Venanzio Ciampa: Thinking of the problems in the world, one has to wonder if we are really making progress.Sri Chinmoy: Sometimes when we are practising the long jump, we start running and then hesitate a little. So we go back again and take a longer running start. When we come to the board, we say, "Am I going to make the leap? Perhaps I will not be able to cover the distance." So we go back and take an even longer run. This time we do the jump and cover our distance. But if we had jumped the first time, definitely we would not have been able to cover the distance.
Sri Chinmoy, Sri Chinmoy answers, part 17, Agni Press, 1999