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Tuesday June 28, 2022

The Prophet: On Talking

The Prophet On Talking illustration Ashok Bhowmik
Let the voice within your voice speak. Illustration Ashok Bhowmik.

And then a scholar said, Speak of Talking.

And he answered, saying:

You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts;

And when you can no longer dwell in the solitude of your heart you live in your lips, and sound is a diversion and a pastime.

And in much of your talking, thinking is half murdered.

For thought is a bird of space, that in a cage of words may indeed unfold its wings but cannot fly.

There are those among you who seek the talkative through fear of being alone.

The silence of aloneness reveals to their eyes their naked selves and they would escape.

And there are those who talk, and without knowledge or forethought reveal a truth which they themselves do not understand.

And there are those who have the truth within them, but they tell it not in words.

In the bosom of such as these the spirit dwells in rhythmic silence.

When you meet your friend on the roadside or in the market place, let the spirit in you move your lips and direct your tongue.

Let the voice within your voice speak to the ear of his ear;

For his soul will keep the truth of your heart as the taste of the wine is remembered

When the colour is forgotten and the vessel is no more.

‘The Prophet’ is now in the public domain. Text reproduced from The Project Gutenberg Ebook

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Ashok Bhowmik
Ashok Bhowmik is an Indian artist born in Kolkata. He studied art at the prestigious Govt. College of Art & Crafts in Kolkata and later joined the same institution as a faculty member. He later joined Kala Bhavan, the art department of Biswa Bharati University in Santiniketan. He is now a resident of Santiniketan and spends his retirement in the cultivation of arts. His art reflects social and political themes.

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