An Older Unity

The Dalai Lama visits Thomas Merton’s grave in 1997 at the Abbey of Gethsemani

“And the deepest level of communication is not communication, but communion. It is wordless. It is beyond words, and it is beyond speech,and it is beyond concept.

Not that we discover a new unity. We discover an older unity. My dear brothers, we are already one. But we imagine that we are not. And what we have to recover is our original unity. What we have to be is what we are.”

~ Thomas Merton from his Asian journal

via (The Dalai Lama visits Thomas Merton’s grave in… • Mercury Mysterium.

I saw this beautiful photo and quote from The Asian Journal of Thomas Merton, and I knew I had to reblog it. Merton was one of my gateways to the East, and this quotation describes what he had discovered in his contemplation. In these times, we should be thinking of our fundamental unity.


About Richard Hudak

I am Senior Adjunct Faculty in Sociology at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and I have been a practitioner of Anusara™ yoga. I have completed 200 hours of teacher training within its diaspora community, consistent with its philosophy and alignment principles.
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