Question: Guru, sometimes when I am folding my hands or trying to be devotional, I wonder if I am being insincere.1

Sri Chinmoy: A struggle is going on between the mind and the heart. Then you tell yourself, "No, I have to be sincere!" It happens in many, many cases. You feel that you are not sincere. Then you struggle for five seconds, ten seconds, one minute or two minutes, and finally you say, "No, I have to be sincere, I have to, I have to!" You say, "I do not want to be a counterfeit coin — I want to be a real coin! I want to be a flower of purity and beauty." You struggle, and like you, there are many, many, many, many others who feel that they are not sincere when they fold their hands, but they have to try.

There are many ways to get sincerity. The easiest way to become sincere is to feel the heartbeat. When you put your hands on your heart, try to hear the sound of your heartbeat. Then, very soon you will get real sincerity. Again, you can repeat "Supreme, Supreme, Supreme" or "Guru" as fast as possible. Then your sincerity will come to the fore. But the first way is so easy: just fold your hands and hear the sound of your own heartbeat. Then purity comes to you, and sincerity comes to you. Very good question!


  1. NED 26-28. Sri Chinmoy answered these questions in Belek, Turkey on 3 December 2006.