Extract from Birth Centenary offering1
Deshabandhu was the only one
Whose soul was Subhas Chandra’s
And whose heart was Subhas Chandra’s
For eight months
Subhas was with Deshabandhu
In the same jail.
The closer he became,
The deeper grew his love and admiration
For his mentor.
The saying “Familiarity breeds contempt”
Was, for him and also for others
Who subscribed to his view,
Nothing short of absurdity.
DBF 17. Extract from Birth Centenary offering. As a prayerful offering on the occasion of the Birth Centenary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on 23rd January 1997, and the forthcoming 50th Anniversary of India’s Independence that same year, Sri Chinmoy wrote a book entitled Mother, Your 50th Independence-Anniversary! I Am Come. Ever in Your Eternity’s Cries and Your Infinity’s Smiles, Subhas. Chapter four of that book is devoted to the relationship between Subhas Chandra and Chitta Ranjan. Subhas accepted Deshabandhu as his political Guru.↩