Scene 10

(Nazareth. Several years later. Joseph is extremely ill. Mary is nursing him.)

JOSEPH: Mary, did you inform Jesus about my illness?

MARY: Yes, I did. Two months ago when sickness was entering into your body I asked an India-bound caravan to inform Jesus about your sickness.

JOSEPH: How long does it take for a caravan to reach India?

MARY: At least three months.

JOSEPH: Alas, even if he has heard about my sickness and even if he has left India...

MARY: It goes without saying that if he had heard about your illness he would have immediately left for home.

JOSEPH: But, my dear, it will take him three long months to reach us. You know quite well that my days on earth are very few.

MARY: No, I do not agree with you. You must stay on earth until our beloved son comes back.

JOSEPH: Who does not want that? But my life-boat is sinking fast. Jesus, my beloved son, my boat is sinking, but your boat will soon ply between the shores of earth’s excruciating pangs and Heaven’s ever-increasing Delight. I shall watch from Heaven with my soul’s boundless pride as your white-red boat sails towards the shores of my ever-transcending Beyond. Jesus, my son!

(Joseph closes his eyes and dies.)

Sri Chinmoy, The Son.First published by Agni Press in 1973.

This is the 30th book that Sri Chinmoy has written since he came to the West, in 1964.

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