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Of Gibran Khalil Gibran

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So here it is! I translated an excerpt from Gibran Khalil Gibran for you.

Hope it gives you a reason to smile 🙂

‘Do not entertain the half-lovers, do not befriend the half-friends, do not indulge in works of the half-talented, do not live a half-life, and do not die a half-death, do not choose a half-solution, do not stand in the half-truth, do not dream a half-dream, do not hold on to a half-hope, if you’re silent, then be silent until the end, and if you speak.. then speak until the end, do not say it in silence, and do not speak to be silent.

If you’re satisfied express your satisfaction, do not fake a half-satisfaction, and if you refuse then express your rejection for a half-rejection is acceptance.. half is a life you haven’t lived, and it’s a word you haven’t said, it’s a delayed smile, a love you didn’t reach, a friendship you didn’t know.. Half is what makes you a stranger to the closest people to you, and it’s what makes the closest people to you estranged from you. Half is that you get there or not, that you work or not, that you’re absent and that you’re present.. Half is you, when you are not yourself.. for your didn’t know who you are, half is not knowing thyself.. and who you love is not your other half.. who you love is you in another place at the same time. A half-drink will not quench your thirst, and a half-meal will not satiate your hunger, a half-way will get you nowhere, and a half-idea is vain, half is the moment of your helplessness, and you are no helpless, for you are not a half-being. You are a being brought to live the life, and not to live a half-life, the truth of a being is not what is shown, but what cannot be shown, as such.. if you want to know one, do not listen to what is said.. but to what is not being said.

Poetry

‘Ana Insan’ ~ ‘I am a human being’

And here’s the original text, for those of you who can read in Arabic, it certainly has a deeper flavor.

“لا تجالس أنصاف العشاق، ولا تصادق أنصاف الأصدقاء، لا تقرأ لأنصاف الموهوبين،لا تعش نصف حياة، ولا تمت نصف موت،لا تختر نصف حل، ولا تقف في منتصف الحقيقة، لا تحلم نصف حلم، ولا تتعلق بنصف أمل، إذا صمتّ.. فاصمت حتى النهاية، وإذا تكلمت.. فتكلّم حتى النهاية، لا تصمت كي تتكلم، ولا تتكلم كي تصمت.

إذا رضيت فعبّر عن رضاك، لا تصطنع نصف رضا، وإذا رفضت.. فعبّر عن رفضك،
لأن نصف الرفض قبول.. النصف هو حياة لم تعشها، وهو كلمة لم تقلها،وهو ابتسامة أجّلتها، وهو حب لم تصل إليه، وهو صداقة لم تعرفها.. النصف هو ما يجعلك غريباً عن أقرب الناس إليك، وهو ما يجعل أقرب الناس إليك غرباء عنك.

النصف هو أن تصل وأن لاتصل، أن تعمل وأن لا تعمل،أن تغيب وأن تحضر.. النصف هو أنت، عندما لا تكون أنت.. لأنك لم تعرف من أنت، النصف هو أن لا تعرف من أنت.. ومن تحب ليس نصفك الآخر.. هو أنت في مكان آخر في الوقت نفسه.

نصف شربة لن تروي ظمأك، ونصف وجبة لن تشبع جوعك،نصف طريق لن يوصلك إلى أي مكان، ونصف فكرة لن تعطي لك نتيجة النصف هو لحظة عجزك وأنت لست بعاجز.. لأنك لست نصف إنسان

أنت إنسان وجدت كي تعيش الحياة، وليس كي تعيش نصف حياة ليست حقيقة الإنسان بما يظهره لك.. بل بما لا يستطيع أن يظهره، لذلك.. إذا أردت أن تعرفه فلا تصغي إلى ما يقوله .. بل إلى ما لا يقوله.

Namaste

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The Diatomist

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THE DIATOMIST is a short documentary about Klaus Kemp, master of the Victorian art of diatom arrangement.

