Question: Would you be classified as a Swami?

Sri Chinmoy: I should be classified as a spiritual Teacher.

I thought that was primarily what Swami meant?

Sri Chinmoy: A spiritual Teacher can be of various types and of different calibres. He can be called a Swami or Guru or can be addressed by a number of other titles like Acharya, Sant, Yogiraj, Nath, Rishi, etc. But I prefer to be called a spiritual Teacher.

So there is not really any difference between a Guru and a Swami or other titles?

Sri Chinmoy: Yes, there is a difference in grade. A Guru is supposed to be one who has inner identification or conscious oneness with God, whereas the Swami need not be spiritually fully awakened or spiritually realised.

This is, of course, in Yoga?

Sri Chinmoy: Yes, in Yoga.