Q. Why, if He knows everything, does the Master ask questions?
A. The impressions (Sanskaras) of the experiences of the innumerable past lives of an individual remain in his mental body in the form of thoughts which lie, like seeds, latent and unmanifested. When faced with suitable circumstances and environments, these thoughts are expressed in the subtle body as desires and emotions. And these, when expressed more fully, develop into physical actions in the gross body.
The Master knows the expressed as well as the unexpressed thoughts of everyone, yet he sometimes asks questions. While asking questions He acts, through His working on the inner planes, upon the expressed and unexpressed impressions of the individual or individuals with whom He is speaking, and renders them impotent while they are still in the mental body so that they cannot develop and eventually be expressed in the form of desires and actions.
In short, the Master, through His subtle working, checks certain evil thoughts in their very growth, eradicates the unexpressed desires and thus prevents them from developing into those expressions of desire and corresponding action which might cause harm to the individual and hinder his spiritual progress.
Q. What are the psychic, mental or spiritual reactions to preserving silence, as you do for so long, and in what degree do our organisms react from the same practice over a short period of time?
A. Universal Mind and Infinite Consciousness have infinite ways of working universally. So whichever work one of Infinite Mind and Universal Consciousness does, it reverberates throughout the universe and produces reflex action. If he fasts, the result of fasting is felt by the whole universe spiritually. A Master's working is always for the spiritual end. If he observes silence, the same result is brought about.
Now, the world is laboring under a terrible economic chaos. To follow the spiritual path and to enable the mind to accept the spiritual, the material needs to an extent must be satisfied. So when I, with my own hands, give food and clothing to the poor, the result will be that the world will gain its economic and material welfare. When I give the mad and the