Please welcome the sage words of Harbans Khajuria, a great Indian thinker and writer, besides being a close spiritual friend of mine across the oceans. This beautiful poem is an homage to the redeeming power of an honest, affectionate and stimulating relationship.
This reproduction of the tableau called “Supper of Emmaus” by Caravaggio shows a total stranger arriving at a roadside tavern and chatting with Luke and Cleopas, two of Jesus Christ’s disciples. Cleopas extends his right arm to touch him and the left arm towards us–a visual challenge as the stretched arms go in and out of the frame of reference. Jesus Christ is appearing to buttress their wavering faith. After this encounter, he will vanish.
The messenger may leave but the message stays behind. The essence of true friendship.
We are lucky if we can claim a few good friends in life that make a real difference. Harbans is one of them for moi. Thank you for your unique friendship, caro Il Chiaro. Enjoy his writings.
When nothing significant works for us
Every door for coming out
We find closed fatefully
No course of action
Seems open for us naturally
A fellow comes to our succor
Opens with own helping hands
The closed doors ajar
And provides the possibility of openings for us
This alliance so supportive
To pull out of any state
That ‘time’ presents itself
For each other so caring
When the need arises.
Once amity is established
Then the friendship is further cemented
By the basketful of trust
Which gives the friendship
The stamp of permanency
This friendship could be between those who meet us daily
From beyond the borders, we have not traversed ever
Between. those whom we have not met any time personally
This thread of closeness is felt by us instinctively
Because the indelible stamp of the God is affixed on this friendship.