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Sri Chinmoy answers, part 2
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. Published on srichinmoylibrary.com with the permission of Sri Chinmoy. This is the 1069th book written by Sri Chinmoy after he came to the West in 1964.
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Question: Our paper is called
, which you so beautifully rendered into song. There is one question we ask everybody when we start. We ask, "Are you a Hindu?"
Question: One of the things that you talk about a lot in your writings is self-transcendence. We were talking to Ashrita about his breaking the brick-carrying world record, which was certainly an example of self-transcendence. He said that after he had walked around the track with a nine-pound brick for forty miles, he was on the verge of collapsing. Then you came and your presence and a few things you said put him into a state of self-transcendence. What do you do? How can you catalyse a person, or how can a person catalyse himself to transcend what he believes are his normal limitations?
Question: I understand you spent time at Sri Aurobindo's Ashram. I was very impressed that all the members of the Ashram are celibate at all ages. Even married, they practise
, or continence. I've noticed that many of your devotees don't have children. I'm wondering how you instruct them or inspire them or talk about this area of
Editor: We'd like to ask you to offer your advice to the average person or to someone who is just beginning to acquaint himself with meditation as to how he can make it a more integral part of his life.
Question: We're interested in hearing a little more about what made you decide to come to the West.
Question: You have gathered around you in Jamaica, Queens a very special group of souls. One thing always impresses us: every one of your students that we meet is completely committed to the spiritual life. It's a wonderful change from some of the semi-seriousness that we see in other groups. How do you see that little enclave of aspiring seekers gathered near you? They're out on their own, but also nearby, although not in your ashram or home. I don't think there's another group like it.
Question: Do your students have the opportunity to come to you privately at home?
Question: Why is it that you so seldom give talks these days?
Editor: At the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago, your silence spoke louder than all the other speakers.
Question: Do you think that the kind of extended family that is found in India, in which fathers, mothers, aunts and uncles all live together, could create a more stable society in the West?
Interviewer: Sri Chinmoy, what message are you trying to spread around the world?
Interviewer: When you talk about peace, are you talking about having no wars, or individual peace?
Interviewer: When meeting with world leaders, what do you speak about?
Interviewer: Do you think of anything in particular while meditating?
Interviewer: What about sports? What does it have to do with your mission?
Interviewer: What about the competitive element in sports? Isn't that another form of showing supremacy?
Interviewer: What do you think of the Olympic Games?
Interviewer: What roles do your students play in your mission?
Mr. Inoue: Where does your energy come from?
Mr. Inoue: You have just spoken about the importance of prayer and meditation. I am wondering if there are also other things in our everyday life that are important and which we should be attentive to.
Mr. Inoue: I understand that you place great importance on taking care of the physical body. Would you please tell me why you do this?
Mr. Inoue: Lastly, Sri Chinmoy, what do you feel is the most natural or best way to live? I used to work in the agricultural field, but now I am having to co-ordinate projects in the office. I feel sad since I think that perhaps the pure life is to be out in the field working agriculturally.
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