Thomas Merton Quotes.

11. "In all spiritualities there is a contrast between the affective or13 devotional (bhakti) and the intellectual, anoetic type of experience (raja yoga)."
- Thomas Merton, The Inner Experience: Notes on Contemplation

12. "As soon as one is conscious of the presence of the Master, one must, in all passivity, abandon the work to Him."
- Thomas Merton, The Inner Experience: Notes on Contemplation

13. "To anyone who has full awareness of our exile from God, our alienation from this inmost self, and our blind wandering in the region of unlikeness, this claim can hardly seem believable. Yet it is nothing else but the message of Christ calling us to awake from sleep, to return from exile, and find our true selves within ourselves, in that inner sanctuary which is His temple and His heaven, and (at the end of the prodigal’s homecoming journey) the Father’s House."
- Thomas Merton, The Inner Experience: Notes on Contemplation

14. "To praise the contemplative life is not to reject every other form of life, but to seek a solid foundation for every other human striving. Without"
- Thomas Merton, The Inner Experience: Notes on Contemplation

15. "The lights of prayer that make us imagine we are beginning to be angels are sometimes only signs that we are finally beginning to be men. We do not have a high enough opinion of our own nature. We think we are at the gates of heaven and we are only just beginning to come into our own realm as free and intelligent beings."
- Thomas Merton, The Ascent to Truth

16. "The earthly desires men cherish are shadows. There is no true happiness in fulfilling them. Why, then, do we continue to pursue joys without substance? Because the pursuit itself has become our only substitute for joy. Unable to rest in anything we achieve, we determine to forget our discontent in a ceaseless quest for new satisfactions. In this pursuit, desire itself becomes our chief satisfaction."
- Thomas Merton, The Ascent to Truth

17. "The only thing that can save the world from complete moral collapse is a spiritual revolution. Christianity, by its very nature, demands such a revolution. If Christians would all live up to what they profess to believe, the revolution would happen."
- Thomas Merton, The Ascent to Truth

18. "Discernment and detachment (Jurists and apatheia) are two characters of the mature Christian soul. They are not yet the mark of a mystic, but they bear witness that one is traveling the right way to mystical contemplation, and that the stage of beginners is passed. The presence of discernment and detachment is manifested by a spontaneous thirst for what is good—charity, union with the will of God—and an equally spontaneous repugnance for what is evil. The man who has this virtue no longer needs to be exhorted by promises to do what is right, or deterred from evil by threat of punishment."
- Thomas Merton, The Ascent to Truth

19. "All of this is mystification. The city itself lives on its own myth. Instead of waking up and silently existing, the city people prefer a stubborn and fabricated dream; they do not care to be a part of the night, or to be merely of the world. They have constructed a world outside the world, against the world, a world of mechanical fictions which contemn nature and seek only to use it up, thus preventing it from renewing itself and man."
- Thomas Merton, Raids On The Unspeakable

20. "هیچ کس نمی تواند به جستجوی خدا برآید مگر آنکه از هم اکنون او را یافته باشد و هیچ کس نمی تواند خدا را بیابد مگر آنکه پیش‌تر از سوی خدا یافته شده باشد"
- Thomas Merton, The Silent Life

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