What is Spiritual Communication with the Master?

Soul-bird drawing by Sri ChinmoyHi, my name is Arjuna (formerly known as Jacob C. Miller, a pseudonym). I am a disciple of Sri Chinmoy’s. I know this because, in March 1994, my local Sri Chinmoy Centre leader informed me that Sri Chinmoy communicated to her (outwardly) that he accepted me as a disciple. I also know this because of the many experiences I have had of an inner relationship with Sri Chinmoy, especially while in his physical presence. But, technically speaking, I don’t need the actual spiritual communication experiences of an inner relationship with him (above and beyond the continuous feeling of joy and love I feel in my heart) to know that he is my Master; I just simply believe it in my heart, although my mind could easily question it.

I have heard of a disciple of Sri Chinmoy’s once say that one time he was writing a letter to his Guru, and, while he was writing the letter, he could feel Sri Chinmoy watching him write the letter. This is an experience that has not been uncommon to me. It is an experience of spiritual (inner) communication with the Master. This disciple went on to say that Guru (Sri Chinmoy) already knew the contents of the letter when the disciple gave it to him, before Guru read the letter.

Basically, I am saying that I know what it feels like to experience some form of an inner (spiritual) communication with the Master, as I believe do many other disciples of Sri Chinmoy (and other Masters) to various degrees and in various forms, as described by Sri Chinmoy below:

“If somebody is able to raise their consciousness and establish a close inner communication with the Master, with the Inner Pilot or with the Supreme, that person will only be appreciated and admired by the soul, by the Master, by the Supreme, because that person is now getting ready to take some responsibility from the Master, the way I am taking responsibility from the Supreme. If somebody develops oneness with me, it will only help me. But while that person is establishing oneness with the Master, that person has to be so grateful, so grateful. If, for any reason, on a particular day he suffers, always he has to say, ‘It is for my good.’”
~ Sri Chinmoy [source]

Everyone experiences some form of spiritual communication with God or their spiritual Master (whichever form the Divine takes in his/her life), although many fail to discern or acknowledge this.

As I said, spiritual communication is an experience of ONENESS with God or the Master. Everyone experiences a spiritual communication with God and everyone is one with God; the question is whether or not he/she is conscious of it. Sri Chinmoy has said:

“Everyone is one with God, but the real spiritual Master has established his conscious oneness with God.”
~ Sri Chinmoy [source]

The term “communication” can mean more than one thing. As an example, Sri Chinmoy has said:

“When we meditate, God talks to us and we most devotedly listen. When we pray, we talk to God and He most compassionately listens.”
~ Sri Chinmoy [source]

Therefore, meditation, when God meditates in and through us, is communication from God. Sri Chinmoy has said:

When we think that it is we who are trying to meditate, then meditation seems complicated. But real meditation is not done by us. It is done by our Inner Pilot, the Supreme, who is constantly meditating in and through us.
~ Sri Chinmoy [source]

God is constantly meditating in and through us, in and through everyone, therefore, everyone experiences some form of communication from God or their Master at all times. Oneness (and thus inner communication) with God is what is normal for human consciousness, for reality, and life. It takes spiritual practice, including sincere prayer and meditation, to come to understand this better.

According to my experience, the experience of meditation itself (or some other form of blessing) is often a form of communication from the Master. But it can also be in the form of divine thoughts or impressions and an unlimited repertoire of ways the Master can inwardly communicate. And these types of communication are forms of blessings. The disciple above who experienced the Master watching him experienced a type of thought/impression coming from the Master. I have experienced many times the Master expressing love, compassion, or kindness to me, or compassionately observing me while expressing these sorts of divine messages to me.

The following aphorism by Sri Chinmoy refers to what I am talking about:

In spiritual communication,
Mental telepathy
Is the beginners’ course.
~ Sri Chinmoy [source]

Here is a quote from a disciple of Sri Ramakrishna’s which helps show how this kind of experience of spiritual communication is normal for a disciple of a spiritual Master:

“So deep was his identity with Sri Ramakrishna that Master Mahasaya no longer considered his thoughts as his own.”
~ Paramahansa Yogananda, from Autobiography of a Yogi. (Master Mahasaya was a disciple of Sri Ramakrishna.) [source]

[Note: Before the book in which the above words appeared was updated, these words used to say that Master Mahasaya’s identity with Sri Ramakrishna was so deep that he could not distinguish the difference between his Master’s thoughts from his own.]

Master Mahasaya

Master Mahasaya (1854 – 1932)

Another type of spiritual communication I have experienced is the feeling of God compassionately listening to my prayers. I could feel God listening as I prayed, and, afterwards, I could feel a sense of nourishing peace within me. Sometimes while praying, I could feel and see a sort of blurriness or fuzziness around me listening to and receiving my prayer. That has happened quite a few times.

