THE PROPHET TRILOGY
Kahlil Gibran and Jason Leen
Here is a book infused with a mystics vision of the Divine, in a story drawn from the sacred lore of the Middle East. Chronicling our true relationship to each other, to the earth and to God, it abounds with the distilled wisdom of one who has walked the sacred way and whose words illuminate our everyday, earthly existence with a radiant cosmic light. It is also a unique testimony to the existence of spirit to spirit communication. The spirit of renowned Lebanese poet, philosopher and artist Kahlil Gibran communicating with that of Virginia born author Jason Leen, who has been clairaudiant since childhood.
Gibran's poetic masterpiece The Prophet, which was widely popular in the sixties and seventies, inspired and informed many of us in our early spiritual seeking. With its exceptional poetic power, it lovingly helped reveal us to ourselves through the insightful and profound sayings of the mystic Almustafa, 'a dawn unto his own day'. It was the first book of a trilogy Gibran intended to write but never lived to finish. He died shortly after assembling the material for his second book in the series The Garden of the Prophet, which was later published by biographer Barbara Young. In The Prophet Trilogy they are united to form part one and two of the continuous story of Almustafas life and death. The final section of the book, entitled The Death of the Prophet having been transmitted to and written by Jason Leen.
The story of Almustafa is mythical in the true meaning of the word and it contains so much that parallels the teachings of the Christ. After several years seeking the light within himself in the countryside about the city of Orphalese, Almustafa is about to return to the land of his birth. Before departing he shares his spiritual insights about life with the people of the city and with Almitra, the young temple priestess. He reveals to them his insights into the higher meaning and purpose of human existence, of birth and death, children, marriage, joy and sorrow, labour and rest. Through the mouth of Almustafa, Gibran encourages us to yield willingly to the enfolding wings of love "though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you." Yet he reassures us that the process, painful though it may be at times, is essential to our spiritual growth, for it enables us to know the secrets of our own hearts and in so doing to "become a fragment of Life's heart." The narrative is enhanced by exquisite fluid drawings of embracing figures, swirling ethereal images, so symbolically expressive of mankinds intrinsic connection to the Divine.
In The Garden of The Prophet Almustafa returns to his native land and his former home. In the garden of his parents house he meets again with Karima, his souls sister and with other companions of his youth. Recognizing in him one whose mind and heart have been enlightened by the Divine, they willingly listen to his teachings as he speaks to them of mankinds higher relationship with the earth and the Larger Self. Once again Gibrans extraordinary poetic gift triumphs in the expression of timeless truths and a spiritual beauty that "was winged ere the beautiful was born on earth." In poetic narratives reminiscent of Cayces repeated reference to the Oneness of life and prophetic of todays scientific knowledge about the vibrational nature of all matter, Almustafa lauds the unity in all living things. Referring to a stone in the garden he says, "I say unto you that if you sound the depths of your soul and scale the heights of space, you shall hear but one melody, and in that melody the stone and the star sing, the one with the other, in perfect unison." Almustafa, having taught those who became his disciples about the Larger Self, then decides to take his teachings to the peoples of other lands. In the final section of this trilogy entitled The Death of The Prophet Jason Leen, who experienced an etheric manifestation from Gibran, through the character of Almitra the priestess, gives legitimate literary continuity and a dramatic, triumphant conclusion to the story of Almustafa.
After years of travelling to other lands, the Prophet, now "an evening unto his own day", returns once more to Orphalese and to his twin soul Almitra, the temple priestess, their spirits blending beneath the heavenly raiment of the stars. Here we are presented with the poetic perception of the ever present, the blessed Now, the moment of miracles, that transcends time and magically blends the deeds of yesterday with the dreams of tomorrow. In words and passages so expressive of Gibrans poetic vision, Leen also lovingly presents us with the truth that we are indeed the authors of our attitudes and actions and principle actors in the cosmic drama we have written for ourselves. Blessed by his presence, Almitras consciousness soars, allowing her to share in Almustafas vision that our mission here on earth is no less than to ascend the sacred mountain within, commune with the all loving source from which we came, and then gratefully and gracefully give of our abundance and our gifts to others.
Together they journey up into the mountains, spending time together in holy communion. Later, after returning to the lowlands, they assist at a birth of a child, which Almustafa describes as, "Light issuing from Light into Light." When several men of Orphalese come to him for guidance, he speaks to them now as a brother and encourages them to reclaim their own spiritual birthright, to seek the true Self above all else. However his teachings about the oneness of all life and the presence of God within and without upset the priests of Orphalese, whose authority and power are threatened by his words. They seize and imprison him, only to discover that he Divine power has freed him and a fellow prisoner from their cell. Further angered at finding him teaching again in the marketplace, they stone him to death. Yet Almustafa, following the example set by the Christ, forgives his executioners and willingly lays down his life. Before leaving the body he exhorts Almitra to remain true to the Light within herself and to keep the universal truths alive in the earth.
In so eloquently and painstakingly putting to paper the thoughts and words communicated to him, Jason Leen had been a faithful witness to and communicator of the divine consciousness that elevated the mind and heart of Kahlil Gibran. In The Prophet Trilogy, the man from Lebanons legacy of inspired art and literature lives on, transporting us into spiritual realms and ever informing us of our living relationship with a loving God.
Mark Finnan, Canadian Playwright & Actor
Other Interviews for THE PROPHET TRILOGY will be forthcoming.
The following Review for is for "THE DEATH OF THE PROPHET" This interview is for the third portion (book) within THE PROPHET TRILOGY.
THE DEATH OF THE PROPHET as remembered by Almitra and Channeled through Jason Leen" is a most unusual book - a continuation and completion by Leen of Kahlil Gibran's classic works "THE PROPHET" and THE GARDEN OF THE PROPHET." Gibran, the mystic Lebanese poet if said to have seen "THE PROPHET" as only the first of a trilogy which he felt he was called upon to deliver to earth. The first volume was to be concerned with relationships between man and man, the second, between man and nature, and the third, which Gibran said was to be called "THE DEATH OF THE PROPHET" was to concern relationship between God and Man. Gibran worked on "THE GARDEN OF THE PROPHET" until the very day of his death writing near the end " I go, but I go with a truth not yet voiced, that very truth will again seek me and gather men, through my elements be scattered through the silences of eternity, and again shall I come before you that I may speak with a voice born anew out of heart and those boundless silences.
"And if there be aught of beauty that I have declared not unto you, then once again, I shall be called, ay, even by my own name, Almustafa, and I shall give you a sign that you may know I have come back to speak all that is lacking, for God will not suffer himself to be hidden from man, nor His work to lie covered in the abyss of the heart of man."
According to Leen, this prophetic utterance by the Prophet Almustafa was fulfilled when Almitra, the priestess beloved of Almustafa, spoke to him and "channeled" Almustafa's message through him, guiding him to "the eternal fountain of truth." And the voice of Almitra, through the pen of Leen, "Guides" us through the pages of this book, sharing with us Almustafa's final days upon the earth. And those of us who have loved him will find our hearts renewed in that love as his words once again aid our ears to hear the sometimes silent songs of Life."
For readers who have read and loved the books of Gibran, especially his literary masterpiece "THE PROPHET,", this book will be a welcome and convincingly authentic conclusion to Gibran's Trilogy, for Almustafa speaks as persuasively and in an identical voice as he does in Gibran's recording of the wisdom of this profound Prophet.
Thelma Scott Kiser
Ashland Daily Independent