Questions and answers

The following questions were asked by Chetana on the occasion of her birthday, 10 October 1976.

Question: What is the date when I will realise God?

Sri Chinmoy: First of all, how do you know that you have not realised God? Everybody here has realised God. But there is something called conscious realisation of God and something called unconscious realisation of God. Unconscious realisation of God you already have because you have consciously accepted the spiritual life. Once you accept the spiritual life, unconsciously you have realised God. Now you have to realise God consciously. You have to pray and meditate consciously, inwardly and unconditionally.

There is an earthly calendar and there is a heavenly calendar. The date of your God-realisation is not yet written on the earthly calendar, but on the heavenly calendar the date is written. But one fleeting second on the heavenly calendar is hundreds of years on the earthly calendar. One millionth of a second on the heavenly calendar becomes hundreds of years here on earth. Since you are a spiritual seeker, let us say you are dealing with the heavenly calendar. In terms of heavenly time, you will realise God very soon. In terms of earthly time, perhaps you will have to wait for a few years.