October 07, 2008
It was a dark night of the soul that triggered a most fortunate collaboration – fortunate for Hajjar Gibran in that it set him on the spiritual path that became his life’s work, and fortunate for us in that it brings back in a modern context the same mellifluous poetry of the spirit that touched our hearts when we first read The Prophet by Khalil Gibran. Hajjar went into a tailspin of drugs and despair in the years following his brother’s tragic death. He began to have visions of a figure he later recognized on the cover of a book his mother gave him at his lowest ebb. It was his great uncle Khalil Gibran who became his mentor, inspiring Hajjar to discover his life’s purpose and explore the mysteries of existence.
Hajjar’s candid narrative of his often-painful missteps and his triumphs is punctuated by the profound and loving words of his great-uncle. The inspired writing that flows from Hajjar’s pen has the same beauty, insight, and wisdom given form by his great-uncle 85 years ago – and even the same style. Hajjar’s story, presented with candor and grace, epitomizes the struggle of the human condition, while the reassuring words of his great-unclepoint beyond inner peace to the limitless potential that is our birthright, if we will but dare to grasp it.