Thursday, November 26, 2009

Love through his reminiscence…

"The human heart cries out for help; the human soul implores us for deliverance; but we do not heed their cries, for we neither hear nor understand. But the man who hears and understands we call mad, and flee from him."


Several years ago, in a beautiful land far away, a young girl names Selma had won the heart of a young man who had just stepped into his adolescence. Love can either be an indescribable catastrophe or an overwhelming spectacle. What is however evident is that by the end of it, love gives to man a lesson, good or bad, a lesson well learnt. So as I was saying, Selma had bounded our dear man with her irresistible beauty, her youthfulness and most importantly, her love. The man, who had already seen life through various perspectives, was beginning to analyze Selma through a way which he had done never before. He was falling in love with her in uncontrollable pace and before he knew it Selma had carved for herself a deep niche in his heart.

As their love grew with the progress of time, the highly repressive and despotic mentality of the Eastern Nations prevented their togetherness. The love they had for each other was completely looked over and differences of caste and creed were given paramount importance. Selma was married off to another man and the love which blossomed to be pure and unblemished with the hearts and minds of two souls was tainted and fouled by the minds of the evil society. The man, learnt his first lesson through this ignominy being caused to what was most dear to him – His love for Selma. The lesson he learnt was that attachment is perhaps the most hurtful of emotions man could adopt. Living in loneliness is a good thing, for when it is lost, man tends to gain everything. Howeve
r, living in attachment is bad, for when it is lost, man loses everything.


With this loss began the unfortunate story of a man who lived hoping that his death would sooner or later come and caress him. Now, the failure of his love, and the disaster that followed in his own life because of this very reason ruined the entire spirit of his existence. However, this failure is what led him to declare to the world certain messages which have always helped in giving people answers, whenever they arrive into a position which left our man broken and emptied. He mentioned once, that love gives not from itself and takes not for itself. His entire life was a quest, a search to find an answer to all those questions which were left unanswered when his love, Selma was married off to another man. Although he lived his life in deep sorrow and pain, he made sure, he would give to all his fellow beings an answer to questions he always had in his mind. Knowing, that one day everyone would fall in a similar position like his.

Kahlil Gibran, The multi faceted Lebanese Writer and Poet is the man being referred to in the above story. His life was no less than a very damaging catastrophe. A small incident which involved love, changed his life into an eternal search for answers to his incessant queries. His writings are today the most popular and widely read pieces of philosophical literature. Nonetheless, whatever he wrote, never brought peace and tranquility to his own mind. Kahlil Gibran died because of severe liver damage caused due to his alcoholism. One incident changed his life completely and this clearly shows, that human existence is nothing but a very mystifying maze. The world has been trying to seek answers and happiness through the sorrows of this one man, that is how funny human life is. And what was  the ultimate benefit Kahlil received by the end of it? a life being lead with Broken Wings.

11 comments:

phantom's wraith said...

Its strange how a simple emotion like love can make or mar a person. It can give you wings or make u a fanatic. Quoting from midsummer nights dream 'Lovers and madmen have such seething brains,
Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend
More than cool reason ever comprehends'

Kirti Mohan said...

that's exactly why I believe that life is a strange paradox...

Sakeena.B.M said...

Khalil Gibran! God i didnt realize when i was reading the story that, its about this great writer!! So, very well written Kirti. Reading this post made me wonder, for evryone this will be the "one" emotion that will promt us to start doing something different. For him, it was lost love, and i think each one of us have to find our's... :)

An awesome article! :)

Kirti Mohan said...

You're right Sakeena.. Love changes our ways in every possible way... :) welcome to my blog.. :)

Adi said...

I happen to have one of his books. Going to read it shortly. My mom speaks highly of him. Nice read :D

Kirti Mohan said...

incidentally, my mom too is the cause behind my inclination towards his writing. You should read "The Prophet" and "The Broken Wings". Both amazing works of fine literature. :)

sushma said...

Hey, I stumbled upon this blog by accident. Anyway, I see a lot of interesting stuff here. Kahlil Gibran is one of my favourites too. His book 'The Prophet' is undoubtedly a masterpiece.

Sushma Mohan

Kirti Mohan said...

Hey Sushma,

Yeah! I am a major fan of his works.. "Wings on Fire" and the "Prophet" are such wonderful pieces of literature! and his philosophy is so soothing.

Kirti Mohan said...

Hey Sushma,

Yeah! I am a major fan of his works.. "Wings on Fire" and the "Prophet" are such wonderful pieces of literature! and his philosophy is so soothing.

PeeCee said...

"Living in loneliness is a good thing, for when it is lost, man tends to gain everything. Howeve
r, living in attachment is bad, for when it is lost, man loses everything."

These lines are truly impressive.

Niveditha Narayanan said...

"The lesson he learnt was that attachment is perhaps the most hurtful of emotions man could adopt" - thank you, ive been trying to fathom this emotion for long.