Monday, November 4, 2013

Death by Kahlil Gibran

When Kahlil Gibran speaks on "Death"

You would know the secret of death.
But how shall you find it unless you seek it in the heart of life?
The owl whose night-bound eyes are blind unto the day cannot unveil the mystery of light.
If you would indeed behold the spirit of death, open your heart wide unto the body of life.
For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.

Siti Nuraida (in yellow dress), my youngest sister @ sibling no. 9, second youngest passed away in 1998

In the depth of your hopes and desires lies your silent knowledge of the beyond;
And like seeds dreaming beneath the snow your heart dreams of spring.
Trust the dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.
Your fear of death is but the trembling of the shepherd when he stands before the king whose hand is to be laid upon him in honour.
Is the shepherd not joyful beneath his trembling, that he shall wear the mark of the king?
Yet is he not more mindful of his trembling?

2002, February my late mother followed with my late father in October joined my sister

For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun?
And what is it to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?

2005, my late mother in law death took my breath away

Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing.
And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb.
And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.

Late grandmother shortly followed my mother-in-law
2010, my eldest brother, stand in the center died due to health condition

Remarks: The first sorrow in my family was when my late sister, aged 18 died due to long years of sickness. I still remember the eternity journeyed due to extreme pain in my heart when we traveled back for her funeral. When Allah called for my mother, I was weeping inside the plane next to my brother till after her funeral but my sibling presence comforted me when it was time to bury our late father in the same year. My heart was almost ripped from my body when my mother-in-law passed away in 2006. The pain was unbearable, thus, my husband let me work abroad to search for myself. I was able to control my emotion when my late grandmother left the world but was so scared to see my eldest brother, the one who love me so much in 2010, hence, I make sure that I arrived when his funeral was over. I was a coward. Now, for the rest of my life I wanted to be ready whenever beloved Allah calls for me. 

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