Question: I want to feel closer to my spiritual Teacher, who lives in another country. What do you advise?

Sri Chinmoy: You need to believe that your spiritual Teacher loves you infinitely more than you love yourself. You think that you are constantly thinking of yourself and taking care of your life, whereas your spiritual Teacher is talking to somebody else here and there, so how can he love you more than you love yourself?

As long as you feel that you have more concern, care and love for yourself than your Teacher has for you, then you cannot become really close to him inwardly. If your spiritual Teacher asks you every day whether or not you had a good breakfast, that is not an expression of his concern. Your Teacher’s way of loving you, the real way of loving you, is infinitely more significant than this. Your capacity to love yourself is like one dollar, whereas his capacity to love you is like a million dollars.

The feeling that your spiritual Teacher loves you has to be brought from your heart into your hesitant or doubting mind. While feeling his love, you are bound to make tremendous progress and eventually convince your mind that he loves you. How can you feel his love? By virtue of your own prayers and meditations.

Sri Chinmoy, Love.First published by Agni Press in 2006.

This is the 3030th book that Sri Chinmoy has written since he came to the West, in 1964.


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