- Hi, Doris!
When your life takes a new turn, you often leave your old friends, if they cannot respect or appreciate what you are doing. Such was the case with me. I used to have a "best friend", and both of us were agnostics, meaning we doubted the existence of God. But actually I think he was more of an atheist, meaning he had taken a strong stance in denying the existence of God....
Anyhow, when I first saw Sri Chinmoy, I felt and saw God's Light, and it changed my life...in a matter of minutes, without uttering a word, Sri Chinmoy changed my life.
My "friend" was so adamantly atheist, he did not even want me to say "Sri Chinmoy" in his presence. So I inwardly said, "Oh yeah? See you later!"...and I never turned back.
Now I have new friends, who value the spiritual practice of prayer and meditation.
So I guess that is the determining factor. If an old friend can appreciate or even accept your new aspiration-life, why not keep he friendship? But if you feel the inner call to a higher, deeper, more fulfilling life, and your old friend is not friendly to it, you must follow your soul's delight....
- Yes, it is all so true, what you are saying Kamalakanta. I too did have another "good friend" who believed the media more than me and my own firsthand experience with Sri Chinmoy. This "friendship" also ended overnight. But in my heart of hearts those people are still my friends.