11 April 2013 - QA5

Why is it that when one becomes closer to the spiritual master, he is faced with more difficulties in life, and why does he not give up?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:

Yes, there are some who like challenges, they love challenges. Otherwise why would people go on a sailboat around the world? Why would they go and start climbing Mount Everest? Because people like challenges.
It is the ego which wants some big challenges. So, some people may want to do that, and they’ve chosen those difficult routes.
Never mind, when you are on this path, you will do everything with a smile. That is the strength of the path.