During an informal conversation, Sri Chinmoy recounts an incident in the life of spiritual Master Swami Vivekananda, whom he admired very much. Swami Vivekananda, after coming back to India from America, and his friend, the poet Rabindranath Tagore, were stranded in their relationship. (Eventually Swami Vivekananda and Tagore were reunited by Nivedita, one of Swami Vivekananda’s disciples.)
Sri Chinmoy describes a similar episode from his life, and how he endeavoured to and succeeded in reestablishing his friendship.
History is punctuated with such estrangements, as well as noble reestablishments. One famous friendship rebuilt was between the two authors and signers of the Declaration of Independence of the USA and presidents, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, who were reunited by a hint of goodwill from a common acquaintance who happened to visit both.
Excerpt from the interview:
“Those friends could not come to see me. Either [because] of jealousy or whatever… they don’t want to hear a word about me. Once upon a time, they were my dearer than the dearest friends. So I made a deliberate point to go and see them. … So he comes down, and his eyes were swimming in the sea of tears. Mine too. My God… the exchange of tears once more made us feel how close we are. … So, if there is something good in us, or good in others, the goodness is bound to prevail in the end. Indian motto says, ‘In the end, Truth will prevail.’ Goodness also will eventually prevail.“
– camera and/or edit by Mridanga Spencer, from Wisdom-Pearls from the Lips of a Master
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