Question: What are the major obstacles to praying meaningfully?Sri Chinmoy: There are two major obstacles. When one does not have enough feeling for one's own religion, one cannot go very far. So first one has to develop a sincere feeling. Then he has to make his religion a living reality, just as the body, the vital and the mind are living realities. Unless one knows and feels that religion is a living reality, he will not be able to make progress through his religion.
Sri Chinmoy, Flame-Waves, part 9, Agni Press, 1978