"Ramachandra sanga maange Narottama das" - one immortal friendship.
Devotee-friends are especially meant to be cherished. They give us the inspiration to prosper in our devotional life. How tedious life would be if we did not have ras-friends to share our rasik experiences !
Here 'friends' do not indicate 'acquaintances'. We all have a handful of acquaintances--those people with whom we work or see at the store and casually say hello to and move on. But a friend is someone you confide in, bring over for a quick snack-prasadam, break into impromptu kirtan, invite to your wedding, or cry with when a loved one passes away, and above all - share rasa-anubhutis.
You just feel a sense of safety with a friend. Don't wait until a rainy day to express how much a good friend means to you. Often we are unaware of how much we mean to others until they speak up, and likewise we never know how much another person might truly need to hear such affirmations. An approving, cheerful word of encouragement can thrill a heart. Be sure to always say kind words before you part, show sympathy during hard times and affection during wonderful ones. Life would not be the same without positive friendships. Let's express our gratitude to someone today who has made a difference in our world - ras-world !