“When Merton returned once again to Calcutta, it had become a city [he] loved. There were still the disintegrating slums, yet Calcutta had become more colorful, graced with white cranes and green coconut palms. . . [H]e had been in India long enough to see not only the destitution but the beauty. He was sensitive to a certain nobility in the city’s sordidness. He noticed ponds and lotuses, Communist slogans painted on walls, water buffalo and sacred cows, rickshaws and movie posters. The urban noise had become a kind of silence.”
-Jim Forest, Living With Wisdom: A Life of Thomas Merton

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