I BELIEVE IT! I BELIEVE IT!
But to digress for a moment, there seems to be a difference between East and West in their conception of love. Do you know what Swami Vivekananda did once? There was a confrontation between him and a padre, a church minister. I don't know whether he was English or American but he was a Westerner. They were traveling in a train somewhere in the United States.
The clergyman asked Vivekananda: "You're from India?"
"Oh," he said, "we have heard that India is the land of spirituality."
"It is so, the land of the flowers of the Lord."
The clergyman replied: "Do you mean to say that we do not love the Lord here?"
"You do love the Lord. But there are differences between people in loving the Lord. There are people who belittle love because they do not know how to love."
And so the discussion went on and on, whether God is to be loved as the people of the India love Him, or whether He is to be loved as in the West where He is more revered than loved and forgotten when there is no need of Him. Vivekananda tried his best to bring out these points with the clergyman, but finally his patience was exhausted.
He opened the door of the moving train whilst it was passing over a long bridge and, catching hold of the churchman, said forcefully: "Do you believe in what I say or not? If not, I will throw you out of the compartment!"
"What are you doing? Wait, wait! I believe it! I believe it!"
Then Vivekananda said: "That is how the love of God is in the West."
OVER THE YEARS WITH MEHER BABA, p. 52, ed. Bill Le Page
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