Mr. Edwin Ross: Now, when you say "God-realisation," can you elaborate on this? As a Westerner, I recognise that it is a religious concept. And I think I have heard other, similar phrases in talking about this with you before. But could you please explain the phrase "God-realisation"?Sri Chinmoy: To me, God-realisation does not mean that we must kill all our emotional feelings, or we must pronounce a curse on the world. It is not that this world and God-realisation cannot go together — that either we have to live an inner life or we have to be fully one with the outer life. True God-realisation never obliges an aspirant to leave this world or to live the life of a recluse. God is in everything; He is everywhere. Where should one go to find Him? He being Omnipresent, we must try to feel Him, realise Him and be one with Him in every part of our being and in all our day-to-day movements. That is to say, when we breathe in and breathe out, it is God that is within us coming in and going out.
Mr. Edwin Ross: Occasionally I have heard, from various pulpits in the West, people speak of recognising the Omnipresence of God in everything, and yet somehow I must confess that one gets the feeling that, while this is said on one side of the pulpit, it is not practised very much or not realised very much on the other side — not in the West, at least. And yet, the impression I get is that in the East, in India, in yoga, there is more of a feeling of this realisation, or God-realisation, as you put it, Sri Chinmoy, among the actual participants, not just the leaders.