Heaven's door is only for jokersI enjoy joking with the Germans. This morning I told Shikha, Sutikhna and Minati that Madal Bal has to give me a stronger-than-the-strongest drink so that I can lift up 700 pounds. In this lifetime if you don't cut jokes, Heaven's door will not be open for you. Heaven's door is open only for jokers.
— 11 September 1986
Sri Chinmoy, My weightlifting tears and smiles, part 1, Agni Press, 1986