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Pertapa dan Binatang Liar (The Hermit and The Beasts) – Kahlil Gibran

Karya: Kahlil Gibran

PERTAPA DAN BINATANG LIAR
Karya: Kahlil Gibran

Suatu hari tinggallah seorang pertapa di bukit hijau. Ia memiliki jiwa yang suci dan hati yang tulus. Hewan-hewan di darat dan semua burung di udara datang kepadanya berpasang-pasangan untuk belajar dari sang Pertapa. Dengan takzim mereka mendengarkan kalimat-kalimat bijak yang muncul dari mulutnya.

Mereka terus berada di dekat pertapa sampai larut malam, hingga pertapa itu menyuruh mereka pergi, dan memercayakan mereka pada angin dan pohon-pohon supaya memberi mereka keselamatan.

Suatu sore ketika ia sedang berbicara tentang cinta, seekor harimau mengangkat kepalanya dan berkata pada sang Pertapa, “Tuan, engkau berbicara pada kami tentang mencintai. Katakan pada kami, di mana istri tuan?”

Dan si pertapa berkata, “Aku tidak punya istri.”

Kumpulan binatang liar dan burung-burung itu terkejut dan kemudian berteriak. Mereka mulai berbicara sesama mereka, “Bagaimana ia bisa berbicara tentang cinta dan istri bila ia sendiri tidak memiliki istri?”

Lalu mereka meninggalkan si pertapa sendirian dengan perasaan kecewa.

Malam itu sang Pertapa berbaring di atas alas tidurnya dengan kepala menelungkup, dan ia menangis sambil memukuli dadanya.

Kahlil Gibran
Buku: Sang Pengelana (1932) – Kahlil Gibran


THE HERMIT AND THE BEASTS
By: Kahlil Gibran

Once there lived among the green hills a hermit. He was pure of spirit and white of heart. And all the animals of the land and all the fowls of the air came to him in pairs and he spoke unto them. They heard him gladly, and they would gather near unto him, and would not go until nightfall, when he would send them away, entrusting them to the wind and the woods with his blessing.

Upon an evening as he was speaking of love, a leopard raised her head and said to the hermit, “You speak to us of loving. Tell us, Sir, where is your mate?”

And the hermit said, “I have no mate.”

Then a great cry of surprise rose from the company of beasts and fowls, and they began to say among themselves, “How can he tell us of loving and mating when he himself knows naught thereof?” And quietly and in distain they left him alone.

That night the hermit lay upon his mat with his face earthward, and he wept bitterly and beat his hands upon his breast.

Kahlil Gibran
Book: The Wanderer (1932) – Kahlil Gibran

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