A monk is someone who intelligently and diligently strives for the purest, most enlightened state of consciousness. He takes this to be his primary duty as a human being, and rightly so. He seeks to perfect his consciousness in order to taste the most sublime ecstasy of pure love for God. One does not have to become a monk in order to achieve this, but monk life especially facilitates progress towards spiritual realization.

Dr. Archana Srivastava