Mr. Bill Paradis: Is there a basic difference between religion in the East and religion in the West?Sri Chinmoy: The Eastern approach gives more importance to peace; the Western approach gives more importance to power. But we have to know that basically there is no difference between God’s Peace and God’s Power. Peace is God’s Vision that fulfils itself in the heart-expansion of the Reality Transcendental. Power is God’s Reality that fulfils itself in the life-expansion of the earth-reality. Each manifests itself through the body, vital and mind — especially through the dynamic vital. Peace makes us feel the beauty of God’s Vision. Power makes us feel the duty of God’s Reality.
Sri Chinmoy, AUM — Vol.II-3, No. 1, 27 January 1976, Vishma Press, 1976