Often times, I may not know what God’s Will is, but at least I am conscious of my conscience. I tend to view my conscience as having a source, which would be the Ever Transcending Highest; although there is much I am not conscious of.

The following are some quotes on the truth mentioned in this article — that is: oneness with God — from a few aspirants who have journeyed upon this planet; divine aspirants who have practiced spirituality, whom many have considered to have had a fair degree of spirituality in them, and who knew what they were talking about based off their personal experience and realization (in no particular order):


Mother Meera Blessing

Mother Meera (1960 – )

“Duality exists until we merge in the Divine; then there is only the One. As love grows toward the Master we merge gradually in the Divine…. When we get complete realization then every aspect of us goes into the Divine.”
~ Mother Meera [source]

“Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?”
~ 1 Corinthians 3:16 [source]

“The subject on which I meditate is truth.
The practice to which I devote myself is truth.
The topic of my conversation is truth.
My thoughts are always in the truth.
For lo and behold! – my self has become the Truth.”
~ Lord Buddha [source]

“Let us therefore give ourselves to God with a great desire to begin to live thus, and beg Him to destroy in us the life of the world of sin, and to establish His life within us.”
~ Saint John Eudes [source]

Saint John Eudes

Saint John Eudes (1601 – 1680)

“He who is harmonized by yoga sees the Self abiding in all beings and all beings in the Self; everywhere he sees the same…. The yogin established in oneness, worshiping Me [the Divine Self] in all beings, lives in Me, howsoever he may be active.”
~ The Bhagavad Gita [source]

“One must see God in everyone.”
~ Saint Catherine Laboure [source]

Saint Catherine Laboure

Saint Catherine Laboure (1806 – 1876)

“Do not hypnotize yourself into a belief in your own inferiority. Day and night tell yourself what you really are, until you realize (actually realize) your oneness with God.”
~ Swami Vivekananda [source]

Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda (1863 – 1902)

“In everything, whether it is a thing sensed or a thing known, God Himself is hidden within.”
~ Saint Bonaventure [source]

“One must realize his Self in order to open the store of unalloyed happiness.”
~ Ramana Maharshi [source]

Ramana Maharshi

Ramana Maharshi (1879 – 1950)

“I and my Father are one.”
~ Jesus Christ [source]

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ (c. 4 BC – c. AD 30–33)

“I have known intuitively, from my early childhood, that there is a deeper Self within me. Each one of us has an inner Self. Some are conscious of this inner Self and some are not. Those who are conscious of this inner Self are, according to us, spiritually developed.”
~ Sri Chinmoy [source]

Sri Chinmoy

Sri Chinmoy (1931 – 2007)

“The feeling remains that God is on the journey too.”
~ Saint Teresa [source]

Saint Teresa

Saint Teresa (1515 – 1582)

“Because of the reeds and scum that cover the surface of a pond, one cannot see the fish playing in it; similarly because of the screen of Maya (illusion) that shuts off God from human view, one cannot see Him playing in one’s heart.”
~ Sri Ramakrishna [source]

Sri Ramakrishna

Sri Ramakrishna (1836 – 1886)

“When the five senses are stilled, when the mind is stilled, when the intellect is stilled, that is called the highest state by the wise. They say yoga is this complete stillness in which one enters the unitive state, never to become separate again. If one is not established in this state, the sense of unity will come and go.”
~ Katha Upanishad [source]

“For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.”
~ Matthew 10:20 ESV [source]

“He who realizes his Self, comes to know the Essence.”
~ Guru Nanak [source]

Guru Nanak

Guru Nanak (1469 – 1539)

“God speaks in the silence of the heart, and we listen. And then we speak to God from the fullness of our heart, and God listens. And this listening and this speaking is what prayer is meant to be: oneness with God, oneness with Jesus.”
~ Mother Teresa [source]

Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa (1910 – 1997)


For further reading, you might also be interested in looking at a few stories written by several disciples of Sri Chinmoy from all over the world, many of which reveal some form of inner relationship with their Master.

The following are a few more aphorisms by Sri Chinmoy on spiritual communication and oneness with God:

To commune with God,
Man has his silent meditation.

To commune with man,
God has His urgent Peace.
~ Sri Chinmoy [source]

In my case,
It is not a matter of decision;
It is a matter of obedience.
I simply listen to the Dictates
Of my Inner Pilot.
~ Sri Chinmoy [source]

Every good seeker
Is an embodiment
Of God’s Goodness.
~ Sri Chinmoy [source]

If we cannot dream
Of God,
Then we must at least try to listen
To God’s secret and sacred Whispers
In our inner life.
~ Sri Chinmoy [source]

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One comment on “What is Spiritual Communication with the Master?
  1. alyssa weinberg says:

    “Be in oneness with your Inner Self and do all of your duties; nothing will touch you or pollute you. This living in identity with your Inner Self will give you the attitude of equanimity. An equanimous view of everything that you come across, whether it is men or material, is the ultimate goal of life.” – Lord Krishna

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