Insight, Inspiration, Motivation

Good and Evil

I had a total block last week, until I read Khalil Gibran again. The prophet has been my all time favourite book – so I thought I’ll just share this incredible piece of wisdom here – and I’ll be easily forgiven for not coming up with something of my own!

Of the good in you I can speak, but not of the evil.
For what is evil but good tortured by its own hunger and thirst?
Verily when good is hungry it seeks food even in dark caves, and when it thirsts it drinks even of dead waters.

You are good when you are one with yourself.
Yet when you are not one with yourself you are not evil.
For a divided house is not a den of thieves; it is only a divided house.
And a ship without rudder may wander aimlessly among perilous isles yet sink not to the bottom.

You are good when you strive to give of yourself.
Yet you are not evil when you seek gain for yourself.
For when you strive for gain you are but a root that clings to the earth and sucks at her breast.
Surely the fruit cannot say to the root, “Be like me, ripe and full and ever giving of your abundance.”
For to the fruit giving is a need, as receiving is a need to the root.

You are good when you are fully awake in your speech,
Yet you are not evil when you sleep while your tongue staggers without purpose.
And even stumbling speech may strengthen a weak tongue.

You are good when you walk to your goal firmly and with bold steps.
Yet you are not evil when you go thither limping.
Even those who limp go not backward. But you who are strong and swift, see that you do not limp before the lame, deeming it kindness.

You are good in countless ways, and you are not evil when you are not good,
You are only loitering and sluggard.
Pity that the stags cannot teach swiftness to the turtles.

In your longing for your giant self lies your goodness: and that longing is in all of you.
But in some of you that longing is a torrent rushing with might to the sea, carrying the secrets of the hillsides and the songs of the forest.
And in others it is a flat stream that loses itself in angles and bends and lingers before it reaches the shore.
But let not him who longs much say to him who longs little, “Wherefore are you slow and halting?”
For the truly good ask not the naked, “Where is your garment?” nor the houseless, “What has befallen your house?”


February 14, 2011 - Posted by | Personal Journey, Psychology, Self Improvement


  1. Thank you for that amazing post!!!


    Comment by Karen Malone | February 15, 2011 | Reply

  2. An enlightening piece of wisdom meant to strengthen the strong, yet at times vulnerable human spirit. It is similar in thought to insights from another book I am currently reading, Louise L. Hay’s “You Can Heal Your Life”. Thanks for sharing this, Raji. Love your website. Keep in touch.
    Hugs – Carol


    Comment by Carol Weekes | February 17, 2011 | Reply

    • Thanks, Carol,
      Please do visit often. As I said, your opinion is highly valued and appreciated.


      Comment by kindlelife | February 17, 2011 | Reply

  3. There is SO much I’d like to say to this post. I will settle on one thing though, if we GET this, understand this and make it work in our lives….there would be no excuse for judgements, envy, pride, fears of failures etc.

    I think this post will be timely for so many people reading this. One would leave with a feeling of empowerment..that no matter who we are or where we are at in life, today we may be the fruit..tomorrow the root. Either way is good. Either way we learn. Either way we grow.


    Comment by Asha | March 27, 2011 | Reply

    • Thanks so much, Asha,
      That’s so true. We need constant reminders, though. I often catch myself!


      Comment by kindlelife | March 29, 2011 | Reply

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