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Gibran Khalil Gibran... By Dr. Hadi Eltonsi

Sun 05 Apr 2020 | 10:22 AM
By Dr. Hadi Eltonsi, Retired Ambassador and Medical Doctor

A caring, idealistic, dedicated, educated, dedicated mother asked her child: Where are your wings, my angel? He replied that they were "broken wings", and that was later the title of one of the most important books of the poet-writer, painter.

A child who suffered from cruelty and ferocity, and his drunk father ignoring before his imprisonment for corruption. His book on "rebellious spirits", was on the situation lived until the beginning of the twentieth century in Lebanon, dominated then by the Church and feudalism.

He used to tend to perfection, so we’re his books "The Prophet" and "Gardens of the Prophet" included among others, but that was not only the result of silent contemplation in his ancient town, Mount Lebanon, between the sound of the wind, the splendor of snow, the rain showers, the mountain glory, the smells of trees and the fragrance of flowers, lights, colors, and changing shadows and lights between mountains, meadows, valleys, rivers, and human faces.

Rather, it was the result of a broad knowledge of the old myths, religions, romantic and mystical philosophies, and the writings of Plato, Da Vinci, Voltaire, Rousseau, Shakespeare, many poets, photographers, and The painters, and before that the great pain of the death of his mother from whom he inherited her character, and who after the imprisonment of the father emigrated with her children to Boston; that great pain that has long made the pioneers of thought, art, and civilization.

Thus, Gibran Khalil Gibran emigrated, then returned, then emigrated, and his study was between America, Beirut, and Paris, to which a female American sponsor sent him to study drawing after his talent attracted attention, but his ambition and human tendency went beyond the field of drawing to human literature that was translated into a hundred and ten languages ​​mentioned in museums and institutes on the continents of the world until nearly a century after his death, hence he became a beacon for humanity, who contained everyone in his heart and filled his conscience with love and his being with the fullness of humanity.

Gibran Khalil Gibran taught us that love only gives from itself, does not take but from itself, and does not possess, nor be possessed, and directs you if you are worthy of it, and that pure giving transcends the motives of joy, sorrow, and duty, and not to be satisfied with half solutions and attitudes. He taught us that the half is the moment of impotence, and you are not half, but a whole person, and that the houses are dark until the mother wakes up, and it is the strength in weakness, consolation in sadness, and hope in despair, and that the rich are the ones who need the least, and that silence is a language and a winning weapon in the appropriate time, and that the human being is the essence, and that trust is the highest level of love because it makes you give without hesitation, and that weakness is part of humanity, and that the great persons were made by pain that left scars on them.

Much was known about Gibran through his romance correspondence with Mai Zeyada, which lasted twenty-seven years until his death, and his statements that your beloved is not your other half but it is the whole you in another place at the same time.

The depth, transparency, and maturity of Gibran's personality and encyclopedic culture were not limited exclusively to mere judgment and ideals that he organizes in poetry, romantic and philosophical writings, and the expressive lines of his paintings, but rather as he addressed issues of freedom, foreign domination, tyranny, religious institutions, the civil state, and politicization of Religion, persecution, poverty, corruption, oppression, women, love, freedom of choice, the right to difference and tolerance.

Gibran's reputation as usual for the famous Arabs was more starting in America in which he died on 1931, and more than in the Arab countries, even though he lived in the spirit of the East, and that the ideas of his issues and his commandments are still in need until our time, and although he was Maronite and wrote against the Ottoman rule, which according to his estimation, denounced and killed a quarter of a million Maronites, but he said that he is of eastern Lebanese identity, and wrote a message to Muslims that he loves Islam and his Prophet and his glory, and that he loves with his heart Jesus and Muhammad, and he wishes that Islam would prevail over the internal enemies so that his country would not fall into the hands of the West.

And he warned the nation, from leaving religion to sects, and from enduring grievances and laziness from lack of production, and from hypocrisy and tyranny.

He said, "You are my brother, and I love you ... I love you kneeling in your mosque and bowing in your synagogue and praying in your church. You and I are the sons of one religion, which is the soul, and the leaders of this religion are fingers attached to the hand of the all mighty that indicates the perfection of the soul."

As if he felt the constant need for his universal humanity, Gibran recommended that on his grave it would be written “I am alive like you, and I am now standing next to you; close your eyes and turn around; you see me in front of you.” 

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