On Khalil Gibran : Differentiate, Where There Really Are differences

Acharya Prashant
3 min readSep 21, 2019

In aloneness, in solitude, the poet is suggesting, that we are able to see the differences, and we are able to see the commonalities.

{Your inner soul, my friend,

is surrounded with solitude and seclusion.

Were it not for this solitude and this seclusion

you would not be you and I would not be I.

If it were not for that solitude and seclusion,

I would, if I heard your voice, think myself to be speaking;

Yet, if I saw your face, I would imagine that I were looking into a mirror.”} — Excerpts from a poem by Khalil Gibran.

We are able to see, that there is no Love without Freedom and Love and Freedom are one. Oh, they are one! Love and Freedom are One! Just the name is different. And we are able to see, that black and white are One, that the circle and the rectangle are One, that the victory and the loss are One, that the man and woman, that day and night are One.

The day and night are One, the man and woman are One, the child and the aging one are One. They are all One. There is no need to discriminate between them. When you don’t discriminate between them, you are said to be living in equanimity. But you must differentiate, between ‘this’ world, and ‘that’ world. The world of surrender, the world of wonderment, the world of innocence, the world of direct Truth.

Differentiate between all these mundane items and that world. Learn, to differentiate between that which is fleeting, and that which is dependable.

Learn to differentiate, between the ripples of the mind and the depth of the Heart.

And then another mistake is possible. That you start differentiating between, Truth and Simplicity. That is called, ‘conceptualization in the spiritual domain.’ You can write a book on Truth, and you can write a book on Simplicity. And you may write a book on Love and you may write a book on divinity. And it would start appearing as if you are talking of four different things. That is another mistake, that too must be avoided.

Spirituality is essentially, very simple.

Oh, the ways are many. But one