Scene 12

(The forest. Surya is searching for Sanjna.)

SURYA (seeing her at last): Forgive me, forgive me, my beloved Sanjna. I did not know that I was hurting you. Now my brilliance has diminished, and you shall suffer no more.

SANJNA: I always loved you, I love you still. But the brilliance of your light was killing me. That was the only reason I left you. I forgive you, my dearest husband. With all my heart I forgive you.

(Enter Vayu, Vishwakarma and the six children.)

SANJNA: Father, Father, you have saved us. We really loved each other. Surya loved me, and I loved him wholeheartedly. Only I could not bear his fiery presence. But now that you have taken away a little bit of his brilliance, I can live with him again. You have all my heart’s joy and gratitude. It is you, Father, who have given us this boon — to remain together, eternally one.

SURYA AND SANJNA (together): Father, we are all gratitude to you.

Sri Chinmoy, Supreme sacrifice, Sky Publishers, New York, 1973