The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran.

You may wonder what this is about. The Prophet is not a book on naturism. Of course you knew that already but I just added it for clarity.

Still, there is something about this book that intrigues me because it points out a lot of things that many people, also these days, seem to have forgotten. There is a particular part in the book that I want to highlight here.

On Clothes.

And the weaver said, “Speak to us of Clothes.”
And he answered:
Your clothes conceal much of your beauty, yet they hide not the unbeautiful.
And though you seek in garments the freedom of privacy you may find in them a harness and a chain.
Would that you could meet the sun and the wind with more of your skin and less of your raiment,
For the breath of life is in the sunlight and the hand of life is in the wind.
Some of you say, “It is the north wind who has woven the clothes to wear.”
But shame was his loom, and the softening of the sinews was his thread.
And when his work was done he laughed in the forest.
Forget not that modesty is for a shield against the eye of the unclean.
And when the unclean shall be no more, what were modesty but a fetter and a fouling of the mind?
And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.

prophet01Let’s look at this more closely:
Your clothes conceal much of your beauty, yet they hide not the unbeautiful.

This is something extremely powerful. In this part the Prophet explains that clothes aren’t an adornment to the human body but more an obstruction to see the real person. And despite the clothes, no matter how beautiful they are, the personality of the wearer will be seen, noticed. If you’re not a nice person then clothes won’t change that.

And though you seek in garments the freedom of privacy you may find in them a harness and a chain.

Isn’t this just the truth? How many people hide inside their clothes so that they won’t be ‘seen’? And how many people feel trapped in there because they’re afraid to be seen?

prophet02Would that you could meet the sun and the wind with more of your skin and less of your raiment,
For the breath of life is in the sunlight and the hand of life is in the wind.

Who hasn’t heard of the benefits of sunlight on bare skin? Vitamin D, people, all you can eat and more. Just don’t get your bum burned. Nor your other spots.

Some of you say, “It is the north wind who has woven the clothes to wear.”
But shame was his loom, and the softening of the sinews was his thread.
And when his work was done he laughed in the forest.

Here is a very strong piece of text that shows how humans find excuses for wearing clothes. Yes. Shame. Shame is a powerful weapon for those who want to control the masses. Look at religion. There is a lot of shaming in there and if you’re sensitive to that you’ll cover yourself up.

Forget not that modesty is for a shield against the eye of the unclean.
And when the unclean shall be no more, what were modesty but a fetter and a fouling of the mind?

prophet03What is modesty these days? Covering up. This piece of text shows us who are the real unclean. It’s not us, the naturists. Not the people who want to be outside in the nude. The ones that hide behind their clothes are the unclean here, the ones who carry their shame as a sign of dignity. I find these sentences empowering. If someone like Kahlil Gibran states this…

And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.

Naturists want to live in harmony with nature.  The very word naturist already spells that out. If anything makes this happen, it’s what’s written in these last few words. Feel the earth with your bare feet. Know where you are and what you are walking on. Feel the wind in your hair. Feel nature. Identify with it. Be it.

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Naked greetings.

Paul

Khalil Gibran was a Lebanese-American artist and poet. He was born in the town of Bsharri in the Mount Lebanon Mutasarrifate, Ottoman Empire in 1881 and died in New York in 1931.

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  1. CarloMario May 23, 2016
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