Question: But what is this supposed to do for you?

Sri Chinmoy: It is just like receiving candy. If a mother gives her child some candy once or twice and the child likes it, then he starts asking for it. He himself goes to his mother and says, "Please give me some of that candy." These spiritual experiences are like that. They are the first reward, or you could call them the first spiritual temptation. They are not a temptation in the undesirable sense; they are a temptation to pursue the inner life for the joy of the experiences one gets. These experiences are the beginning of one's spiritual wealth. In the beginning the experiences may come of their own accord to inspire you. But then you have to earn them. You have to work for them, pray for them. You have to meditate to get them.

Sri Chinmoy, A life of blossoming love.First published by Agni Press in 1992.

This is the 883rd book that Sri Chinmoy has written since he came to the West, in 1964.


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