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Ii ma 21st feb 2011

  1. 1. 21 st February 4 th Hour IGNOU SEMINAR HALL
  2. 2. THE PROPHET Part II
  3. 3. Recap <ul><li>Multi- Faceted personality- Gibran </li></ul><ul><li>Born in Lebanon and settled in New York </li></ul><ul><li>Romantic Mystic </li></ul><ul><li>Beauty, Truth and Freedom- His works celebrate </li></ul><ul><li>The Prophet is in the form of Question and answers. </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Prophet <ul><li>Set in Orphalese </li></ul><ul><li>Al Mustafa stays in Orphalese for twelve Years </li></ul><ul><li>Waiting for the Ship </li></ul><ul><li>Ship Arrives in the 12 th Year </li></ul><ul><li>In the seventh day of Ielool </li></ul><ul><li>The month of reaping </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Prophet <ul><li>People of Orphalese Sad over the leaving of Al Mustafa </li></ul><ul><li>Almitra asks Al Mustafa to give truth to the people of Orphalese before his departure </li></ul><ul><li>People ask one by one about the different aspects of life </li></ul>
  6. 6. Themes in Prophet Include… <ul><li>Love </li></ul><ul><li>Marriage </li></ul><ul><li>Children </li></ul><ul><li>Giving </li></ul><ul><li>Eating and Drinking </li></ul><ul><li>Work </li></ul><ul><li>Joy and Sorrow </li></ul><ul><li>Houses </li></ul><ul><li>Clothes </li></ul><ul><li>Buying and Selling </li></ul><ul><li>Crime and Punishment </li></ul><ul><li>Laws </li></ul><ul><li>Freedom </li></ul><ul><li>Reason and Passion </li></ul><ul><li>Pain </li></ul><ul><li>Self-Knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Friendship </li></ul><ul><li>Talking </li></ul><ul><li>Time </li></ul><ul><li>Good and Evil </li></ul><ul><li>Prayer </li></ul><ul><li>Pleasure </li></ul><ul><li>Beauty </li></ul><ul><li>Religion </li></ul><ul><li>Death </li></ul>
  7. 7. Characters Include… <ul><li>Al Mustafa </li></ul><ul><li>Almitra </li></ul><ul><li>A Woman with a Babe </li></ul><ul><li>A Rich Man </li></ul><ul><li>An Old Man- Inn Keeper </li></ul><ul><li>A Ploughman </li></ul><ul><li>A Woman </li></ul><ul><li>A Mason </li></ul><ul><li>A Weaver </li></ul><ul><li>A Merchant </li></ul><ul><li>A Judge </li></ul><ul><li>A Lawyer </li></ul><ul><li>An Orator </li></ul><ul><li>A Priestess </li></ul><ul><li>Another Woman </li></ul><ul><li>A Man </li></ul><ul><li>A Teacher </li></ul><ul><li>A Youth </li></ul><ul><li>A Scholar </li></ul><ul><li>An Astronomer </li></ul><ul><li>An Elder </li></ul><ul><li>Another Priestess </li></ul><ul><li>A Hermit </li></ul><ul><li>A Poet </li></ul><ul><li>An Old Priest </li></ul>
  8. 8. Structure of The Prophet <ul><li>People from all walks of Life Put question to the Prophet </li></ul><ul><li>He throws light on the different aspects </li></ul><ul><li>of life </li></ul><ul><li>It is in the form of Oration </li></ul>
  9. 9. Of Children <ul><li>A Woman with a babe asks to say of Children to Prophet </li></ul><ul><li>He says the role of Children </li></ul><ul><li>How should they be treated </li></ul><ul><li>How they should not be treated </li></ul><ul><li>Who are they? </li></ul>
  10. 10. Of Children <ul><li>Your children are not your children </li></ul><ul><li>Son’s and Daughter’s of life’s longing itself </li></ul><ul><li>Come through you not from you </li></ul><ul><li>They belong not to you </li></ul><ul><li>You may give them your love </li></ul><ul><li>Not thoughts </li></ul>
  11. 11. Of Children <ul><li>You may house their body not the souls </li></ul><ul><li>You may strive to be like them </li></ul><ul><li>Try not to make them like you </li></ul><ul><li>You are the bows </li></ul><ul><li>Your children arrows </li></ul><ul><li>Archer loves the arrow as well as the bow </li></ul>
  12. 12. Your Children Are Not Your Children <ul><li>Children are not mere possession of the parents </li></ul><ul><li>Parents are no the total owners of children </li></ul><ul><li>Parents should know that children have their individuality </li></ul>
