Question: Would you kindly advise me as to whether I should leave my wife and child in order to enter deeper into the spiritual life?Sri Chinmoy: In your case, I feel that you must remain with your wife and child. Today you want to leave them, tomorrow you may want to leave God. It is not in the act of leaving aside humanity that you will be able to realise God. In remaining with them, your realisation will be deeper and more fulfilling. True, at a certain stage of our spiritual journey, the renunciation of the gross material life is necessary, but at a higher stage it is no longer necessary. At the highest stage, we neither seek nor renounce anything.
Sri Chinmoy, AUM — Vol. 1, No. 6, 27 January 1966, Boro Park Printers -- Brooklyn, N. Y, 1966