the secret of immortality from a Sage who taught the Titans, and whose daughter Devayani fell in love with him._
The time has come for me to take leave, Devayani; I have long sat at your father's feet, but to-day he completed his teaching. Graciously allow me to go back to the land of the Gods whence I came.
You have, as you desired, won that rare knowledge coveted by the Gods;--but think, do you aspire after nothing further?
Nothing at all! Dive into the bottom of your heart; does no timid wish lurk there, fearful lest it be blighted?
For me the sun of fulfilment has risen, and the stars have faded in its light. I have mastered the knowledge which gives life.
Then you must be the one happy being in creation. Alas! now for the first time I feel what torture these days spent in an alien land have been to you, though we offered you our best.
Not so much bitterness! Smile, and give me leave to go.
Smile! But, my friend, this is not your native Paradise. Smiles are not so cheap in this world, where thirst, like a worm in the flower, gnaws at the heart's core; where baffled desire hovers round the desired, and memory never ceases to sigh foolishly after vanished joy.
Devayani, tell me how I have offended?
Is it so easy for you to leave this forest, which through long years has lavished on you shade and song? Do you not feel how the wind wails through these glimmering shadows, and dry leaves whirl in the air, like ghosts of lost hope;--while you alone, who part from us, have a smile on your lips?
This forest has been a second mother to me, for here I have been born again. My love for it shall never dwindle.
I don't think there r many people in this world who can review Gurudev's writing. We are very negligible to have the audacity to review him.
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