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The Beliefs of Thomas Merton and Mahatma Gandhi David Wardwell Religion and Personal Experience Thomas Merton and Mahatma Gandhi both speak of God in a personal way They both speak of God as truth Famous Thomas Merton Trappist American monk was a traditional Christian Born in France in 1915 and died in Asia in 1968 Merton was greatly influenced by the complexities of the twentieth century His writings served as a personal may in his search for God He pursued the ascending path towards the eternal kingdom of truth towards heaven while leaving the world of shadowy existence behind Truth would be a passion of his life He also took it upon himself to speak on behalf of the disenfranchised of the word Thomas Merton was a dynamic modern man who committed himself to a lifelong search for a meaningful and authentic way of life He had only one desire and that was the desire for solitude-to disappear into God to be submerged in his peace to be lost in the secret of his face This singular passion and boundless energy led him to combine in one life a unique variety of roles prolific spiritual writer and poet monk and hermit social activist all while living at the Trappist monastery in Gethsemani Kentucky Merton a monk under a vow of silence found fame by not seeking it by speaking the truth Much can be said with the praise the truth will set your free Merton provided a path that is still setting people free Freedom from silence Many feel that a monastery is a sanctuary to escape from the realities of the real world Merton saw it as helping rescue the world from the new dark ages In the night of our technological
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