Question: Will outer happiness help our spiritual progress?Sri Chinmoy: If you are happy, it will help you to a great extent. That is the only way. If you are unhappy, you won’t make any progress at all. On the contrary, you will be marching backwards. Real outer happiness is not self-deception. It does not come from wasting time and indulging in pleasure-life. Real outer happiness is something totally different. It comes from inner satisfaction, inner joy.
Sri Chinmoy, AUM — Vol.II-3, No. 5, 27 May 1976, Vishma Press, 1976