  13. 13. Sons and Daughters of Life’s Longing Itself <ul><li>Parents do not long for children </li></ul><ul><li>Life longs for children </li></ul><ul><li>Life has got the longing to come in to the world </li></ul><ul><li>Children are the result of longing for life </li></ul><ul><li>Life wants to come to the world </li></ul>
  14. 14. Come Through You Not From You <ul><li>Parents are only the medium for the birth of the children </li></ul><ul><li>Parents are not the source of children </li></ul><ul><li>They help to bring the children to the world </li></ul><ul><li>They are not sole responsible for the birth </li></ul><ul><li>But they participate in birth </li></ul>
  15. 15. They Belong Not To You <ul><li>Though children are born through parents they do not belong to parents </li></ul><ul><li>The parents cannot force their will on their children </li></ul><ul><li>One should not have control over one’s children </li></ul><ul><li>They cannot be treated as slaves by the parents </li></ul>
  16. 16. Give Love <ul><li>Parents are free to love their children </li></ul><ul><li>They can shower affection </li></ul><ul><li>Beyond that the parents should not expect anything from their children </li></ul>
  17. 17. Don’t Give Your Thoughts <ul><li>Parents should not impose their thoughts on children </li></ul><ul><li>Children should be allowed to grow on their own </li></ul><ul><li>Parents should not impose their ideas on children </li></ul><ul><li>They have their individuality and personality </li></ul>
  18. 18. You May House Their Bodies Not the Souls <ul><li>Parents can provide shelter to their children </li></ul><ul><li>Physically they can provide shelter to children </li></ul><ul><li>But souls should not be held as a captive by the parents </li></ul><ul><li>Parents cannot provide spiritual shelter to their children </li></ul><ul><li>Their souls lie in the future it cannot be visited even in dreams </li></ul>
  19. 19. You May Strive to be Like Them <ul><li>Parents can be inspired by their children </li></ul><ul><li>They can try to imitate children </li></ul><ul><li>They can be like their children </li></ul>
  20. 20. Try Not to Make Them Like You <ul><li>Parents should not expect their children to act or behave like them </li></ul><ul><li>Parents should not make the children follow their ideals </li></ul><ul><li>They need not make a copy of them </li></ul><ul><li>Because life is a forward process </li></ul><ul><li>Children are for the future </li></ul><ul><li>So the past of the parents should not haunt them </li></ul>
  21. 21. You Are the Bows <ul><li>The image from Archery is used </li></ul><ul><li>Parents are compared with bows </li></ul><ul><li>Bows are used to launch arrows </li></ul><ul><li>Children come through parents </li></ul><ul><li>As bow shots arrow children are sent through parents </li></ul>
  22. 22. Your Children Are the Arrows <ul><li>The children are the arrows </li></ul><ul><li>They are launched to the path of infinite by the archer </li></ul><ul><li>It gives the idea that the children are come through parents not from parents </li></ul><ul><li>The initial idea is emphasized through the image of bow and arrow </li></ul>
  23. 23. Archer Loves the Arrow as well as the bow <ul><li>Archer may be the creator </li></ul><ul><li>He equally loves the bow and the arrow </li></ul><ul><li>Arrow Flies </li></ul><ul><li>Bow is stable </li></ul>
  24. 24. Summing Up <ul><li>Parents cannot Possess children </li></ul><ul><li>They cannot force their will on children </li></ul><ul><li>They are only the medium </li></ul><ul><li>They can provide shelter </li></ul><ul><li>But cannot give spiritual wisdom </li></ul><ul><li>Children are allowed to grow on their own </li></ul>
  25. 25. Important Quotes <ul><li>“ Your Children are not your Children.” </li></ul><ul><li>“They are the sons and daughter’s of life’s longing itself” </li></ul><ul><li>“ You may house their bodies but not their souls, </li></ul><ul><li>For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.” </li></ul>
  26. 26. Important Quotes <ul><li>“The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might, that His arrows may go swift and far” </li></ul>
  27. 27. To Be Continued