Gloom lurked in the silence between us, as Radhanath Swami and I sat facing each other, pondering, “What action to take?” His student, whom I also knew well, had grossly blundered, adversely affecting many lives. Now we expected her here, at any moment. In fixing an appointment with Radhanath Swami, either she was daring, or she had no qualms about her blunder.
Radhanath Swami broke the silence. “What should I tell her?”
Disgust stirred in my chest as I whispered, “You should not meet her.”
“That might be your approach. My love, however, is eternal. Even if one commits the most gruesome crime, my love for that person will not terminate, not even change. ” Radhanath Swami, narrowing his eyes, continued, “But then, that love I express in a different way.”
Just then, the lady entered with her parents. After thoroughly scolding her, Radhanath Swami concluded, “Until you genuinely repent for your mistakes, the doors of our Radhagopinath temple will remain closed for you. You won’t be allowed to participate in any of the temple festivals.” The meeting ended.
Four years passed. One day, when I met Radhanath Swami in the temple corridor, he spoke of a phone call from the lady’s parents. They had conveyed to him the heart-felt repentance of their daughter. Radhanath Swami asked me, “Should we allow her to come to the temple now?”
“You please decide.”
“I think we should allow her now,” Radhanath Swami declared.
In that scolding she received from Radhanath Swami, if the lady had felt anything but love, perhaps she would never even
think of returning.