Diatoms are single cell algae that create jewel-like glass shells around themselves. Microscopists of the Victorian era would arrange them into complex patterns, invisible to the naked eye but spectacular when viewed under magnification.The best of these arrangements are stunning technical feats that reveal the hidden grandeur of some of the smallest organisms on Earth. Klaus Kemp has devoted his entire life to understanding and perfecting diatom arrangement and he is now acknowledged as the last great practitioner of this beautiful combination of art and science. THE DIATOMIST showcases his incredible work.

Soundtrack by Ryuichi Sakamoto, Bernard Herrmann and Cults Percussion Ensemble.

MATTHEW KILLIP is an English filmmaker living in New York. His documentaries have been broadcast on UK television and exhibited in festivals including Sundance and True/False.

Inseparable

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‘O Beloved, we are locked in friendship with You.
Wherever You may step, we are the ground for You.
In the religion of Love it isn’t allowed
to see the world through You and not see You.’

Rumi, InseparableInseparable

Consciousness

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‘That which we are accustomed to calling ‘consciousness’ could be defined as the meeting place, the focal point at which all the representatives of our psychic and physical organisms have agreed to convene. (…) You can compare consciousness to a screen on which everything that takes place within a human being is projected. (…) It is essential, therefore, that human beings should be instructed in Initiatic Science so as to become masters of their own consciousness and not allow themselves to be swayed by all the forces and currents that flood to them from every corner of the world, nor even by those rising from their own subconscious. Every single thing that exists possesses some form of consciousness and, depending on its level of evolution, that consciousness is more or less distant from the body. The distance between physical reality & consciousness is greatest in the mineral realm, this is why the minerals are in a state of inertia. With plants, and even more so with animals, consciousness is closer to the physical being. And, the consciousness of a human being dwells within him, and this is why he is a thinking being.’

Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov

Excerpt from Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov’s Man’s Psychic Life: Elements & Structures.

 

Namaste

Social Media manual

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They say that people on social media fake it all the time, making their lives look better & arousing envy & jealousy. But it doesn’t have to be this way. By that I mean, the level we choose to sink, or rise into. Social media & every other kind of media could be used intelligently/consciously, & not only emotionally &mentally, by sharing and helping filter & circulate information, art & knowledge from around the globe.
All these tools, it is said, all are for the best of humanity. Now what use we make of it, which suffix we choose, use-ful, use-less, is our call really. But you see, if we don’t come together as one, with trust, acceptance, empathy & surrender to one another, we will never be able to rise as one collective community. That will happen the day we stop letting it out on one another, while driving, while walking, while waiting in line, when we stop mirroring our frustrations & anger aiming towards spiritual evolution instead of mental & intellectual devolution, when we start valuing our neighbor’s best interest before our own, when we decide on making a gift to someone, anyone & everyone, just like that, we simply felt an overflow of joy that had to be shared & communicated to another entity. That’s the day, friends, where heaven would have reached this earth.
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Namaste

The heart & the intellect

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‘The intellect works on the level of objective facts and it possesses fifty percent of the truth. And yet, considering its relatively greater importance, the heart, that is to say one’s feelings, what one actually experiences, should have more than fifty percent, because it is far more important to ‘live’ something rather than to learn it or read it in a book. Life is more important than learning. You can, of course, learn many things with your intellect, but they remain superficial and theoretical, they don’t touch the depth of your being. The things you learn intellectually are recorded in your brain, but on a superficial level, so they can be very quickly wiped out: one day they leave and you simply forget them. Look at all the things you have already forgotten about the books you have read. And yet, at one time they were recorded in your brain! Yes, but only on the surface. and whatever remains on the surface can very easily be erased. And now compare that book-learning with something that you actually experienced, something that you have felt and tasted deep down: whatever else happens to you in life this is something you can never forget. It is impossible. Why? Because it is recorded at a much deeper level, at the very heart of your being. (…) The secret of true intelligence is to understand, to feel and then to act in accordance with that broad, deep inner grasp of reality, with that deep feeling that cannot lie.’

Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov

Excerpt from Man’s Psychic Life: Elements and Structures

Out into the world Nothing feel pray to love

love & death

Namaste