Question: Does every person who realises God become a spiritual Master?

Sri Chinmoy: There are hundreds of students every year who get their Master's degree from a university. Some then enter into an office or business, while others begin to teach. Similarly, in the spiritual life, some people who have realised God teach others how to realise God, and some do not. Those who do not teach the world are God-realised nevertheless. We cannot deny it. But it has taken them many incarnations to cross the barriers of ignorance, and they are now really tired. It is not an easy thing to realise God, and they feel that they have acted like real divine heroes in the battlefield of life. They have fought against fear, doubt, anxieties, worries, imperfections, limitations and bondage and conquered these forces. Now they feel that they have every right to withdraw from the battlefield and take rest. Their souls speak to God, and if God says they do not have to take conscious part in the cosmic Game any more, and may just observe, then they withdraw. If they have God's permission, naturally they can remain passive.

But the souls who do take part in God's manifestation are also doing something very great. They may not take an active part in the world, they may not go from one place to another to teach or open spiritual Centres and accept disciples, but in their meditation they try to offer illumination inwardly by offering their conscious good will to mankind. How many people offer their good will to mankind? Ordinary human beings quarrel, fight and consciously or unconsciously do many undivine things against God's Will. But in the case of these realised souls, they do not enter into any kind of conflict with God's Will; their will has become one with God's Will.

We cannot say that he who works outwardly for mankind is greater than he who helps inwardly. What is of paramount importance is to listen to God's Will. We cannot say that one who is crying for mankind and trying to help is greater than one who withdraws. He alone is great who listens to God's Will. If God tells one illumined soul, "I do not need you to move around from place to place. You just give your Light inwardly," then that person is great by offering his Light inwardly. And if God tells another soul, "I want you to go into the world and offer humanity the Light you have," then the Master is great by helping humanity. Everything depends on what God wants from a particular soul.