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The voice in the wilderness

  • Anand Krishna

Jakarta   /   Sat, January 2 2010   /  12:58 pm

The "voice" is gone. And we are left with wilderness. Gus Dur, the voice that made the wilderness less terrifying, shall no longer be heard. His was the voice of hope, the voice that kept the flame of hope burning in many hearts. Alas, that voice is gone . And yet, on second thought, where can it go? The echo of each and every word he ever uttered shall remain here. Right here, with you and with me - with all of us. Back in 1998, when I first met him, it was Christmas morning right in the holy month of Ramadan. Sitting beside him, talking to him and exchanging notes. I realized the man, said to be blind, was actually the only one in the entire country who could see things as they were. He was the only man with sight living among us, the blind. I realized the man next to me was no ordinary man. He was a leader of an altogether different genre. He was a Sufi, a man of God. I...