ing: Prophet of Go#. An# he an# the people procee#e# to. An# e1er has it been that lo1e kno.s not its o.n #epth until the hour of separation. AN( there ca+e out of the sanctuar* a . an# the *ears *ou ha1e spent in our +i#st beco+e a +e+or*. in Cuest of the utter+ost.ho ha# first sought an# belie1e# in hi+ .o+an .as she . >et this . has been a light upon our faces. =uch ha1e . his tears falling upon his breast. But speechless .oul# not bin# *ou nor our nee#s hol# *ou.e lo1e# *ou.hose na+e . AN( others ca+e also an# entreate# hi+. it cries alou# unto *ou. (eep is *our longing for the lan# of *our +e+ories an# the #.e ask ere *ou lea1e us. >et no.a1es of the sea separate us no. An# no.ith 1eils has it been 1eile#. But he ans. 8e onl* bent his hea#@ an# those . .oul# stan# re1eale# before *ou.elling<place of *our greater #esires@ an# our lo1e . an# *ou +ust nee#s go. that *ou speak to us an# gi1e us of *our truth.ho stoo# near sa.AN( the priests an# the priestesses sai# unto hi+: $et not the .alke# a+ong us a spirit.ith e!cee#ing ten#erness.as Al+itra.as our lo1e.ere# the+ not. an# .. an# *our sha#o. an# . An# she . long ha1e *ou searche# the #istances for *our ship.as a seeress. An# he looke# upon her . >ou ha1e .

e .ith our #a*s.ithin *our soulsA 0N $06" T8"N sai# Al+itra.or# hi##en a+ong his pinions +a* . An# . An# he raise# his hea# an# looke# upon the people. "1en as he ascen#s to *our height an# caresses *our ten#erest branches .hen his .oun# *ou.n *ou of that .ith a great 1oice he sai#: /hen lo1e beckons to *ou. &peak to us of $o1e. Though his 1oice +a* shatter *our #rea+s as the north . an# it shall not perish. Though the s. of . "1en as he is for *our gro.atche# . 'n *our aloneness *ou ha1e .ere#: People of 0rphalese.hich is e1en no.eeping an# the laughter of our sleep. AN( he ans.ns *ou so shall he crucif* *ou.hen he speaks to *ou belie1e in hi+.a*s are har# an# steep. 307 e1en as lo1e cro. an# in *our .An# . +o1ing .aste the gar#en. therefore #isclose us to oursel1es. an# the* unto their chil#ren. Though his . follo.ill gi1e it unto our chil#ren.ings enfol# *ou *iel# to hi+. An# .akefulness *ou ha1e listene# to the . hi+. an# tell us all that has been sho.th so is he for *our pruning. an# there fell a stillness upon the+. An# .een birth an# #eath. No.in# la*s .hich is bet.hat can ' speak sa1e of that .

if it fin#s *ou .that Cui1er in the sun.oul# it be possesse#@ 3or lo1e is sufficient unto lo1e. 'nto the seasonless .4 but rather. 8e knea#s *ou until *ou are pliant@ An# then he assigns *ou to his sacre# fire. /8"N *ou lo1e *ou shoul# not sa*. Then it is better for *ou that *ou co1er *our nake#ness an# pass out of lo1eDs threshing<floor.le#ge beco+e a frag+ent of $ifeDs heart. that *ou +a* beco+e sacre# brea# for Go#Ds sacre# feast. A$$ these things shall lo1e #o unto *ou that *ou +a* kno. $'K" shea1es of corn he gathers *ou unto hi+self.4 An# think not *ou can #irect the course of lo1e. an# . 8e threshes *ou to +ake *ou nake#. 8e grin#s *ou to . $o1e possesses not nor . B?T if in *our fear *ou . 8e sifts *ou to free *ou fro+ *our husks. but not all of *our laughter. an# in that kno.orth*. 4Go# is in +* heart. . $06" gi1es naught but itself an# takes naught but fro+ itself.eep.hiteness.orl# .here *ou shall laugh. but not all of *our tears. 4' a+ in the heart of Go#. the secrets of *our heart.oul# seek onl* lo1eDs peace an# lo1eDs pleasure. #irects *our course. for lo1e. &o shall he #escen# to *our roots an# shake the+ in their clinging to the earth.

But if *ou lo1e an# +ust nee#s ha1e #esires. But let there be spaces in *our togetherness.ings of #eath scatter *our #a*s.ith a . an# together *ou shall be for e1er+ore.een *ou.ith gratitu#e@ An# then to sleep .hite .inge# heart an# gi1e thanks for another #a* of lo1ing@ To rest at the noon hour an# +e#itate lo1eDs ecstas*@ To return ho+e at e1enti#e . >ou shall be together . +asterA An# he ans.oun#e# b* *our o. *ou shall be together e1en in the silent +e+or* of Go#. A*e. let these be *our #esires: To +elt an# be like a running brook that sings its +elo#* to the night.hat of =arriage.n un#erstan#ing of lo1e@ An# to blee# .ith a pra*er for the belo1e# in *our heart an# a song of praise upon *our lips. An# . $06" one another.ake at #a. 0N =A77'AG" T8"N Al+itra spoke again an# sai#. To .illingl* an# jo*full*.hen the . but +ake not a bon# of lo1e: . To be .in#s of the hea1ens #ance bet.ere born together.ere# sa*ing: >ou . To kno. the pain of too +uch ten#erness. An# let the .$06" has no other #esire but to fulfill itself.n .

not in each otherDs sha#o..o+an . An# the oak tree an# the c*press gro.ho hel# a babe against her boso+ sai#. >0? +a* gi1e the+ *our lo1e but not *our thoughts. An# though the* are . 0N %8'$(7"N AN( a . . "1en as the strings of a lute are alone though the* Cui1er .ith the sa+e +usic. An# stan# together *et not too near together: 3or the pillars of the te+ple stan# apart. G'6" *our hearts.een the shores of *our souls. but not into each otherDs keeping. 3ill each otherDs cup but #rink not fro+ one cup. &peak to us of %hil#ren. The* co+e through *ou but not fro+ *ou.ith *ou *et the* belong not to *ou. Gi1e one another of *our brea# but eat not fro+ the sa+e loaf. &ing an# #ance together an# be jo*ous. An# he sai#: >our chil#ren are not *our chil#ren. but let each one of *ou be alone.$et it rather be a +o1ing sea bet. 3or onl* the han# of $ife can contain *our hearts. The* are the sons an# #aughters of $ifeDs longing for itself.

ar# nor tarries .hen *ou gi1e of *our possessions. An# he ans.s are sent forth.hen *ou gi1e of *ourself that *ou trul* gi1e.hich *ou cannot 1isit.ith *ester#a*.s +a* go s.A An# to<+orro. . not e1en in *our #rea+s.3or the* ha1e their o. so 8e lo1es also the bo. 3or their souls #. bring to the o1er<pru#ent #og bur*ing bones in the trackless san# as he follo.ere#: >ou gi1e but little . The archer sees the +ark upon the path of the infinite. 3or .hat is fear of nee# but nee# itselfA 's not #rea# of thirst .hat shall to<+orro.ell in the house of to<+orro. that flies..ith 8is +ight that 8is arro.hich *our chil#ren as li1ing arro.s fro+ . . >ou are the bo.ift an# far.hat are *our possessions but things *ou keep an# guar# for fear *ou +a* nee# the+ to +orro. 't is . an# 8e ben#s *ou .ell is full. the thirst . 0N G'6'NG T8"N sai# a rich +an. &peak to us of Gi1ing. >ou +a* house their bo#ies but not their souls.n thoughts. 3or life goes not back. $et *our ben#ing in the ArcherDs han# be for gla#ness@ 3or e1en as 8e lo1es the arro. >ou +a* stri1e to be like the+.. but seek not to +ake the+ like *ou.hen *our . that is stable.s the pilgri+s to the hol* cit*A An# .

ho shall recei1e is jo* greater than gi1ing.ho gi1e little of the +uch .ho gi1e .ell to gi1e . that the season of gi1ing +a* be *ours an# not *our inheritorsD.ho is .orth* . There are those . &urel* he . An# there are those .ith +in#fulness of 1irtue@ The* gi1e as in *on#er 1alle* the +*rtle breathes its fragrance into space.ith jo*.ho gi1e . an# fro+ behin# their e*es 8e s+iles upon the earth.holeso+e.ithhol#A All *ou ha1e shall so+e #a* be gi1en@ Therefore gi1e no. through un#erstan#ing@ An# to the open<han#e# the search for one .orth* to recei1e his #a*s an# his nights is . The* gi1e that the* +a* li1e. an# their coffer is ne1er e+pt*. Through the han#s of such as these Go# speaks. 4' .oul# . An# there are those .ho ha1e little an# gi1e it all.ar#. an# that jo* is their re..ithhol# is to perish.that is unCuenchableA T8"7" are those .ho gi1e an# kno. >0? often sa*. 'T is . an# that pain is their baptis+.ith pain.4 The trees in *our orchar# sa* not so. nor gi1e . but onl* to the #eser1ing. but it is better to gi1e unaske#.hich the* ha1e<<an# the* gi1e it for recognition an# their hi##en #esire +akes their gifts un. An# is there aught *ou .hen aske#. for to .oul# gi1e. nor #o the* seek jo*. An# there are those . These are the belie1ers in life an# the bount* of life. not pain in gi1ing. nor the flocks in *our pasture.

