Question: How can we overcome shyness when speaking to people about our path?Sri Chinmoy: Shyness is very bad. When you express shyness, you outwardly pretend to be what you are not and you inwardly try to draw all the world's admiration and attention. Shyness is only a clever way of achieving something. It is a very bad quality. Instead of giving something natural or normal to the world, you are becoming abnormal. In a clever, skillful way you are trying to draw attention. You become shy because you feel that shyness is a divine quality. But you have to know that it is in fact an undivine quality that you should aspire to overcome.
Sri Chinmoy, Transcendence of the past, Agni Press, 1977