Question: Is it possible to experience happiness on the spiritual plane while you are unhappy on the physical plane?Sri Chinmoy: On the physical plane, yes; on the mental plane, no. Suppose you have a very bad headache or cold. If you have a good meditation, you will actually have real inner happiness while on the outer plane you may still have a headache. If your happiness is very strong and powerful, it can either take away the physical ailment, or take away the unhappiness that that ailment is causing you in the outer plane. Again, a physical ailment can be transformed into happiness itself if you have happiness in your inner world. If you are very strong, you will be able to transform physical misery.
Sri Chinmoy, AUM — Vol.II-3, No. 5, 27 May 1976, Vishma Press, 1976