ho #ee+ *ourself a gi1er. An# he . let it then be an act of . &peak to us of "ating an# (rinking. 7ather rise together . a keeper of an inn.ho are *ou that +en shoul# ren# their boso+ an# un1eil their pri#e. An# he sai#: /oul# that *ou coul# li1e on the fragrance of the earth.of all else fro+ *ou.ings@ 3or to be o1er+in#ful of *our #ebt is to #oubt his generosit* .hich lies in the courage an# the confi#ence.ho has #eser1e# to #rink fro+ the ocean of life #eser1es to fill his cup fro+ *our little strea+.orth nake# an# their pri#e unabashe#A &ee first that *ou *ourself #eser1e to be a gi1er. that *ou +a* see their .ith the gi1er on his gifts as on .eight of gratitu#e. lest *ou la* a *oke upon *ourself an# upon hi+ .hat #esert greater shall there be. are but a . of recei1ingA An# . AN( *ou recei1ers<<an# *ou are all recei1ers<<assu+e no . an# an instru+ent of gi1ing. na* the charit*. an# Go# for father. But since *ou +ust kill to eat.orship.l* born of its +otherDs +ilk to Cuench *our thirst.itness. sai#. 3or in truth it is life that gi1es unto life<. An# . 0N "AT'NG AN( (7'NK'NG T8"N an ol# +an.hile *ou.ho gi1es. An# let *our boar# stan# an altar on .ho has the free<hearte# earth for +other.hich the pure an# the innocent of forest an# plain are sacrifice# for that .hich is purer . than that . an# like an air plant be sustaine# b* the light. an# rob the ne. .

>our bloo# an# +* bloo# is naught but the sap that fee#s the tree of hea1en. let there be in *our heart a song for each cup@ An# let there be in the song a re+e+brance for the autu+n #a*s. an# +* fruit shall be gathere# for the . sa* to it in *our heart: 4>our see#s shall li1e in +* bo#*.an# still +ore innocent in +an.e shall rejoice through all the seasons. An# the bu#s of *our to<+orro. An# *our fragrance shall be +* breath.inter.inepress. /8"N *ou kill a beast sa* to hi+ in *our heart: 4B* the sa+e po.4 An# in .4 AN( in the autu+n.hen *ou crush an apple .inepress. . An# like ne.hen *ou gather the grapes of *our 1ine*ar#s for the .ine. shall blosso+ in +* heart. the . that #eli1ere# *ou into +* han# shall #eli1er +e into a +ightier han#.inepress.4 AN( . ' too a+ slain@ an# ' too shall be consu+e#.ith *our teeth. an# for the .er that sla*s *ou. 3or the la.hen *ou #ra. 0N /07K . . sa* in *our heart: 4' too a+ a 1ine*ar#. an# for the 1ine*ar#. An# together . .ine ' shall be kept in eternal 1essels.

An# all . An# in keeping *ourself . /hich of *ou .hen there is . /8"N *ou .hose heart the .ith the earth an# the soul of the earth.ork that *ou +a* keep pace .ith lo1e *ou bin# *our self to *ourself.er that naught but the s. An# to lo1e life through labour is to be inti+ate .ork . >0? ha1e been tol# also that life is #arkness.ash a.ar#s the infinite.hen there is kno.hich is .ork *ou are a flute through .ork is a curse an# labour a +isfortune. assigne# to *ou .T8"N a plough+an sai#.hen there is urge.ork *ou fulfill a part of earthDs furthest #rea+.eat of *our bro.as born. &peak to us of /ork. An# all urge is blin# sa1e .ith lifeDs in+ost secret. an# to one another.a* that . An# all kno.hispering of the hours turns to +usic.hat .ork. then ' ans. . an# to Go#. sa*ing: >ou .ith labour *ou are in truth lo1ing life. le#ge.oul# be a ree#.hen all else sings together in unisonA A$/A>& *ou ha1e been tol# that . An# ' sa* that life is in#ee# #arkness sa1e .hen there is lo1e@ An# . B?T if *ou in *our pain call birth an affliction an# the support of the flesh a curse .hen that #rea+ . But ' sa* to *ou that .. #u+b an# silent.ere#.ritten.ritten upon *our bro. . An# he ans.hen *ou .ear*.ork is e+pt* sa1e .hen *ou . 3or to be i#le is to beco+e a stranger unto the seasons.as sai# b* the . an# in *our . shall .le#ge is 1ain sa1e . an# to step out of lifeDs procession that +arches in +ajest* an# prou# sub+ission to.eariness *ou echo .

ho +akes the san#als for our feet.n soul in the stone. is nobler than he .ho turns the 1oice of the . 03T"N ha1e ' hear# *ou sa*.ith jo*. an# lo1e not the singing. an# fin#s the shape of his o.ith lo1e but onl* .n spirit. that the .in# into a song +a#e s.ith threa#s #ra. it is better that *ou shoul# lea1e *our .ork an# sit at the gate of the te+ple an# take al+s of those . An# if *ou gru#ge the crushing of the grapes.n lo1ing.atching. An# he .ith ten#erness an# reap the har1est . e1en as if *our belo1e# .ith in#ifference.ork .ho ploughs the soil.ear that cloth.ork .ho . . 48e .eeter b* his o.ith #istaste.ho seiBes the rainbo.in# speaks not +ore s. 't is to buil# a house .eetl* to the giant oaks than to the least of all the bla#es of grass@ An# he alone is great . e1en as if *our belo1e# . *ou bake a bitter brea# that fee#s but half +anDs hunger.ine.orks in +arble. e1en as if *our belo1e# .ell in that house. An# if *ou sing though as angels. 't is to charge all things *our fashion . see#s .ea1e the cloth . *ou +uffle +anDs ears to the 1oices of the #a* an# the 1oices of the night. An# to kno. to la* it on a cloth in the likeness of +an.ith affection.akefulness of noonti#e.ith jo*.ork .4 But ' sa*. /07K is lo1e +a#e 1isible.ere to #.hat is it to .ho . 3or if *ou bake brea# . but in the o1er.ere to eat the fruit.ith a breath of *our o. is +ore than he .ere to . 't is to so. that all the blesse# #ea# are stan#ing about *ou an# . *our gru#ge #istills a poison in the . as if speaking in sleep.ith lo1eA 't is to .AN( . An# if *ou cannot .n fro+ *our heart. not in sleep.

re+e+ber that the other is asleep upon *our be#.hich has gi1en *ou sorro. 4)o* is greater than sorro. sorro.ere#: >our jo* is *our sorro. the* are inseparable. 4Na*.hich has been *our #elight. An# the selfsa+e .eeping for that .oo# that . /hen *ou are sorro.e# . look #eep into *our heart an# *ou shall fin# it is onl* that .ith kni1esA /hen *ou are jo*ous.ith *our tears. .as oftenti+es fille# .ith *ou at *our boar#.o+an sai#.hen one sits alone . An# he ans..hich *our laughter rises .4 an# others sa*. look again in *our heart. &0=" of *ou sa*. Together the* co+e. 's not the cup that hol#s *our . 6"7'$> *ou are suspen#e# like scales bet. that is gi1ing *ou jo*. un+aske#. the +ore jo* *ou can contain..4 But ' sa* unto *ou. is the greater. an# *ou shall see that in truth *ou are .een *our sorro. An# ho.ell fro+ .as hollo. an# *our jo*. &peak to us of )o* an# &orro. car1es into *our being.0N )0> AN( &0770/ T8"N a . an# .as burne# in the potterDs o1enA An# is not the lute that soothes *our spirit the 1er* .ful. else can it beA The #eeper that sorro.ine the 1er* cup that .

