Question: How do you see the physical body as entering into the scheme of things?Sri Chinmoy: The physical body is a temple. We have to keep the physical clean and purified and in good repair. Otherwise, even if we achieve something high we will not be able to keep it permanently. We must not discard the physical, but we must try to keep it pure and divine for the soul to work through. And when the soul comes to the fore, the physical has to invite and accept the Light, and become part and parcel of the soul's consciousness. Only then can the physical be properly used for the divine manifestation.
Sri Chinmoy, Fifty Freedom-Boats to one Golden Shore, part 4, Agni Press, 1974