” ‘The real identity of the living being is that he is the eternal servant of Krsna.’  So if one engages himself in his original, spiritual business, acting as the servant of Krsna, then all processes of purification and reformation are fulfilled.”

CAT 10: The Process of Purification

“Life is, or should be, nothing but a struggle to seek truth: yet what we seek is really the truth that we already possess. Truth is mine in the reality of life as it is given to me to live: yet to take life thoughtlessly, passively as it comes, is to renounce the struggle and purification which are necessary.

“One cannot simply open his eyes and see. The work of understanding involves not only dialectic, but a long labor of acceptance, obedience, liberty, and love.”

Thomas Merton. Conjectures of A Guilty Bystander (New York: Doubleday and Company,1966): 184.

“A great deal of virtue and piety is simply the easy price we pay in order to justify a life that is essentially trifling. Nothing is so cheap as the evasion purchased by just enough good conduct to make one pass as a ‘serious person’. ”

Conjectures of A Guilty Bystander: 195.