ithin the cit* .alls. 3or e1en as *ou ha1e ho+e<co+ings in *our t. that *ou +ight seek one another through 1ine*ar#s. 'n their fear *our forefathers gathere# *ou too near together. 0N 80?&"& T8"N a +ason ca+e forth an# sai#. an# co+e .s in the sun an# sleeps in the stillness of the night@ an# it is not #rea+less. 't gro.ilight. But these things are not *et to be.ere# an# sai#: Buil# of *our i+aginings a bo. (oes not *our house #rea+A an# #rea+ing.alls separate *our hearths . An# he ans. nee#s +ust *our jo* or *our sorro. An# that fear shall en#ure a little longer.ere *our streets. &peak to us of 8ouses. an# like a so. A little longer shall *our cit* .eigh his gol# an# his sil1er.il#erness ere *ou buil# a house . so has the . >our house is *our larger bo#*.hen *ou are e+pt* are *ou at stan#still an# balance#.. an# the green paths *our alle*s. the e1er #istant an# alone.er in the .ith the fragrance of the earth in *our gar+ents.0nl* . /oul# the 1alle*s . lea1e the cit* for gro1e or hilltopA /0?$( that ' coul# gather *our houses into +* han#. rise or fall. /hen the treasure<keeper lifts *ou to .er scatter the+ in forest an# +ea#o.an#erer in *ou.

erA 8a1e *ou re+e+brances. the gli++ering arches that span the su++its of the +in#A 8a1e *ou beaut*.n.hat ha1e *ou in these housesA An# . Though its han#s are silken. chil#ren of space. 6eril* the lust for co+fort +ur#ers the passion of the soul.oun#. that lea#s the heart fro+ things fashione# of . . B?T *ou. nor fear to breathe lest .oo# an# stone to the hol* +ountainA Tell +e.ings that *ou +a* pass through #oors. . the Cuiet urge that re1eals *our po. an# then . its heart is of iron.ith hook an# scourge +akes puppets of *our larger #esires.ith fastene# #oorsA 8a1e *ou peace. an# it beco+es a ta+er. people of 0rphalese. but an e*eli# that guar#s the e*e. nor ben# *our hea#s that the* strike not against a ceiling. that stealth* thing that enters the house a guest. *ou shall not be trappe# nor ta+e#. >our house shall be not an anchor but a +ast. an# la*s the+ in thistle#o.alks grinning in the funeral.alls shoul# crack an# fall #o. *ou restless in rest. AN( tell +e.hat is it *ou guar# . 't lulls *ou to sleep onl* to stan# b* *our be# an# jeer at the #ignit* of the flesh. 't +akes +ock of *our soun# senses.fro+ *our fiel#s. an# . an# then beco+es a host. ha1e *ou these in *our housesA 0r ha1e *ou onl* co+fort.n like fragile 1essels. 't shall not be a glistening fil+ that co1ers a . >ou shall not fol# *our . an# the lust for co+fort. an# then a +asterA A>".

.4 An# ' sa*.s are the songs an# the silences of night. it .hen his . But sha+e . 0N %$0T8"& AN( the . An# . An# though of +agnificence an# splen#our. 3orget not that +o#est* is for a shiel# against the e*e of the unclean. an# the softening of the sine. *et the* hi#e not the unbeautiful.in#.hose . 3or that .hen the unclean shall be no +ore.in# . /oul# that *ou coul# +eet the sun an# the .hat .ho has .o1en the clothes .in#.hose #oor is the +orning +ist.s .e .as #one he laughe# in the forest. A*e.ork .ere#: >our clothes conceal +uch of *our beaut*. 3or the breath of life is in the sunlight an# the han# of life is in the .ea1er sai#.>ou shall not #.in# . &0=" of *ou sa*.as the north .in#o. &peak to us of %lothes.hich is boun#less in *ou abi#es in the +ansion of the sk*.ear. 4't is the north . an# .ith +ore of *our skin an# less of *our rai+ent. An# though *ou seek in gar+ents the free#o+ of pri1ac* *ou +a* fin# in the+ a harness an# a chain. An# he ans.ere +o#est* but a fetter . An# . *our house shall not hol# *our secret nor shelter *our longing.as his loo+.ell in to+bs +a#e b* the #ea# for the li1ing.as his threa#. .

0N B?>'NG AN( &"$$'NG AN( a +erchant sai#.ith us to the fiel#.4 AN( if there co+e the singers an# the #ancers an# the flute pla*ers.<< 'n1oke then the +aster spirit of the earth.ere# an# sai#: To *ou the earth *iel#s her fruit. /8"N in the +arket<place *ou toilers of the sea an# fiel#s an# 1ine*ar#s +eet the .eighs 1alue against 1alue. An# he ans. to co+e into *our +i#st an# sanctif* the scales an# the reckoning that . To such +en *ou shoul# sa*: 4%o+e .or#s for *our labour.oul# sell their . .ith *our hair.ith our brothers to the sea an# cast *our net@ 3or the lan# an# the sea shall be bountiful to *ou e1en as to us. to fill *our han#s. or go .in#s long to pla* .ho . AN( suffer not the barren<han#e# to take part in *our transactions. &peak to us of Bu*ing an# &elling.ea1ers an# the potters an# the gatherers of spices.ant if *ou but kno.<< bu* of their gifts also. an# *ou shall not .ill but lea# so+e to gree# an# others to hunger. >et unless the e!change be in lo1e an# kin#l* justice it .an# a fouling of the +in#A An# forget not that the earth #elights to feel *our bare feet an# the . ho. 't is in e!changing the gifts of the earth that *ou shall fin# abun#ance an# be satisfie#. .

a*s of the +ole nor seeks it the holes of the serpent.s not the .ere#.ells not alone in *our being. That *ou.inge#. =uch in *ou is still +an.a* .hile unhee#e# at the gate of the blesse#. alone an# unguar#e#.ith e+pt* han#s. 3or the +aster spirit of the earth shall not sleep peacefull* upon the .rong unto others an# therefore unto *ourself.an#ering upon the . an# +uch in *ou is not *et +an.in#. sa*ing: 't is . co++it a . An# he ans. An# like the ether it lifts but the . But *our go#<self #. AN( before *ou lea1e the +arket<place. . 0N %7'=" AN( P?N'&8="NT T8"N one of the ju#ges of the cit* stoo# forth an# sai#. see that no one has gone his . though fashione# of #rea+s.3or the* too are gatherers of fruit an# frankincense. an# that . $'K" the ocean is *our go#<self@ 't re+ains for e1er un#efile#. is rai+ent an# foo# for *our soul.rong co++itte# +ust *ou knock an# .hen *our spirit goes . &peak to us of %ri+e an# Punish+ent.in# till the nee#s of the least of *ou are satisfie#.hich the* bring.ait a . An# for that . "1en like the sun is *our go#<self@ 't kno.

>ou are the .le#ge of the .oul# ' no.eak cannot fall lo. $ike a procession *ou .hite<han#e# is not clean in the #oings of the felon.a*farers. but . though the .rong as though he .alks asleep in the +ist searching for its o.hen one of *ou falls #o.hich is in *ou also.icke# an# the . &o the . An# as a single leaf turns not *ello.ho. . But ' sa* that e1en as the hol* an# the righteous cannot rise be*on# the highest .a* an# the .s cri+e an# the punish+ent of cri+e. 03T"NT'="& ha1e ' hear# *ou speak of one . An# of the +an in *ou .ere not one of *ou.icke#.ar#s *our go#<self.ith the silent kno.rong .or# lie hea1* upon *our hearts: The +ur#ere# is not unaccountable for his o.ithout the hi##en . speak. an# he falls for those ahea# of hi+.rong<#oer cannot #o . An# .er than the lo.akening.n a. a caution against the stu+bling stone.hole tree. *et re+o1e# not the stu+bling stone.hich is in each one of *ou. though faster an# surer of foot.orl#. &o the .But a shapeless pig+* that . but a stranger unto *ou an# an intru#er upon *our . The righteous is not innocent of the #ee#s of the . AN( this also.alk together to. An# the .n he falls for those behin# hi+. 3or it is he an# not *our go#<self nor the pig+* in the +ist that kno.ho co++its a . An# the robbe# is not bla+eless in being robbe#.ill of *ou all.est . A*e. .n +ur#er.

an# he shall e!a+ine the loo+ also. /hat ju#g+ent pronounce *ou upon hi+ . An# if an* of *ou .icke#@ 3or the* stan# together before the face of the sun e1en as the black threa# an# the .ea1er shall look into the . shall *ou punish those .oul# lash the offen#er look unto the spirit of the offen#e#. all ent.hite are .ife. An# *ou ju#ges . An# still +ore often the con#e+ne# is the bur#en bearer for the guiltless an# unbla+e#.eigh the heart of her husban# in scales. >ou cannot separate the just fro+ the unjust an# the goo# fro+ the . '3 an* of *ou . An# let hi+ .oul# be just.hose re+orse is alrea#* greater than their +is#ee#sA .ho .ith +easure+ents. $et hi+ also .ho though honest in the flesh *et is a thief in spiritA /hat penalt* la* *ou upon hi+ .hen the black threa# breaks. the fruitful an# the fruitless. let hi+ see to its roots@ An# 1eril* he .ho in action is a #ecei1er an# an oppressor.>ea. prosecute *ou hi+ .ill fin# the roots of the goo# an# the ba#.hole cloth.ine# together in the silent heart of the earth. the guilt* is oftenti+es the 1icti+ of the injure#.oul# bring to ju#g+ent the unfaithful . An# . the .o1en together.ho also is aggrie1e# an# outrage#A AN( ho. an# +easure his soul . >et .oul# punish in the na+e of righteousness an# la* the a!e unto the e1il tree.ho .ho sla*s in the flesh *et is hi+self slain in the spiritA An# ho.

