Sri Krishnaprem is very learned and wonderfully adept at expressing difficult concepts in writing. Here is a nice quote that I came across this morning from page 207. This is from a letter written to Dilip Kumar Roy.
“You say you find it hard to go on. That is a good sign. This path is the hardest path in the world and as long as we find it easy we may be sure we are not getting very far but free-wheeling easily along a level road. Oh yes, we may be happy and peaceful for a time but that happiness or peace is illusory: anything can disturb it and we achieve nothing. His peace is something quite different, something that has its being in the very heart of tremendous winds, winds which would shatter us to atoms. It is only when the strain begins to tell on us, when the breath comes short, that we can know that we are really climbing. Till then all that we have done at most is to go over rapidly the ground we covered in a previous life. This life begins when the strain comes on–scarcely before. There is no attainment of Him until the egg-shell of self is broken. Why should we complain when the breaking strain begins to come on? With pain we are born physically and spiritutally, but it is the inner life that we seek and not the self-enwrapped bliss of uterine existence.”