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“Your life, my friend,
is a residence far away from any other
residence and neighbours.
Your inner soul is a home far away from
other homes named after you.
If this residence is dark,
you cannot light it with your neighbour’s lamp;
If it is empty you cannot fill it
with the riches of your neighbour;
Were it in the middle of a desert, you could not move it to a
garden planted by someone else…
Your inner soul, my friend,
is surrounded with solitude and seclusion.
Were it not for this solitude and this seclusion
you would not be you and I would not be I.
If it were not for that solitude and seclusion,
I would, if I heard your voice, think myself to be speaking;
Yet, if I saw your face, I would imagine that I were looking into a mirror.”
~ Khalil Gibran
Acharya Prashant: Poets have a way, of presenting the Truth. The way helps. The way is beautiful. But as happens with all ways to the Truth, the way itself is a bit of a hindrance to the destination.
What Khalil Gibran is saying here, is essentially very straightforward. The inner seclusion and solitude that he is talking of, is nothing, but your calm, peaceful, silent, immovable, center.
Seated at that center, with the calmness, the immovability, of the center, vested in the mind as well; the mind gains intelligence, the mind gains discretion.