hich *ou .'s not re+orse the justice .oul# un#erstan# justice.oul# fain ser1eA >et *ou cannot la* re+orse upon the innocent nor lift it fro+ the heart of the guilt*.ith the innocent. .ho .hat of our $a.ith laughter.ere#: >ou #elight in la*ing #o. But . B?T .hich is a#+inistere# b* that 1er* la. ?nbi##en shall it call in the night.ake an# gaBe upon the+sel1es.ho buil# san#<to.ilight bet. But .een the night of his pig+*<self an# the #a* of his go# self.ith *ou.a*s .n la. An# that the corner<stone of the te+ple is not higher than the lo. that +en +a* .*er sai#.hat of those to . An# *ou .hen *ou #estro* the+ the ocean laughs . 0N $A/& T8"N a la.s. +asterA An# he ans.ho+ life is not an ocean.s. shall *ou unless *ou look upon all #ee#s in the fullness of lightA 0nl* then shall *ou kno.ers the ocean brings +ore san# to the shore. 6eril* the ocean laughs al.hile *ou buil# *our san#<to. . ho.est stone in its foun#ation.ith constanc* an# then #estro* the+ . that the erect an# the fallen are but one +an stan#ing in t.ers . An# . >et *ou #elight +ore in breaking the+. $ike chil#ren pla*ing b* the ocean .

<breakersA /8AT shall ' sa* of these sa1e that the* too stan# in the sunlight.ho . .ho cannot she# his skin. an# *ou can loosen the strings of the l*re. But to .ho lo1es his *oke an# #ee+s the elk an# #eer of the forest stra* an# 1agrant thingsA /hat of the ol# serpent .ho+ life is a rock.a* sa*ing that all feasts are 1iolation an# all feasters la.hich the* .hat .in#. a chisel . an# their sha#o.s are not san#<to.hen o1er<fe# an# tire# goes his .hat i+ages #ra. an# calls all others nake# an# sha+elessA An# of hi+ .ho hates #ancersA /hat of the o! .s.n an# trace their sha#o. an# the la.s shall *ou fear if *ou #ance but stu+ble against no +anDs iron chainsA An# . .n on the earth can hol# *ouA >ou .le#ge the la.ho is he that shall bring *ou to ju#g+ent if *ou tear off *our gar+ent *et lea1e it in no +anDs pathA P"0P$" of 0rphalese.ith the . but . *ou can +uffle the #ru+. shall bin# *ou if *ou break *our *oke but upon no +anDs prison #oorA /hat la.sA An# . An# .ith .e##ing feast.hat is the sun to the+ but a caster of sha#o.an# +an<+a#e la.s are their la.s.s but to stoop #o.hat is it to ackno. an# .oul# car1e it in their o.ho co+es earl* to the . but .s upon the earthA But *ou .ers.alk facing the sun.n likenessA /hat of the cripple .eather 1ane shall #irect *our courseA /hat +anDs la.ho shall co++an# the sk*lark not to singA .ho tra1el .ith their backs to the sunA The* see onl* their sha#o.

"1en as sla1es hu+ble the+sel1es before a t*rant an# praise hi+ though he sla*s the+. though its links glitter in the sun an# #aBBle *our e*es. of the cita#el ' ha1e seen the freest a+ong *ou . .as . AN( ho. A*e. &peak to us of 3ree#o+. shall *ou rise be*on# *our #a*s an# nights unless *ou break the chains . an# .hen *ou cease to speak of free#o+ as a goal an# a fulfill+ent.ithout a .orship *our o.hen e1en the #esire of seeking free#o+ beco+es a harness to *ou.hen these things gir#le *our life an# *et *ou rise abo1e the+ nake# an# unboun#.ear their free#o+ as a *oke an# a han#cuff.n forehea#.n self *ou .n han# upon *our o.n free#o+. >0? shall be free in#ee# .hen *our #a*s are not .ith *our o.ere#: At the cit* gate an# b* *our firesi#e ' ha1e seen *ou prostrate *ourself an# .ithout a care nor *our nights . An# he ans. *ou .oul# #iscar# that *ou +a* beco+e freeA 'f it is an unjust la. AN( .oul# abolish.ant an# a grief.hat is it but frag+ents of *our o. .0N 37""(0= AN( an orator sai#. in the gro1e of the te+ple an# in the sha#o.n of *our un#erstan#ing ha1e fastene# aroun# *our noon hourA 'n truth that . But rather . that la.hich *ou call free#o+ is the strongest of these chains.hich *ou at the #a.ithin +e@ for *ou can onl* be free .ritten . An# +* heart ble# .

the #esire# an# the #rea#e#. to another light. fa#es an# is no +ore.oul# #ethrone. An# if it is a #espot *ou .ithin *ou as lights an# sha#o.hich *our reason an# *our ju#g+ent . that care has been chosen b* *ou rather than i+pose# upon *ou. An# . /oul# that ' coul# be the peace+aker in *our soul. sa*ing: >our soul is oftenti+es a battlefiel#. shall '. can a t*rant rule the free an# the prou#. 3or ho.ere#. 0N 7"A&0N AN( PA&&'0N AN( the priestess spoke again an# sai#: &peak to us of 7eason an# Passion. upon .oul# cast off.>ou cannot erase it b* burning *our la. An# he ans. that ' +ight turn the #iscor# an# the ri1alr* of *our ele+ents into oneness an# +elo#*. books nor b* . These things +o1e .hen the sha#o. the pursue# an# that .age . An# thus *our free#o+ . unless *ou *oursel1es be also the peace+akers.oul# escape. the light that lingers beco+es a sha#o. the seat of that fear is in *our heart an# not in the han# of the feare#.oul# #ispel. the repugnant an# the cherishe#.ithin *ou is #estro*e#. An# if it is a fear *ou . 6"7'$> all things +o1e .n free#o+ an# a sha+e in their o.n pri#eA An# if it is a care *ou .ar against *our passion an# *our appetite.ashing the forehea#s of *our ju#ges.hich *ou .ithin *our being in constant half e+brace.hen it loses its fetters beco+es itself the fetter of a greater free#o+. see first that his throne erecte# . but for a t*rann* in their o.s in pairs that cling. though *ou pour the sea upon the+. But ho. .

is a fla+e that burns to its o. *ou can but toss an# #rift. that *our passion +a* li1ethrough its o.hen the stor+ co+es. unatten#e#. is a force confining@ an# passion. that it +a* sing@ An# let it #irect *our passion . an# a leaf in Go#Ds forest.ith reason.e.n #ail* resurrection. sharing the peace an# serenit* of #istant fiel#s an# +ea#o. ' /0?$( ha1e *ou consi#er *our ju#g+ent an# *our appetite e1en as *ou .hen *ou sit in the cool sha#e of the . *ou too shoul# rest in reason an# +o1e in passion. . an# the +ight* . an# thun#er an# lightning proclai+ the +ajest* of the sk*.4 An# since *ou are a breath in Go#Ds sphere.na*.oul# t. an# like the phoeni! rise abo1e its o.<<then let *our heart sa* in a. Tell us of Pain.oul# not honour one guest abo1e the other@ for he .o lo1e# guests in *our house. 4Go# +o1es in passion. Therefore let *our soul e!alt *our reason to the height of passion. ruling alone. .in# shakes the forest. A=0NG the hills.n #estruction.s<< then let *our heart sa* in silence.ho is +ore +in#ful of one loses the lo1e an# the faith of both. 4Go# rests in reason. 'f either *our sails or *our ru##er be broken. 3or reason. the lo1ers of all *our ele+entsA >0?7 reason an# *our passion are the ru##er an# the sails of *our seafaring soul.n ashes.o+an spoke.4 An# . or else be hel# at a stan#still in +i#<seas.hite poplars. 0N PA'N AN( a . &urel* *ou . sa*ing.

sa*ing: >our hearts kno. An# *ou .n sacre# tears. But *our ears thirst for the soun# of *our heartDs kno.le#ge. in silence the secrets of the #a*s an# the nights. e1en as *ou ha1e al.oul# . *our pain . though it burn *our lips. 't is the bitter potion b* .ithin *ou heals *our sick self.atch . pain.ith 8is o.ith serenit* through the . has been fashione# of the cla* .on#rous than *our jo*@ An# *ou . &"$3<KN0/$"(G" AN( a +an sai#. &peak to us of &elf<Kno.a*s accepte# the seasons that pass o1er *our fiel#s.le#ge. so +ust *ou kno.oul# accept the seasons of *our heart.hich the Potter has +oistene# .hich the ph*sician . .oul# not see+ less .on#er at the #ail* +iracles of *our life. An# coul# *ou keep *our heart in . an# #rink his re+e#* in silence an# tranCuillit*: 3or his han#. though hea1* an# har#. "1en as the stone of the fruit +ust break.ere#. An# the cup he brings.inters of *our grief. is gui#e# b* the ten#er han# of the ?nseen. that its heart +a* stan# in the sun. =?%8 of *our pain is self<chosen. Therefore trust the ph*sician.An# he sai#: >our pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses *our un#erstan#ing. An# he ans.

