(Sonali sobs as she speaks about her relationship with her brother) Me and my brother never remained connected with each other. We could never form that bond that siblings cherish. And when he came in here, to the 24th Advait Learning camp, I hugged him; and that was the first time that I hugged him in my entire life. This is just not so normal in between us. It isn’t that I didn’t want to hug him before or there were no opportunities to hug, there were a bundle of them, but the hug never happened.
Yesterday, Sampada Ji (one of the fellow camp participants) asked me that why it took you 25 years to hug him, to come close to him?
And I had no answer.
I am hoping that after going back from here we may remain close to each other.
I love him (her tears do not stop); we both do (sobs in pain). But we are unable to express and share it.
It might appear that we are really close to each other; taking care of small-small things like food, health, we keep on asking to each other about these. But, there is a long gap in between us. I have felt that.
I try a lot to remove this gap but (she softly slaps her brother on his cheeks, gesturing love for him) he never expresses his love, never gives a response.
But I know that it’s just the 3rd day and the camp has started to reduce this gap; I could hug him yesterday. It’s like coming here is giving wings to your relationships. I have felt that.
Thank you, Acharya Ji. (smiles in tears)
Editor’s Note: Sonali expressed her love for her brother in one of the reflection sessions at 24th Advait Learning Camp, Mukteshwar.
It is no coincidence that she got close to her brother in just two days of the camp. Advait Learning Camps have always helped in seeing how one relates with the world and hence have better relationships.
It got reflected in her life.
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