Question: How can people who are very opposite be such good friends? Kailash and I are such opposites.

Sri Chinmoy: The obverse and the reverse of the same coin complement each other, like day and night. If there is night, then only can we appreciate day. If there were only day or only night, we would not value its good qualities. If you experience night, then you will appreciate light more, and if you experience light, then you will appreciate the opposite.

You are saying that in your outer nature you and Kailash are North Pole and South Pole. But in your inner nature both of you have a very strong bond. In your outer life both of you may be diametrically opposite, but in your inner life you have the same goals: marching, running, jumping, flying and diving. In the outer world some people can even be constantly at daggers drawn, while in the inner world they love each to such an extent that they are ready to die for each other. You and Kailash in the inner world are extremely intimate friends, although in the outer world you may not always see eye-to-eye. But even in the outer world you do see eye-to-eye. Only in your mental arguing perhaps both of you have different opinions.

Your name means the inner code of life, and his name means the aspiration-mountain at its highest height. If one does not have the inner code of life, inner faith, how can one go high? Again, the higher one goes, the more his inner faith increases. Height and faith are inseparable. Just because you have faith you go higher, and just because you want to go higher you have to increase your faith. So your soul’s name and his soul’s name also complement each other and need each other.

Sri Chinmoy, AUM — Vol.II-5, No. 5,6, May-June 27, 1978.First published by Vishma Press in 1978.

This is the 9132nd book that Sri Chinmoy has written since he came to the West, in 1964.


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