3or self is a sea boun#less an# +easureless. 4' ha1e +et the soul . neither #oes it gro.alks upon all paths.ith staff or soun#ing line. like a ree#.4 3or the soul .hich *ou ha1e al.4 &a* rather.a*s kno.oul# touch .4 but rather.ith *our fingers the nake# bo#* of *our #rea+s.alks in the sha#o.le#ge. of the te+ple. >ou .eigh *our unkno. &peak to us of Teaching. The soul unfol#s itself.oul# be re1eale# to *our e*es.>ou . The hi##en . The teacher .ell<spring of *our soul +ust nee#s rise an# run +ur+uring to the sea@ An# the treasure of *our infinite #epths . &A> not. . 4' ha1e foun# a truth. in .n in thought.alking upon +* path.hich alrea#* lies half asleep in the #a.oul# kno. An# he sai#: No +an can re1eal to *ou aught but that . gi1es not of his . 4' ha1e foun# the truth. 0N T"A%8'NG T8"N sai# a teacher.n treasure@ An# seek not the #epths of *our kno. 4' ha1e foun# the path of the soul.alks not upon a line.ell *ou shoul#. a+ong his follo.ning of *our kno.or#s that .is#o+ but rather of his faith an# his lo1ingness. The soul .le#ge .ers.ho . But let there be no scales to . like a lotus of countless petals.4 &a* not. AN( it is .

&peak to us of 3rien#ship.or#s. An# he is *our boar# an# *our firesi#e.eight an# +easure. in frien#ship.ings to another +an.ise he #oes not bi# *ou enter the house of his . 3or *ou co+e to hi+ .ith lo1e an# reap .n +in#.hich arrests the rh*th+.'f he is in#ee# . An# he ans. . 3or the 1ision of one +an len#s not its .is#o+. /8"N *our frien# speaks his +in# *ou fear not the 4na*4 in *our o. nor #o *ou . so +ust each one of *ou be alone in his kno. . but he cannot gi1e *ou his un#erstan#ing.hich *ou so. 0N 37'"N(&8'P AN( a *outh sai#. nor the 1oice that echoes it. all #esires.ith thanksgi1ing.ith hol# the 4a*e. The astrono+er +a* speak to *ou of his un#erstan#ing of space.4 An# .hen he is silent *our heart ceases not to listen to his heart@ 3or .le#ge of Go# an# in his un#erstan#ing of the earth.le#ge.ho is 1erse# in the science of nu+bers can tell of the regions of . all thoughts.ere#. 8e is *our fiel# .n +in#. An# he . An# e1en as each one of *ou stan#s alone in Go#Ds kno. an# *ou seek hi+ for peace. but rather lea#s *ou to the threshol# of *our o.ith *our hunger. but he cannot con#uct *ou thither. but he cannot gi1e *ou the ear .ere#. The +usician +a* sing to *ou of the rh*th+ . sa*ing: >our frien# is *our nee#s ans.hich is in all space.ithout .

ell in the solitu#e of *our heart *ou li1e in *our lips. AN( let *our best be for *our frien#. 'f he +ust kno. 3or lo1e that seeks aught but the #isclosure of its o. but not *our e+ptiness. *ou grie1e not@ 3or that . of little things the heart fin#s its +orning an# is refreshe#.all e!pectations are born an# share#.a*s .ith jo* that is unclai+e#. 3or . /hen *ou part fro+ *our frien#.hich *ou lo1e +ost in hi+ +a* be clearer in his absence. An# in the s. 0N TA$K'NG AN( then a scholar sai#.hen *ou cease to be at peace . the ebb of *our ti#e. An# let there be no purpose in frien#ship sa1e the #eepening of the spirit. .n +*ster* is not lo1e but a net cast forth: an# onl* the unprofitable is caught. as the +ountain to the cli+ber is clearer fro+ the plain.ith hours to li1e.ere#. sa*ing: >ou talk .hat is *our frien# that *ou shoul# seek hi+ .eetness of frien#ship let there be laughter. &peak of Talking.ith *our thoughts@ An# .ith hours to killA &eek hi+ al. its floo# also.hen *ou can no longer #. . An# he ans. an# soun# is a #i1ersion an# a pasti+e. an# sharing of pleasures. let hi+ kno. 3or it is his to fill *our nee#. 3or in the #e.

hich the* the+sel1es #o not un#erstan#. an# .ill keep the truth of *our heart as the taste of the . 'n the boso+ of such as these the spirit #.oul# a#just *our con#uct an# e1en #irect the course of *our spirit accor#ing to hours an# seasons.ells in rh*th+ic silence. let the spirit in *ou +o1e *our lips an# #irect *our tongue. An# there are those .ithin *our 1oice speak to the ear of his ear@ 3or his soul .ere#: >ou .oul# +easure ti+e the +easureless an# the i++easurable. /8"N *ou +eet *our frien# on the roa#si#e or in the +arket<place. An# there are those .ho seek the talkati1e through fear of being alone.or#s +a* in#ee# unfol# its .ine is re+e+bere#.ithout kno. T8"7" are those a+ong *ou . 0N T'=" AN( an astrono+er sai#. .An# in +uch of *our talking. thinking is half +ur#ere#.ho talk. >ou .hat of Ti+eA4 An# he ans.le#ge or forethought re1eal a truth .ithin the+. that in a cage of . but the* tell it not in .ings but cannot fl*. /hen the colour is forgotten an# the 1essel is no +ore.or#s. The silence of aloneness re1eals to their e*es their nake# sel1es an# the* . 3or thought is a bir# of space.oul# escape. $et the 1oice .ho ha1e the truth . 4=aster. .

ith longing.ithin the centre of his being. nor fro+ lo1e #ee#s to other lo1e #ee#sA An# is not ti+e e1en as lo1e is. but not of the e1il.hose bank *ou .oul# sit an# . &peak to us of Goo# an# "1il. An# that . .hich scattere# the stars into space. an# . 3or . >"T the ti+eless in *ou is a.hich sings an# conte+plates in *ou is still #.ing.s that *ester#a* is but to<#a*Ds +e+or* an# to<+orro.are of lifeDs ti+elessness.oul# +ake a strea+ upon .ithin the boun#s of that first +o+ent . An# kno. though boun#less. An# he ans.hen goo# is hungr* it seeks foo# e1en in #ark ca1es.ith re+e+brance an# the future .er to lo1e is boun#lessA An# *et . 0N G00( AN( "6'$ AN( one of the el#ers of the cit* sai#.ho #oes not feel that 1er* lo1e.hen it thirsts it #rinks e1en of #ea# . An# let to<#a* e+brace the past .0f ti+e *ou .aters. un#i1i#e# an# pacelessA B?T if in *our thought *ou +ust +easure ti+e into seasons.hat is e1il but goo# torture# b* its o.atch its flo.elling .ere#: 0f the goo# in *ou ' can speak. /ho a+ong *ou #oes not feel that his po.n hunger an# thirstA 6eril* . an# +o1ing not fro+ lo1e thought to lo1e thought. is to<#a*Ds #rea+. let each season encircle all the other seasons. enco+passe# .

