Sri Chinmoy: It depends on your connection with the person. If you sincerely feel an inner connection, then giving gifts helps them both inwardly and outwardly. But if you do not have any connection, if you give somebody a birthday gift just because that person gave you a gift on your birthday, then there is no feeling behind it and it is silly. But if you give something with utmost feeling, concern and loving oneness, then it does help.
Question: Is there a spiritual advantage for your friends if you give them material birthday gifts?
Sri Chinmoy, The soul's special promise, part 1.First published by Agni Press in 1994.
This is the 999th book that Sri Chinmoy has written since he came to the West, in 1964.