“So we are preaching not any particular type of religion. Religion is described in the English dictionary as “a kind of faith.” Actually, religion does not mean. The Sanskrit word dharma, that dharma means characteristic. It is not a kind of faith — characteristic, or occupational duty. Generally it means characteristic. The characteristic is that every living being, whether it is animal or human being or tree or plants or insect… Every living being has a particular characteristic that is visible in all kinds of forms of living being. That is service. Everyone is rendering service. ”
Bhagavad-gita 7.1 — Sydney, February 16, 1973
“A tree gives glory to God by being a tree. For in being what God means it to be
it is obeying Him. It “consents,” so to speak, to His creative love. It is expressing
an idea which is in God and which is not distinct from the essence of God, and therefore a tree imitates God by being a tree.”
Thomas Merton. New Seeds of Contemplation. (New York: New Directions Books, 1961).