Myriam of Lebanon: A lyrical philosophy of ambiance steadfastly established on Gibran Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet

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An enriching 20th - 21st century work of original philosophical fiction ideal for throwing some light on various philosophical concerns of the individual; encouraging group discussion and inviting scholarly exploration.

In the introduction to Myriam of Lebanon the author says the following: “What greater honour can we bring to our teacher than to follow as closely as possible in his or her footsteps? In this way their spiritual fragrancy and intellectual refinement will always be us. My teacher among my teachers, Gibran Kahlil Gibran passed away seventy-five years ago this month. It was but last Friday, and I am saddened by the very thought of it. Only forty-eight, and in a hospital, and all alone too so far far away from his beloved hill country home of Bsharrī in Lebanon.”

The author continues: “I have been asking myself what can I do for my teacher that will give a life in continuity to his memory; a presence in my own day and a promise and a fulfilment for the future? The more I have thought about this, the more I have come to realise that it is not so much the memory of the man himself that I have to keep alive (for that is already well secured), but rather the light within the man and the way in which he cultured it to express profound insights into the mystery we call Life. This is what makes him my teacher, in that he teaches me a way among the myriad ways of how to let my light within to shine more wonderfully without.”

“For nigh on thirty years Gibran’s The Prophet,” he tell us, “has been with me. I have had it since my college days back on Éire [seminary days with the Missionary Society of St. Columban in Dalgan Park, county Meath] when I was first introduced to it while listening to a musical interpretation narrated by my fellow countryman the actor, singer and songwriter Richard Harris. It has been with me for my years of study and teaching in the Far East and the Middle East respectively. Whenever I have been in need of solace and inspiration, I have turned to it and found it to have a welcome for me.”

“Yet,” he says, “there was always something about it or perhaps even about me that prevented me somehow from experiencing its power at a deeper level. Strangely, it had at times the effect of even irritating me, and I would put it aside for days on end until it would call me back to again consider its words. I would then never be quite able to tell why it had irritated me so in the first place for now it would appear to be so profound and beautiful. I came to the conclusion that it must have something to do with me, for being an Irishman it is not easy to take being preached at, be it from the pulpit, podium or a text. There is something about our inherited makeup which makes it even more difficult for us to accept those who would talk ‘at’ us rather than those who would talk ‘with’ us. This aside, The Prophet has been my constant companion.” 

The work opens with: The Dawnsong Annunciation -  

“The Qadisha valley-spirit of Lubnan Mountain ever lives in inspiration; inspiration’s gateway being the issuer forth of ideas that nourish the needs of the times that be. Subtle she is almost like as if she were making no effort at all. Yet be she is most assuredly. Only those who lend themselves to patiently and reverently standing in dawns and twilights can begin to appreciate her profound generosity. Behold, hereupon is presented the Annunciation of the Qadisha valley-spirit of Lubnan Mountain, concerning Myriam the Beautiful; a fragrant scion from her upland groves. In this scroll herewith, it is written for all to read in refined contemplation, and joyful anticipation, a goodly and timely message.

My Myriam my Beloved, who is my dawn and my fulfilment unto her own day, had waited seven years in my city isle of Éirelese for her ship that was to return and bear her back to my Lebanon, my land of her birth. And in my seventh year, on my eight day of September, my month of reaping, she climbed my hill without my city walls and looked seaward; and she beheld her ship coming with my mist. Then my gates of her heart were flung open, and her joy flew far out over my sea. And she closed her eyes and prayed in my silences of her soul . . .”

These words express with a fine clarity the heart of the author’s vision of life: the image of an eternal universal ‘sentient’ spirit that becomes present to us ‘in particular places’ within our respective natural environments and cultures that we in our hearts may come to know ‘the Most Beloved’, and in this knowing to live accordingly with beauty in expression, freedom in thought and magnificence in work. In the same words, we get an idea of the eternal universal spirit’s presence in the world. Subtle she is almost like as if she weren’t even there. And also we are told that only those with a special kind of sensitivity can begin to appreciate her profound generosity. 

This unique work which is steadfastly established on Gibran Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet was debuted by the author and warmly received at an International Conference on Gibran held in Beirut in April 2006. Given the state that the world is in today, the author is of the strong opinion that a woman’s word would be more effective in bringing about a qualitative change, and even more warmly received by peoples of the world, and of his native Ireland, than say a man’s, especially, if she were perceived by them to be in every way exceedingly beautiful. The work Myriam of Lebanon has been his answer. It presents a philosopher-poetess called Myriam from the Phoenician port city of Byblos of the land of Lebanon who visits the isle of Éire/Ireland and while there shares of her profound wisdom. This work is intended to be a bright beacon of hope and strength for our times and beyond; a beautiful and endearing work born of the green fields of Ireland and the snow-capped mountains of Lebanon.

The fonts and page numbering in this ebook correspond to the 2007 hardback edition.

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About the author

Richard Mc Sweeney: Risteárd Mac Suibhne; Richard of Éire/Ireland is a self-designated Planet Earth philosopher of the natural kind; a self-originator who enjoys expressing his ideas and insights: his philosophical fiction* in a charmingly personal prose-poetic style.

* “Philosophical fiction: fictional literature that enjoys carefree-ly philosophising on anything it so wishes; on anything it so wishes without letting itself be bound by any philosophical system, logic or method.” RMcS

Being made available here in the Google Play Store is an anthology of 16 such works.

Richard has a Masters in Chinese Taoist Philosophy (Lao-Tzu & Chuang-Tzu) from Seoul National University which he gained through the mediums of Korean and Classical Chinese. He was also enrolled in the PhD programme for two years in the same department at SNU. He has a BA in Korean Language & Literature from Kyunggi University in Seoul and a Diploma in Philosophy & Arts from Saint Patrick’s College in Maynooth, County Kildare, Ireland. The latter he gained while being (for six years) a Catholic seminarian for the priesthood with the Missionary Society of St. Columban based in Dalgan Park, Navan, County Meath in Ireland.

He had been an expatriate in the Republic of Korea for thirteen years; in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for three years and a further three in the United Arab Emirates respectively. 

He is happily married to Sung-ja Lee of Seoul, Republic of Korea. Since 2001 they have been living in Ireland. Their son and daughter are also happily married and have children of their own.

His website is - Rivers2c.com.

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Publisher
Richard Mc Sweeney
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Google LLC
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Published on
Jan 25, 2021
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Pages
113
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ISBN
9781847536730
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Language
English
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Genres
Body, Mind & Spirit / Healing / Prayer & Spiritual
Fiction / General
Philosophy / General
Poetry / General
Religion / Eastern
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This content is DRM free.
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Eligible for Family Library

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