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Sri Chinmoy speaks, part 1
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. Published on srichinmoylibrary.com with the permission of Sri Chinmoy. This is the 269th book written by Sri Chinmoy after he came to the West in 1964.
Table of Contents
My Puerto Rico
O my Puerto Rico
Desire-life and aspiration-life
Question: How can I maintain my inner strength during my meditation?
Question: Could you say a few words on your purpose in coming to the West?
Question: Thank you very much. There seems to be a growing number of young people in the West who are interested in spirituality. Could you comment on that — if you see any reason for that or any future to it?
Question: Why at this period in history is the West, which has been developing materialistically, now beginning to develop spiritually?
Question: Could you say something about your activities at the U.N.?
Question: How do you find the response; do you find it is growing?
Question: How did you come to begin doing this work at the U.N.?
Question: Do you have any comments on the world food problem — the fact that many people are starving and more will be starving? Some people say that that is due to the fact that it requires much more grain today to feed a cow than a person would eat directly.
Question: Can you explain to us your philosophy of love, devotion and surrender?
Question: What is the cause of this separation between man and God?
Question: What about the fact that we take physical incarnations? Isn't that separation right there? I mean, just the fact that we all live in individual homes and do different tasks and things like that?
Question: When people in America began to take an interest in Eastern spirituality, many of them were disillusioned with social action and the consciousness of social problems, and they just wanted to meditate and be quiet. But now people are beginning to form communities to work together and to develop a little bit of that sense you were talking about. What is your view of the relation between spirituality and social consciousness?
Question: What is the purpose of ignorance?
Question: Is it necessary to have a Guru, or teacher, to come to this realisation?
Question: The opportunity is not open to everyone. Not everyone finds the right teacher.
Question: Do you believe there is only one teacher for each individual?
Question: What happens if you disagree with some of your Master's teachings?
Question: In the East there is more of a tradition of seeking a teacher like this. But in the West we are more into being individual. Could you comment on that please?
Question: You experienced God-realisation. When did this happen and how did it change your life afterwards?
Question: And then you came to America?
Question: How do you go about spreading your teachings? Do you write?
Question: What is the greatest thing we can do for our children?
Question: At what age can you get a child to start meditating?
Question: What do you think of marriage? And what do you think the spiritual place of a man and a woman is in this life?
Question: Can a husband and wife have different teachers?
Question: But does the union of two people diminish at all when they are following two different paths to the same thing?
Question: What about the place of women in the spiritual life at this time of "women's liberation" and all that? What is the woman's real place in a spiritual sense and a man's real place?
Question: We don't want to take much more of your time.
Editor's preface to the first edition
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