A Hindu saint who was visiting the river Ganges to take a bath found a group of family members on the banks, shouting in anger at each other.
He turned to his disciples smiled and asked, "Why do people in anger shout to each other?"
Disciples thought for awhile, one of them said, "Because we lose our calm, we shout."
"But, why should you shout when the other person is just next to you? You can well tell him what you have to say in a soft manner." asked the saint.
Disciples gave some other answers but none were satisfactory.
Finally the saint explained,
"When two people are angry at each other, their heart distance alot. To cover that distance they must shout to be able to hear each other. The angrier they are, the stronger they will have to shout to hear each other to cover that great distance.
What happens when two people fall in love? They don't shout at each other but speak softly, because their hearts are very close. The distance between them is either non-existent or very small..."
The saint continued,
"When they love each other even more, what happens? They do not speak, only whisper and they can get even closer to each other in their love. Finally, they don't even need to whisper, they only look at each other and that's all. That is how close two people are, when they are in love."
He looked at his disciples and said, "So when you argue with your loved ones do not let your hearts get distant. Do not say words that distance each other more, or else there will come a day when the distance is so great that you will not find the path to return. They may end up in divorce, for instance."