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"Mountains of Tibet," by Nan Rae
O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
You understand my thought from afar.
You scrutinize my path and my lying down,
And are intimately acquainted with all my ways.
Even before there is a word on my tongue,
Behold, O Lord, you know it all.
You have enclosed me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is too high, I cannot attain to it.
Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the dawn,
If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,
Even there Your hand will lead me,
And Your right hand will lay hold of me.
Psalm 139: 1-10
New American Standard Bible
"Crane Lake Ballet," by Nan Rae
A Servant's Words
My life is not my own.
I cannot take a breath,
build a dream,
bury a seed,
or open a window
unless God permits it.
God is carving my soul
with the chisel of time
and through each stroke...
I keep surrendering,
Mike W. Blottenberger
Excerpted from "Bless This Day," by June Cotner
Kodansha America, Inc., 1998
Many similes have been offered by religious teachers
to illustrate the relationship between God and man. One
of the best known and most helpful is to think of man as
a spark from a great fire, which is God. The spark is not
the whole of the fire but it is part of it, and therefore of
the same nature, and possesses, potentially, all the
characteristics of the parent fire. It can ignite many
things upon which it falls, thus producing another
fire essentially of the same nature as the original fire.
Emmet Fox (1886-1951)
Famous spiritual leader of 20th century
Excerpted from "Around the Year with Emmet Fox,"
"Pomegranite, " by Nan Rae
We should not separate life from Living, Spirit from matter,
nor Divine Principle from a universal creation. God is "all in
all"; that is, God is, and is in everything. The gardener finds
a divine idea concealed in the seed; loosed into action this
idea produces a plant...The scientist finds an energy
concealed in an atom, and the spiritual genius discloses
an intuitive knowledge which can be accounted for only on
the theory that we lie in the lap of an Infinite Intelligence.
From "Can We Talk to God?," by Ernest Holmes (1887-1960)
Science of MInd Publishing, 1992
"Carp Diem," by Nan Rae
A wave on the ocean has a beginning and an end, a birth and a
death. But the wave is empty. The wave is full of water, but it is
empty of a separate self. A wave is a form which had been made
possible thanks to the existence of wind and water. If a wave only
sees its form, with its beginning and end, it will be afraid of birth
and death. But if the wave sees that it is water, then it will be
emancipated from birth and death. Each wave is born and is
going to die, but the water is free from birth and death.
Thich Nhat Hanh (1926- )
Zen Buddhist monk nominated for Nobel
Peace Prize by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Excerpted from "Essential Writings"
Orbis Books, 2004
You and I are all as much continuous with the physical
universe as a wave is continuous with the ocean.
Alan Watts (1915-1973)
Philosopher, writer, speaker;
popularizer of Asian philosophies in United States
"Pandas," by Nan Rae
God is the one in whom "we live and move and
have our being." Notice how the language works.
Where are we in relation to God? We are in God;
we live in God, move in God, have our being in
God. God is not "out there," but "right
here," all around us.
Excerpted from "The Heart of Christianity," by Marcus J. Borg
And now the Last Word:
Lightning from here strikes there.
When you begin to love God,
God is loving you. A clapping
sounds does not come
from one hand.
Persian Muslim poet and theologian
Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries.
Without them, humanity cannot survive.
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dali Lama (1934- )