"Eastern Light For The Western Mind" by Sri Chinmoy,
"Sincerity and spirituality are of paramount importance in our
day-to-day life. Human life can be successful only when it is
founded on a one-pointed confirmation of Truth in life's
"For a God-lover, sincerity is an oasis in the desert of life. It is
extremely difficult to be totally sincere, but we need sincerity in
the physical, in the vital and in the mind. What is sincerity, after
all? Sincerity is the dynamic horse deep inside us. The rider of
this horse is our psychic being.
"What is spirituality? Spirituality is man's inner urge to run
toward the Farthest, to fly toward the Highest and to dive into the
"An unaspiring man will criticise the imperfections and limitations
of others, although he lacks the inclination, the willingness and
the capacity to perfect his own imperfections and limitations. A man
of spirituality is sincere. Not only does he not criticise the
imperfections of others, but also he is fully aware of his own
shortcomings and tries to correct them. In addition, he sees the
world's imperfections as his very own and tries to perfect them by
perfecting his own nature.
"Sincerity wants to see the light. Spirituality shows sincerity what
the light is, where the light is and how the light can be seen.
"An ordinary person loves the body infinitely more than he loves the
soul. A spiritual person loves the soul infinitely more then he
loves the body. Why? He knows that his body will last only fifty,
sixty, seventy or eighty years, and then he will have to give it up.
Each time he reincarnates he dons a different body, but he has the
same soul throughout all his lives. He knows that the soul is the
conscious representative of the Supreme, revealing and manifesting
in each incarnation the embodied Truth on earth. That is why a
spiritual person loves the soul much more than he loves the body.
"An advanced seeker of the infinite Truth will give equal importance
to the soul and the body. He knows that he needs the soul in order
to enter into the Highest, the Ultimate, the Transcendental Beyond.
He also needs the body in order to manifest the Truth that he
achieves in the highest plane of consciousness. He needs the
physical in order to manifest the divinity within him. It is here on
earth, in and through the body, that he can fulfil God's Vision and
"The body we need; the soul we need. The body cries for light, more
light, abundant light. The soul cries for God's manifestation. His
total manifestation, and for perfect perfection here on earth.
"As the world needs a sincere man, even so God needs a spiritual
man. Without a sincere man, the world will remain weak. Without a
spiritual man, God will remain unfulfilled on earth. Sincerity is
God's Heart; spirituality is God's Breath. When we offer our human
sincerity to God, God becomes all Love. When we offer our limited
spiritual cry to God, God becomes all Joy, all Pride.
"With his inner light, a spiritual man can easily succeed here in
the material world. This light is his soul-power. This power is not
destructive, but constructive. When a spiritual man deals with the
outer world, he has no need to fear anybody or anything on earth.
His soul-power will always come to the fore to help him establish
the Kingdom of Heaven on earth.
"A sincere man is of paramount importance on earth, but his
sincerity cannot take him very far. He may be sincere to his
friends, to his family and to the world at large; but if he does not
have the inner cry, he will not be able to enter into Infinity,
Eternity and Immortality. No doubt he is far superior to an
ordinary, insincere man. But if he does not feel the need to aspire,
if he does not feel the necessity of growing into the Light of the
Beyond, if he does not have the inner urge, then for him the
Transcendental Goal will always remain a far cry. His aim is only
limited perfection, limited joy and limited achievement.
"A spiritual person has an inner hunger. This hunger is constant.
This hunger is for the Unlimited, for Infinity itself. His
dissatisfaction is not the dissatisfaction an ordinary person feels
when he does not get what he wants. When a spiritual man is
dissatisfied with the world, he is dissatisfied precisely because he
feels that the wealth of the world has no real value. He wants
Infinity, Eternity and Immortality, and these he will get only from
his aspiration. In order to have aspiration, he needs God's infinite
Compassion; and he wishes always to bask in the sunshine of God's
"Again, a spiritual person does not look down on a sincere person.
He feels that this sincere person is his younger brother. He who has
sincerity today has every possibility of entering into the world of
"Sincerity and spirituality should go together. If one has sincerity
only, God-realisation will dawn on him in the distant future. But if
one has spirituality along with sincerity, then he is destined to
realise God very soon. With sincerity's help, slowly and steadily we
can go to God. With spirituality's help, we can bring God to us
quickly, convincingly and triumphantly."
This was a talk given at Fairleigh Dickinson University
in New Jersey on 11 March 1970.