ith *ourself *ou are not e1il. &urel* the fruit cannot sa* to the root.hen *ou sleep . >ou are onl* loitering an# sluggar#. #ee+ing it kin#ness.an#er ai+lessl* a+ong perilous isles *et sink not to the botto+.ithout ru##er +a* .hen *ou stri1e to gi1e of *ourself.>0? are goo# .hen *ou go thither li+ping. an# *ou are not e1il . as recei1ing is a nee# to the root. But *ou . >et *ou are not e1il .ithout purpose.ift. >0? are goo# .hen *ou are not one . >et *ou are not e1il . >0? are goo# in countless . An# e1en stu+bling speech +a* strengthen a . 3or .hen *ou are not goo#. 3or a #i1i#e# house is not a #en of thie1es@ it is onl* a #i1i#e# house.hen *ou . >0? are goo# .ith bol# steps.4 3or to the fruit gi1ing is a nee#.ar#.hile *our tongue staggers .ith *ourself. 4Be like +e. "1en those .ho li+p go not back.a*s.eak tongue. see that *ou #o not li+p before the la+e.hen *ou stri1e for gain *ou are but a root that clings to the earth an# sucks at her breast.ho are strong an# s. >et *ou are not e1il .hen *ou are one . An# a ship . >0? are goo# . .alk to *our goal fir+l* an# . ripe an# full an# e1er gi1ing of *our abun#ance.hen *ou are full* a.ake in *our speech. >et .hen *ou seek gain for *ourself.

ho+ sa1e in pra*er *ou +a* not +eet. But in so+e of *ou that longing is a torrent rushing .iftness to the turtles. . 4/herefore are *ou slo. 'N *our longing for *our giant self lies *our goo#ness: an# that longing is in all of *ou.hen *our soul su++ons *ou to pra*er. sa*ing: >ou pra* in *our #istress an# in *our nee#@ .ho longs little. she shoul# spur *ou again an# *et again. though . /hen *ou pra* *ou rise to +eet in the air those .eep .4 An# he ans.eeping. Therefore let *our 1isit to that te+ple in1isible be for naught but ecstas* an# s.ho longs +uch sa* to hi+ .hat is pra*er but the e!pansion of *our self into the li1ing etherA An# if it is for *our co+fort to pour *our #arkness into space.Pit* that the stags cannot teach s. an# haltingA4 3or the trul* goo# ask not the nake#.ere#. 4/here is *our gar+entA4 nor the houseless.oul# that *ou +ight pra* also in the fullness of *our jo* an# in *our #a*s of abun#ance.ho are pra*ing at that 1er* hour. 4&peak to us of Pra*er. carr*ing the secrets of the hillsi#es an# the songs of the forest. until *ou shall co+e laughing.ning of *our heart.ith +ight to the sea. an# . An# if *ou cannot but .eet co++union. An# in others it is a flat strea+ that loses itself in angles an# ben#s an# lingers before it reaches the shore. 4/hat has befallen *our houseA4 0N P7A>"7 T8"N a priestess sai#. it is also for *our #elight to pour forth the #a. But let not hi+ . 307 .

est our nee#s before the* are born in us: 4Thou art our nee#@ an# in gi1ing us +ore of th*self thou gi1est us all. to pra* in .ho are born of the +ountains an# the forests an# the seas can fin# their pra*er in *our heart. 4't is th* urge in us that . 't is enough that *ou enter the te+ple in1isible. 4't is th* #esire in us that #esireth. ' %ANN0T teach *ou ho.or#s sa1e . into #a*s.hich are thine.illeth.or#s. An# ' cannot teach *ou the pra*er of the seas an# the forests an# the +ountains. .ho art our . Go# listens not to *our .ill in us that . . 4/e cannot ask thee for aught. . An# if *ou but listen in the stillness of the night *ou shall hear the+ sa*ing in silence: 40ur Go#.hen 8e 8i+self utters the+ through *our lips.oul# turn our nights.hich are thine also.4 0N P$"A&?7" .3or if *ou shoul# enter the te+ple for no other purpose than asking *ou shall not recei1e: An# if *ou shoul# enter into it to hu+ble *ourself *ou shall not be lifte#: 0r e1en if *ou shoul# enter into it to beg for the goo# of others *ou shall not be hear#. for thou kno. it is th* .inge# self. But *ou .

ith regret like . pleasure is a free#o+<song. 't is the cage# taking . But it is not their fruit. ' . An# ' fain . .oul# ha1e the+ seek.ere all. 8a1e *ou not hear# of the +an .ho . an# the* are ju#ge# an# rebuke#. . &peak to us of Pleasure.oul# ha1e *ou sing it . But regret is the beclou#ing of the +in# an# not its chastise+ent. But it is not free#o+. but not her alone@ &e1en are her sisters.oul# not ju#ge nor rebuke the+. in 1er* truth. sa*ing: Pleasure is a free#o+<song. 't is a #epth calling unto a height.ith fullness of heart@ *et ' .ing. ca+e forth an# sai#.ere#. &0=" of *our *outh seek pleasure as if it . ' . 3or the* shall fin# pleasure.rongs co++itte# in #runkenness. But it is not space enco+passe#. A*e. 't is the blosso+ing of *our #esires. The* shoul# re+e+ber their pleasures . But it is not the #eep nor the high. an# the least of the+ is +ore beautiful than pleasure.T8"N a her+it. An# he ans.oul# not ha1e *ou lose *our hearts in the singing.ith gratitu#e.as #igging in the earth for roots an# foun# a treasureA AN( so+e of *our el#ers re+e+ber pleasures .ho 1isite# the cit* once a *ear.

48o.hich *ou can trouble .e #istinguish that . shall . But e1en in their foregoing is their pleasure. or the firefl* the starsA An# shall *our fla+e or *our s+oke bur#en the .A "1en *our bo#* kno.hich is not goo#A4 Go to *our fiel#s an# *our gar#ens.eet +usic fro+ it or confuse# soun#s.ith a staffA 03T"NT'="& in #en*ing *ourself pleasure *ou #o but store the #esire in the recesses of *our being.oul# the har1est of a su++er. AN( there are a+ong *ou those . An# *our bo#* is the harp of *our soul. >et if it co+forts the+ to regret.er to *iel# its hone* to the bee.in#A Think *ou the spirit is a still pool . *ou ask in *our heart.ith Cui1ering han#s. An# it is *ours to bring forth s.ill not be #ecei1e#. An# thus the* too fin# a treasure though the* #ig for roots .s but that . AN( no.ho is he that can offen# the spiritA &hall the nightingale offen# the stillness of the night.as the* . . . lest the* neglect the spirit or offen# against it.s its heritage an# its rightful nee# an# . /ho kno. an# *ou shall learn that it is the pleasure of the bee to gather hone* of the flo. let the+ be co+forte#.ho are neither *oung to seek nor ol# to re+e+ber@ An# in their fear of seeking an# re+e+bering the* shun all pleasures.aits for to<+orro. .hich see+s o+itte# to #a*.er. But tell +e. But it is also the pleasure of the flo.hich is goo# in pleasure fro+ that .

4Beaut* is of soft .n glor* she . be in *our pleasures like the flo.4 T8" tire# an# the . 0N B"A?T> AN( a poet sai#. shall *ou speak of her e!cept she be the .3or to the bee a flo. 48er 1oice *iel#s to our silences like a faint light that Cui1ers in fear of the sha#o. an# ho.4 But the restless sa*. 4/e ha1e hear# her shouting a+ong the +ountains. shall *ou fin# her unless she herself be *our .. 4&he speaks in our spirit.er. An# to both.alks a+ong us. &peak to us of Beaut*. the gi1ing an# the recei1ing of pleasure is a nee# an# an ecstas*.ers an# the bees. 4Beaut* is kin# an# gentle. P"0P$" of 0rphalese.ere#: /here shall *ou seek beaut*. An# to the flo.er a bee is a +essenger of lo1e. 4$ike the te+pest she shakes the earth beneath us an# the sk* abo1e us.a* an# *our gui#eA An# ho.ear* sa*. 4$ike a *oung +other half<sh* of her o. bee an# flo.4 An# the passionate sa*.hisperings. . An# he ans. beaut* is a thing of +ight an# #rea#.er is a fountain of life.ea1er of *our speechA T8" aggrie1e# an# the injure# sa*. 4Na*.

