Mr. Schonfeld: That would account for your form of meditation. What do you see as the difference between the East and the West?Sri Chinmoy: In the East people care more for the inner light than for the outer light. In the West people tend to be for the outer light first and then for the inner light. There is nothing wrong with the quest of the western world. In the outer life, the scientific discoveries of the West have taken man very far. The West tries to run very fast in the scientific world. The East cried and cried for the inner world, for the inner light. So naturally the East discovered inner peace and the West discovered scientific proof.
Sri Chinmoy, Obedience: a supreme virtue, Agni Press, 1977