231. The cave-life

I lived a cave-life
For meditation.
I shunned all my human friends
To gain my only eternal
And immortal Friend.

He came in and said:
“Son, your cave will suffocate me.
I want to live in your palace-life.
It will give me what I admire —
Oneness with the multitudes.”
Sri Chinmoy, The Wings of Light, part 5, Aum Press, Puerto Rico, 1974