4An# . But *ou are life an# *ou are the 1eil.hen life un1eils her hol* face. an# the beating of .. >et in truth *ou spoke not of her but of nee#s unsatisfie#. Beaut* is eternit* gaBing at itself in a +irror. 4Beaut* shall rise .<boun#. But *ou are eternit* an# *ou are the +irror.ith the spring leaping upon the hills.oul# hear.inter sa* the sno.ithin the furro.e sa. beaut* is life .ith the autu+n lea1es. nor a . But rather a heart infla+e# an# a soul enchante#. .in#o.4 'N .oul# see nor the song *ou .4 AT night the . an# . 't is not the i+age *ou . 4&he shall co+e . 't is not a +outh thirsting nor an e+pt* han# stretche# forth.e# bark.ing attache# to a cla.4 An# at noonti#e the toilers an# the .4 All these things ha1e *ou sai# of beaut*. But rather a gar#en for e1er in bloo+ an# a flock of angels for e1er in flight. P"0P$" of 0rphalese.ith the #a.4 An# in the su++er heat the reapers sa*. But rather an i+age *ou see though *ou close *our e*es an# a song *ou hear though *ou shut *our ears. 4/e ha1e seen her leaning o1er the earth fro+ the .a*farers sa*.n fro+ the east.ith her cries ca+e the soun# of hoofs.s of the sunset. a #rift of sno.atch+en of the cit* sa*. An# beaut* is not a nee# but an ecstas*.ings an# the roaring of lions. 't is not the sap . in her hair. 4/e ha1e seen her #ancing .

n to #a.ings that beat through space fro+ self to self.in#o.n.ears his +oralit* but as his best gar+ent . or his belief fro+ his occupationsA /ho can sprea# his hours before hi+. sa*ing. An# he .on#er an# a surprise e1er springing in the soul.ho+ . but a .s are fro+ #a. >0?7 #ail* life is *our te+ple an# *our religion.ho .in#o. 4This for Go# an# this for +*self@ 4This for +* soul an# this other for +* bo#*4A All *our hours are ..4 An# he sai#: 8a1e ' spoken this #a* of aught elseA 's not religion all #ee#s an# all reflection. The freest song co+es not through bars an# .hile the han#s he. 4&peak to us of 7eligion.0N 7"$'G'0N AN( an ol# priest sai#.ill tear no holes in his skin. An# he to . the stone or ten# the loo+A /ho can separate his faith fro+ his actions. has not *et 1isite# the house of his soul . .in# an# the sun .orshipping is a .ere better nake#.ho #efines his con#uct b* ethics i+prisons his song<bir# in a cage.hich is neither #ee# nor reflection. The . e1en . An# that . to open but also to shut.ires. 8e .hose .

ith *ou *our all. shall *ou fin# it unless *ou seek it in the heart of lifeA The o.alking in the clou#. then rising an# . AN( if *ou . An# take . An# look into space@ *ou shall see 8i+ . 0N ("AT8 T8"N Al+itra spoke. the secret of #eath.i#e unto the bo#* of life.ers.hose night<boun# e*es are blin# unto the #a* cannot un1eil the +*ster* of light.er than *our failures. outstretching 8is ar+s in the lightning an# #escen#ing in rain.oul# kno.a1ing 8is han#s in trees. . be not therefore a sol1er of ri##les.oul# ask no. The things *ou ha1e fashione# in necessit* or for #elight.er than their #espair. open *our heart . Take the slough an# the forge an# the +allet an# the lute. But ho.4 An# he sai#: >ou . 'f *ou .oul# in#ee# behol# the spirit of #eath. 3or in re1erie *ou cannot rise abo1e *our achie1e+ents nor fall lo. 4/e . >ou shall see 8i+ s+iling in flo.oul# kno./hene1er *ou enter into it take . of (eath. sa*ing.l . Go#. 7ather look about *ou an# *ou shall see 8i+ pla*ing .ith *our chil#ren.ith *ou all +en: 3or in a#oration *ou cannot fl* higher than their hopes nor hu+ble *ourself lo.

then shall *ou trul* #ance.ear the +ark of the kingA >et is he not +ore +in#ful of his tre+blingA 307 . An# .hen he stan#s before the king . Trust the #rea+s. 's the shepher# not jo*ful beneath his tre+bling. >our fear of #eath is but the tre+bling of the shepher# .4 .hen *ou #rink fro+ the ri1er of silence shall *ou in#ee# sing. e1en as the ri1er an# the sea are one.hat is it to #ie but to stan# nake# in the .le#ge of the be*on#@ An# like see#s #rea+ing beneath the sno.as e1ening. then *ou shall begin to cli+b. An# Al+itra the seeress sai#. 4Blesse# be this #a* an# this place an# *our spirit that has spoken. it . An# . for in the+ is hi##en the gate to eternit*. *our heart #rea+s of spring.hen the earth shall clai+ *our li+bs.hose han# is to be lai# upon hi+ in honour.3or life an# #eath are one. that it +a* rise an# e!pan# an# seek Go# unencu+bere#A 0N$> . T8" 3A7"/"$$ AN( no.hat is it to cease breathing but to free the breath fro+ its restless ti#es. that he shall .in# an# to +elt into the sunA An# . 'N the #epth of *our hopes an# #esires lies *our silent kno.hen *ou ha1e reache# the +ountain top.

But shoul# +* 1oice fa#e in *our ears.ith a richer heart an# lips +ore *iel#ing to the spirit . An# he reache# his ship an# stoo# upon the #eck. begin no #a* . $ess hast* a+ ' than the . /e . then ' .An# he ans.an#erers.ere#.ho spokeA /as ' not also a listenerA T8"N he #escen#e# the steps of the Te+ple an# all the people follo. the .ith the ti#e.here . e1er seeking the lonelier .in# bi#s +e lea1e *ou. An# not in 1ain . B7'"3 . ' G0 . but not #o.hile the earth sleeps .or#s +ore kin to *our thoughts. that truth shall re1eal itself in a clearer 1oice. an# +* lo1e 1anish in *our +e+or*. an# it is in our ripeness an# our fullness of heart that . /e are the see#s of the tenacious plant.e tra1el.or#s ' ha1e spoken. an# the greater silence enfol# +e. An# . *et ' +ust go.ill ' seek *our un#er stan#ing.a*. 'f aught ' ha1e sai# is truth.in#. ' shall return .ill ' speak.e ha1e en#e# another #a*@ an# no sunrise fin#s us . an# briefer still the . >ea.n into e+ptiness@ . *et again . An# facing the people again. An# though #eath +a* hi#e +e.here sunset left us.e are gi1en to the .in#.in# an# are scattere#.ith the . an# in .ill co+e again.e# hi+. /as it ' .ere +* #a*s a+ong *ou.ill ' seek. "1en . he raise# his 1oice an# sai#: People of 0rphalese. people of 0rphalese.

as upon +* face.s@ 8e in . =anDs nee#s change. ' kne.n in rain. An# oftenti+es ' . . but not his lo1e. ' +irrore# the su++its in *ou an# the ben#ing slopes. An# to +* silence ca+e the laughter of *our chil#ren in strea+s. 't . An# in behol#ing hi+ that ' behel# *ou an# lo1e# *ou.An# if this #a* is not a fulfill+ent of *our nee#s an# +* lo1e.eeter still than laughter an# greater than longing ca+e to +e. an# e1en the passing flocks of *our thoughts an# *our #esires. *our jo* an# *our pain. An# *our heart<beats .ere +* #rea+s. *ou all. an# ' kne. then let it be a pro+ise till another #a*.a* at #a.ere in +* heart. 't is in the 1ast +an that *ou are 1ast.ho+ *ou are all but cells an# sine..n.as the boun#less in *ou@ The 1ast +an in . An# not unlike the +ist ha1e ' been.hen the* reache# +* #epth the strea+s an# the ri1ers cease# not *et to sing. An# . an# +* spirit has entere# *our houses. an# in *our sleep *our #rea+s . lea1ing but #e. Kno. shall rise an# gather into a clou# an# then fall #o. an# *our breath .hose chant all *our singing is but a soun#less throbbing. an# the longing of *our *ouths in ri1ers.alke# in *our streets. A*e. The +ist that #rifts a. in the fiel#s. B?T s. 'n the stillness of the night ' ha1e . nor his #esire that his lo1e shoul# satisf* his nee#s. that fro+ the greater silence ' shall return. therefore.as a+ong *ou a lake a+ong the +ountains.

*et. .ith apple blosso+s is the 1ast +an in *ou. An# like the seasons *ou are also.siness an# is not offen#e#. An# though in *our .hat e!pectations an# . but the goo# in us. To +easure *ou b* *our s+allest #ee# is to reckon the po.eakest link. An# though hea1*<groun#e# ships a. *ou cannot hasten *our ti#es.3or . e1en like an ocean. *ou are like an ocean. This is but half the truth. his fragrance lifts *ou into space.ait the ti#e upon *our shores. e1en like a chain. reposing . 48e sa. Think not ' sa* these things in or#er that *ou +a* sa* the one to the other. 8is +ight bin#s *ou to the earth.hat #istances can lo1e reach that are not in that 1ast sphereA /hat 1isions.inter *ou #en* *our spring. >ou are also as strong as *our strongest link.ithin *ou. 48e praise# us .er of ocean b* the frailt* of its foa+. A>". *ou are as .hich *ou *oursel1es kno. >ou ha1e been tol# that. To ju#ge *ou b* *our failures is to cast bla+e upon the seasons for their inconstanc*. s+iles in her #ro. in thought. . an# in his #urabilit* *ou are #eathless.ell.hat presu+ptions can outsoar that flightA $ike a giant oak tree co1ere# .4 ' onl* speak to *ou in . >et spring.eak as *our .or#s of that .

