Act V, Scene 1

(A palace. The King, Queen and Princess are together.)

KING: The great spiritual Master Gorakshanath is all love and compassion. Everybody is full of appreciation, admiration and adoration for him. Not only his own disciples, but also those of other Masters have tremendous devotion for him. Even people who care nothing for the spiritual life have tremendous admiration for him. You know that I, too, have become a very great admirer of his.

QUEEN: Had you been an ordinary king, you would have been extremely jealous of Gorakshanath, and perhaps would have banished him from your kingdom. But instead, you are not at all jealous of his name and fame or of his great influence. For a long time I have also been his admirer, but how can we ourselves go to this spiritual man? Perhaps it is my pride, but after all, we are the King and Queen.

KING: Yes, and at the same time, I feel it is not right to send a messenger to such a great spiritual man asking him to come to me. This predicament has been bothering me for a long time, but now I have come to realise that since we are hungry for peace, light and bliss, we should go to this Master. Although I have wealth and worldly power, although my subjects appreciate me, admire me and flatter me, I have no peace of mind. I am always worrying about my enemies who may attack my kingdom. And no matter how much material wealth I amass, I do not get any satisfaction from it. I have no inner joy and no inner peace. My beloved Queen, I think we must go to Gorakshanath. He will be the answer.

QUEEN: If you think so, my dearest King, I shall go with you. Daughter, sweet daughter, would you like to come with us?

PRINCESS: No, Mother. I think this Gorakshanath must be a crazy man. I don’t want to go to a crazy man. You can go; I won’t go with you.

QUEEN: No, he is not crazy; he is very great. He has many, many spiritual disciples, and he is extremely good and kind. He has realised God, and he can take others to God.

PRINCESS: I don’t believe in God. I don’t need God. If you and Father believe in God and realise God, that will be more than enough for me. You share with me everything that you have. Now you are supplying me with material wealth, with love, with whatever I want. You give me everything I need. So if you gain spiritual wealth, I know you will be kind enough to share that with me too, as you are now sharing your other wealth. If you get anything, I know you will give me all I want and need.

QUEEN: All right, dearest child. We will not force you to come with us. You may stay here.

KING: Come, let us prepare to leave now. Her mind is made up.

PRINCESS: Wait! I want to come with you after all.

KING: Why this sudden change of mind, my daughter? Well, whatever the reason, you have made both of us very happy.

(Exeunt omnes.)

Sri Chinmoy, Matsyendranath and Gorakshanath: two spiritual lions.First published by Agni Press in 1974.

This is the 129th book that Sri Chinmoy has written since he came to the West, in 1964.

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