One of the greatest physical dangers for the monks and monasteries over the years have been conflagrations. The age of the buildings, the immense wooded areas which surround the monastic settlements and the numerous wood stoves provide a continuous threat.
The spiritual life of the monk is similarly hazardous. He is under continuous threat from the internal spiritual fires which are a part of his everyday life. The art of monasticism is to fight and ultimately overcome these fires within, constantly progressing towards the true light from above.
This is why monks seek to maintain their serenity and peace, even during the most critical moments of their life.
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