Check out my The Prophet book summary and review  that I created to help you understand the basics of this great book.  El Profeta is a book written by author Gibran Jalil Gibran published in 1923 and first translated into Spanish by José Guraieb in

The Prophet book

 

The Prophet book summary

Eight years before his death a prophet leaves the town where he has lived and before leaving the people ask him to speak on certain topics, each of which forms a chapter of the book.

These themes are: love, marriage, children, giving, eating and drinking, work, joy and pain, houses, clothes, buying and selling, crime and punishment, laws, freedom, reason and passion, pain, knowledge, teaching, friendship, talk, time, good and bad, prayer, pleasure, beauty, religion and death .1

For example, regarding joy and pain he says: "When you are sad,  you will see that you cry, in truth, because of what was your delight."

Although the work is written as a simple dialogue between the prophet and the townspeople, the directives that Gibrán puts in his mouth invite him to reconsider the values, concepts, habits and customs of society,

 leading the reader towards an idea less individualistic and with a great sense of empathy with living beings, as well as the greater relevance of a spiritual layer that underlies all human actions.

His dialogue also invites us to evoke deeper themes such as that at his death the soul will leave his body and become part of that universal and divine sea:

"I cannot abandon them without sorrow and without pain. It is not a tunic that I take off today, but my own skin, which I tear with my own hands. And it is not a thought that I leave behind, but a heart, sweetened by hunger. and thirst. But I can stop no longer. The sea, which calls all things in its bosom, calls me and I must embark.

Its inspiration is probably the wisdom of the great masters, such as Jesus or Buddha, the Eastern religions, and above all currents of spirituality marked by a great mystical sense, such as Sufism, without losing resemblance to the animist beliefs of many tribes. and societies close to nature.

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