Bidding Farewell

“… How shall I go in peace and without sorrow? Nay, not without a wound in the spirit shall I leave this city.

Long were the days of pain I have spent within its walls, and long were the nights of aloneness; and who can depart from his pain and his aloneness without regret?

Too many fragments of the spirit have I scattered in these streets… and I cannot withdraw from them without a burden and an ache.

It is not a garment I cast off this day, but a skin that I tear with my own hands.

Nor is it a thought I leave behind me, but a heart made sweet with hunger and with thirst.

Yet I cannot tarry longer.

The sea that calls all things unto her calls me, and I must embark.

For to stay, though the hours burn in the night, is to freeze and crystallize and be bound in a mould.

… Ready am I to go, and my eagerness with sails full set awaits the wind.

Only another breath will I breathe in this still air, only another loving look cast backward,
Then I shall stand among you, a seafarer among seafarers.
And you, vast sea, sleepless mother,
Who alone are peace and freedom to the river and the stream,
Only another winding will this stream make, only another murmur in this glade,
And then shall I come to you, a boundless drop to a boundless ocean.”

from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

5 thoughts on “Bidding Farewell

  1. Hello,
    Hi! Just found you through a search engine on the website.
    Interesting to know that you are joining a Krishnamurti school after completing B.Tech in ECE from Kerala.
    Congratulations on your career.
    I did a similar thing 10 years back, left MS (Engg.) after B.Tech in GEC, Thrissur to join a Krishnamurti school in Chennai. Worked in KFI school for 8 years and now working with instructional designing in a elearning company for 2 years.
    Do come to the chennai K school as well when u have time. You will find an interesting group of teachers here.
    Would be interested and willing to share with you the challenges of a K school plus anything you would like to discuss with a mind little similar to your thoughts.
    All the best in your career. Teaching in a K school is utmost satisfying and challenging as well.
    Bye
    Vijaykumar

    1. Hi Vijaykumar,

      Thank you so much for dropping by and leaving a comment! Nice to know about your experience. Will get in touch with you sometime.

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