"Seeker, do not follow any path, for all paths lead there, truth is here"
Eckhart:- They do Him wrong who take God in just one particular way;they have the way rather than god.
Or, as per a comment on the Dhammapada by Thomas Cleary, speaking of a "classical zen text" of a path that....."no celestial beings can see to strew flowers upon, and no demons or outsiders can see to spy upon."
However, just linking this with the Merton thread, and of Merton's early - in his monastic life - words.....But it certainly is a wonderful thing to wake up suddenly in the solitude of the woods and look up at the sky and see the utter nonsense of everything, including all the solemn stuff given out by professional asses about the spiritual life: and simply to burst out laughing, and laugh and laugh, with the sky and the trees because God is not in words, and not in systems, and not in liturgical movements, and not in "contemplation" with a big C, or in asceticism or in anything like that, not even in the apostolate. Certainly not in books. I can go on writing them, for all that, but one might as well make paper airplanes out of the whole lot.
....and of his words much later in his monastic life quoted by Snoopy/bhaktajan.....No writing on the solitary, meditative dimensions of life can say anything that has not already been said better by the wind in the pine trees. These pages seek nothing more than to echo the silence and peace that is “heard” when the rain wanders freely among the hills and forests. . . .
Seemingly no movement at all, yet in between them, in Merton's unfolding life, a deep commitment to the Monastic Vows of Obedience, and obedience to a Faith and a Tradition that Merton took seriously. As is evident from his Journals.
(And, seattlegirl, sorry, I have no comprehension at all of exactly what the post of etu malku is alluding to!)