Question: Is it true that anybody can become a yogi if they really try? 1Sri Chinmoy: What do you mean by "really"? Do you mean "sincerely"? If you mean "sincerely", then certainly, anybody can become a yogi.
Yoga means union with God. A yogi is he who is one with God. Sooner or later, all human beings will realise God. But the person who takes to yoga reaches God sooner. If you yourself want to become a yogini and realise God, then right now start praying. Especially if you want to reach God before the rest of humanity, please do not delay.
Now, how do you go about praying? If you pray to God for candy today, tomorrow you will ask Him for ice-cream and the day after tomorrow for something else. And God will give you everything that you want, except Himself. But if you pray to God only for Himself and nothing else, He will give you all that He has and all that He is. In getting all that He has and all that He is, you will get not only your candy and ice-cream and all that you wanted, but you will also get infinite things for yourself, things that you had never imagined. So pray to God every day to give you what you need and not what you want. He will give you what you actually need to make you one with Him.
A small group-meditation was held on 8 August 1966 at the summer home of Mr. Sam Spanier, Mount Tremper, New York, after which this question was asked by Christine, aged 8 years. Mount Tremper, New York.↩