it must be an exchange. Too opulent, one-sided giving brings cynicism for the giver and the receiver alike. So we must learn how to accept the spiritual bounty and beauty of our neighbors and match it with the richness of our own spiritual meaning. Sometimes in India when people knew me well enough to trust me, they asked, “What does America expect to gain by making India as materialistic as she is?” Then I would see that we had given only one part of our gift. We had sent the object, but had not expressed the love which prompted it.
So that, it seems to me, is our task, which is coming into view over the horizon. We have to rescue our country from its misinterpretations, some merely ignorant and some malicious. We have to meet our neighbors on spiritual grounds. This cannot be