“3) One should chant the holy name of the Lord in a humble state of mind, thinking oneself lower than the straw in the street; one should be more tolerant than a tree, devoid of all sense of false prestige, and should be ready to offer all respect to others. In such a state of mind one can chant the holy name of the Lord constantly.”

Sri Sri Siksastakam

“What is it that makes a [human] life “divine”? Surely if this special quality characterizes [a human being], it must in some sense be recognizable. The “divine” life is, in fact, characterized by a faith which frees [a human being] from all forms of servitude, even and perhaps especially in religious matters (see [Paul’s epistle to the] Galatians’ passim).

“This faith brings [a human being] under the direct guidance of the Holy Spirit of love living in the Church of God. The “divine” [human being], or the “son [and daughter] of God,” is then, paradoxically marked by a great humility and self-effacement. He [or she] is not violent but forgiving and kind (Matthew 5:43-48). He [or she] is free from any need for aggressive self-assertion. He [or she] does not worry about his [or her] own needs, but trusts completely in God for everything (Matthew 6: 19-34).

“The [human being] who leads a “divine” life is, then a perfect son [and daughter] of God in imitation of Christ, who in all things looked only to the will and love of His Father. The divine [human being] lives in constant contact with an inner source of divine life, or as Meister Eckhart would have said, with ‘the divine birth within us.’ ”

Thomas Merton. Love and Living. Naomi Burton Stone & Patrick Hart, editors (New York: Harcourt, Brace, Jonvanovich, 1985): 108-109.

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