Question: How do you feel about the attention that you get? Is that sometimes a hindrance for you?

Sri Chinmoy: No, because I know that I am not the one who is getting the attention. I know that I am not the doer. If somebody offers me love or admiration, I know that it is my Inner Pilot who is receiving it. I am only an instrument.

Question: So it is not Sri Chinmoy?

Sri Chinmoy: It is not Sri Chinmoy. It is the One who, according to my receptivity, according to my capacity, is manifesting Himself in and through me. So if you speak highly of me, I know I am not the one who deserves it, I am not the right person. But there is Someone who has given me the capacity to draw your appreciation and that Person deserves the credit, not me. I am not the doer; I am only an instrument, a channel. So if you appreciate me, this appreciation is going directly to the Source and not to me.

Question: So it is a measure of how successful the Source has been?

Sri Chinmoy: Yes, according to my capacity and receptivity. The One who is inspiring me and trying to manifest in and through me I call my Inner Pilot. Your appreciation directly goes to Him.

Question: You have had this special relationship with God since you were a child?

Sri Chinmoy: I have been praying and meditating since the age of four. Now I am 57.

Question: So you have always known?

Sri Chinmoy: I came from a religious family and I was fortunate enough to follow in the footsteps of my brothers and sisters.

Interviewer: Well, you have been very gracious to meet with me and I want to thank you very much for taking the time. I wish you well.