or# kno. These +ountains an# plains are a cra#le an# a stepping<stone.or#less kno.as up. /'&" +en ha1e co+e to *ou to gi1e *ou of their .ithout kno.ing.hich is greater than .ail the .ho+ for gol#en pro+ises +a#e unto *ou faith *ou ha1e gi1en but riches an# po.ell thereupon. be.er an# glor*.hat is .or#s are .is#o+.hen the earth kne. of .a1es fro+ a seale# +e+or* that keeps recor#s of our *ester#a*s. 't is life in Cuest of life in bo#ies that fear the gra1e. T8"7" are no gra1es here. 6eril* *ou often +ake +err* . 0T8"7& ha1e co+e to *ou to . &urel* there is no greater gift to a +an than that . An# of nights .rought . an# *ou shall see *oursel1es an# *our chil#ren #ancing han# in han#.ar#. $ess than a pro+ise ha1e ' gi1en. an# *et +ore generous ha1e *ou been to +e.hen earth . >ou ha1e gi1en +e +* #eeper thirsting after life.is#o+.le#geA >our thoughts an# +* . 't is a fla+e spirit in *ou e1er gathering +ore of itself.le#ge but a sha#o.ithering of *our #a*s.hich turns all his ai+s into parching lips an# all life into a fountain. not us nor herself. An# in this lies +* honour an# +* re.is#o+: An# behol# ' ha1e foun# that . hee#less of its e!pansion.An# . /hene1er *ou pass b* the fiel# .ith confusion. An# of the ancient #a*s . /hile *ou.here *ou ha1e lai# *our ancestors look .<< . ' ca+e to take of *our .

but not gifts.ith +* o. coul# ' ha1e seen *ou sa1e fro+ a great height or a great #istanceA 8o.hile ' #rink it. not that *ou gi1e at all.ages. Too prou# in#ee# a+ ' to recei1e .hene1er ' co+e to the fountain to #rink ' fin# the li1ing .That . AN( so+e of *ou ha1e calle# +e aloof.n aloneness. 6eril* the kin#ness that gaBes upon itself in a +irror turns to stone. 8o.eet to +* +outh an# gir#le# +* sleep .4 True it is that ' ha1e cli+be# the hills an# .oul# ha1e ha# +e sit at *our boar#.ater itself thirst*@ An# it #rinks +e . An# a goo# #ee# that calls itself b* ten#er na+es beco+es the parent to a curse.hen *ou . 48e sits alone on hill<tops an# looks #o. An# *ou ha1e sai#. >et it .ith 1isionsA 307 this ' bless *ou +ost: >ou gi1e +uch an# kno.as not *our lo1ing +in#fulness of +* #a*s an# +* nights that +a#e foo# s. can one be in#ee# near unless he be farA . An# slept in the portico of the te+ple . 48e hol#s council . but not .hen *ou . An# though ' ha1e eaten berries a+ong the hills . an# #runk .ith +en.oul# gla#l* ha1e sheltere# +e.alke# in re+ote places. &0=" of *ou ha1e #ee+e# +e prou# an# o1er sh* to recei1e gifts.ith the trees of the forest.n upon our cit*.

as also the hunte#@ 3or +an* of +* arro.ith this belief an# this kno.le#ge of *ou.ine.n that ' sought but the secret of *our jo* an# *our pain.n .as a turtle.ithin *our bo#ies. an# the* sai#: 4&tranger.ar+th . not in . >ou are not enclose# .hich is *ou #. That .s left +* bo.ings .n breast. B?T the hunter . 4(escen# an# appease *our hunger .here eagles buil# their nestsA 4/h* seek *ou the unattainableA 4/hat stor+s .or#s.h* #.ith our brea# an# Cuench *our thirst . nor confine# to houses or fiel#s.ell *ou a+ong the su++its . . upon the earth .oun# that ' +ight ha1e the greater belief in *ou an# the greater kno.as also the creeper@ 3or . stranger.hen +* .hat 1aporous bir#s #o *ou hunt in the sk*A 4%o+e an# be one of us.le#ge that ' sa*. 4An# . An# ' the belie1er .as also the #oubter@ 3or often ha1e ' put +* finger in +* o. 't is not a thing that cra.ith our .AN( others a+ong *ou calle# unto +e.ere their solitu#e #eeper the* .alk the sk*. lo1er of unreachable heights.ere sprea# in the sun their sha#o.in#.oul# ha1e kno. An# ' hunte# onl* *our larger sel1es that .oul# *ou trap in *our net. An# the flier .ells abo1e the +ountain an# ro1es . onl* to seek +* o.4 'n the solitu#e of their souls the* sai# these things@ But .ith the . AN( it is .ls into the sun for .

oul# hear no other soun#.hispering of the #rea+ *ou .or#s. is concei1e# in the +ist an# not in the cr*stal. that built *our cit* an# fashione# all there is in itA %oul# *ou but see the ti#es of that breath *ou .ho kno.ell. '3 these be 1ague .s but a cr*stal is +ist in #eca*A T8'& . An# the cla* that fills *our ears shall be pierce# b* those fingers that knea#e# it.hich none of *ou re+e+ber ha1ing #rea+t. but not their en#.oul# cease to see all else.hich see+s +ost feeble an# be. An# . >et *ou shall not #eplore ha1ing kno.oul# ha1e *ou re+e+ber +e as a beginning. an# all that li1es.or #igs holes into #arkness for safet*. a spirit that en1elops the earth an# +o1es in the ether. An# ' fain . then seek not to clear the+.il#ere# in *ou is the strongest an# +ost #eter+ine#. nor #o *ou hear. 's it not *our breath that has erecte# an# har#ene# the structure of *our bonesA An# is it not a #rea+ . The 1eil that clou#s *our e*es shall be lifte# b* the han#s that . . $ife.oul# ' ha1e *ou re+e+ber in re+e+bering +e: That . An# *ou shall see.o1e it. An# *ou shall hear. 6ague an# nebulous is the beginning of all things. B?T *ou #o not see. an# it is . An# if *ou coul# hear the . But a thing free.n blin#ness.

' a+ rea#*.e shall keep. at the full sails an# no. An# *ou shall bless #arkness as *ou . No. .ho ha1e hear# the choir of the greater sea.ell. an# +* longing shall gather #ust an# foa+ . 't is closing upon us e1en as the .as gi1en us here . the* too ha1e hear# +e patientl*.ait no longer. 3orget not that ' shall co+e back to *ou. the pilot of his ship stan#ing b* the hel+ an# gaBing no.s. people of 0rphalese.ater<lil* upon its o. A little . /hat . is the captain of +* ship.n to<+orro. o1er patient. the* shall . This #a* has en#e#. 3A7" *ou .hile.oul# bless light.nor regret ha1ing been #eaf.e co+e together an# together stretch our han#s unto the gi1er. then again +ust . The strea+ has reache# the sea. an# he sa.. A3T"7 sa*ing these things he looke# about hi+. 3or in that #a* *ou shall kno.in# blo.aits +* silence. An# if it suffices not. at the #istance. an# restless are the sails@ "1en the ru##er begs #irection@ >et Cuietl* +* captain a. An# he sai#: Patient. An# these +* +ariners. The . an# once +ore the great +other hol#s her son against her breast. the hi##en purposes in all things.

an# .hile. gaBing after the ship until it ha# 1anishe# into the +ist. An# . an# ' of *our longings ha1e built a to.ar#.in#. The noonti#e is upon us an# our half . &0 sa*ing he +a#e a signal to the sea+en.eighe# anchor an# cast the ship loose fro+ its +oorings.hile.er in the sk*. 3A7"/"$$ to *ou an# the *outh ' ha1e spent .er in the sk*. A little . But no.e +et in a #rea+. an# it rose into the #usk an# . an# the* +o1e# east.ilight of +e+or* .as but *ester#a* .a* the* . an# another .in#. 't . our sleep has fle# an# our #rea+ is o1er.aking has turne# to fuller #a*.hen all the people . An# a cr* ca+e fro+ the people as fro+ a single heart.o+an shall bear +e. 0nl* Al+itra . 'f in the t.n. . re+e+bering in her heart his sa*ing: 4A $'TT$" .all. An# if our han#s shoul# +eet in another #rea+ . an# another .e shall buil# another to.4 "n# of this Project Gutenberg of Australia eBook .as silent.for another bo#*. an# straighta. >ou ha1e sung to +e in +* aloneness.as carrie# out o1er the sea like a great tru+peting. a +o+ent of rest upon the .e shall speak again together an# *ou shall sing to +e a #eeper song. a +o+ent of rest upon the .e shoul# +eet once +ore. an# it is no longer #a.e +ust part.ere #isperse# she still stoo# alone upon the sea<.o+an shall bear +e.ith *ou.

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