The river cannot go back – Khalil Gibran

The River Cannot Go Back by Kahlil Gibran

“It is said that before entering the sea
a river trembles with fear.
She looks back at the path she has traveled,
from the peaks of the mountains,
the long winding road crossing forests and villages.
And in front of her, she sees an ocean so vast,
that to enter there seems nothing more than to disappear forever.
But there is no other way.
The river can not go back.
Nobody can go back.
To go back is impossible in existence.
The river needs to take the risk of entering the ocean
because only then will fear disappear,
because that’s where the river will know
it’s not about disappearing into the ocean,
but of becoming the ocean”

May we inspire from this poem towards our quest for spiritual advancement – may we become Bodhisattvas – Fearless Lion Hearts in giving of ourselves without expecting anything back

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